My View For Awhile: WV lo

It’s my first dive through the looking glass into Airportland since I returned from the Holy Land pilgrimage.

Weirdly empty lot.

Strangely empty concourse.

Boarding will be interesting.

I’m off to a conference for priests in West Virginia held by Scott Hahn’s gig St. Paul Center for Biblical Studies. It was terrific last year. This year may have a different dynamic.

More later.


Some things are different. 1st Class can board anytime but otherwise boarding starts from aft forward, from the back to the front. Every other seat is blocked except for people flying together… I presume.

Fewer people meant a shorter boarding period.

We are being assured that the plane is clean and I almost believe it. It smells different than before!

We are also being reassured that “underneath these masks, we’re smiling.”


Rather than go around with a cart,…

And they do NOT talk at us any less. Rather…!


DTW is sparse in a spooky way. I kinda like it.

The Tunnel Of LSD Love is not affected by social distancing.

These CRJ200s are annoying. No social distance in here!

A priest friend also heading to the WV conference was in the boarding area and is also on this flight. I am always pleased when another priest is aboard, since I can’t absolve myself.


Here we are in PIT. The T-Rex says, “Hey.”, laconically.

At the carrousel we have determined that my friend’s bag remained in DTW.

I ask all of you to pray to St Corbinian for the swift delivery of his bag, by van, T-Rex, or bear, we are indifferent.


Our Shuttle van has an interesting mobile phone slot. It’s in the upper corner as the door swings out.

And when the door is closed…

Your phone is easily retrieved! The Deluxe Phone Storage Slot!


Over hill and holler, over river and run…

At our conference location we were given swag bags with … yes … you know what.

BTW… masks are also good laptop screen cleaners!

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  1. acardnal says:

    I’m curious what the mask situation on board? Is everyone wearing one?

  2. Semper Gumby says:

    Have a blessed conference Fr. Z.

  3. hwriggles4 says:

    Fr. Z:

    Have a safe flight – maybe you will get to take a nap on the way too.

    Enjoy your retreat…spend some time outside too.

    Like you I have not flown since February 2020, so I am curious about how things go – I want to go somewhere Labor Day weekend.

    It’s good for a priest to have fellowship with other like minded priests.

  4. Kansan says:

    Thanks for taking us along with you to the airport!
    I’ve been wondering what air travel looks like these days.
    God bless you, always and everywhere!

  5. Sandy says:

    Safe trip, Father, and stay healthy!

  6. JustaSinner says:

    The Amex Centurian club in DTW is outstanding. Shower with plush towels and free flip flops. The food is always great and the staff superb…considering it’s Detoilet, amazing.

  7. Ellen says:

    I enjoy reading accounts of your travels, Father. I am almost 70 and have only flown once in my life. I didn’t enjoy it very much. Have a good time at the conference and I’ll say a prayer for you.

  8. Diana says:

    Have a wonderful time, Father! I always love traveling with you.

  9. SKAY says:

    Like everyone else Father, I really enjoy traveling with you. :-D Thank you.

  10. grateful says:

    Pictures and the descriptions were particularly marvelous, really enjoyable.

  11. acardnal says:

    “Bless You” hand sanitizer. Why didn’t I think of that!!

  12. SanSan says:

    Love travelling with you Father. :)
    Have a blessed time with all your buds.

  13. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Happy St. Kateri’s Day, everyone!

    St. Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us!
    Bl. Edward Langhorne, lawyer falsely accused, pray for us!

  14. beelady says:

    Safe travels, Father!
    Thanks for taking us along – I am flying oit of DTW in a few weeks and was curious if things were back to normal. Apparently not.

  15. Fr_Sotelo says:

    I always enjoy those photos of “the Tunnel of LSD love.” LOL

  16. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Bl. Richard Langhorne. Sigh.

    There was this thing where they sent a warrant for his arrest with the wrong name on it, and he was a lawyer and called them on it. But they arrested him in the Temple with the wrong procedure, all the same, and of course he and the other lawyers could only protest in vain.

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