There is something about sitting on a plane that makes me want to write. Why? I have never been a writer. I’m a speaker! I prefer to speak if I have a thought. Is it because I always sit next to people who look like they would kill me if I spoke to them? Brings up the question as to why everyone always looks so sad on a plane and never smile? Is flying that bad? Doesn’t flying lead to exciting destinations and adventures? I can’t remember the last time I spoke to the person next to me after takeoff. I think stem from the fact that sitting around for extended hours saying nothing means I have to get my thoughts out somehow. (Otherwise I could explode!)
So what are my thoughts today…..I am about halfway to Singapore on SQ220 (No A380 this time….saving that for Thursday coming home) and I am thinking about the people you end up sitting next to on the plane. Why don’t I ever get sat next to an interesting person? Back in my single days I always dreamed of the woman of my dreams sitting next to me (Didn’t we all!). I can see why that never happened. I.e. If Stace had sat next to me on a plane and had to listen to me for 8 hours express my ‘deep aero plane’ thoughts, there is a good chance she would never have married me! Thank you God! I digress.
I believe these thoughts have stemmed from my jealously of the ‘Garage’ Man. Who’s the ‘Garage’ Man? This week I am further investing in property, a garage! Very exciting. The ‘Garage’ Man is the man I am buying the garage off. Pretty Tricky! So, when I met up with him the other day to discuss contracts, the topic of who I worked for came up. When I told him I worked for HP, ‘Garage’ Man broke into a story from 30 years ago. This wasn’t just another old man telling another war story, however it probably would have seemed like that if you weren’t me.
In 1978 ‘Garage’ Man sat next to Bill Hewlett (Co-Founder and President of Hewlett-Packard) on an TWA flight from New York City to San Francisco. In the 7.5 hour flight (Planes were slower then) Bill went on to describe this technology company he started in a garage in Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley with a friend. ‘Garage’ Man listened to early growth and direction of HP. The passion and vision of two men. Amongst other things Mr. Hewlett spoke of his love of technology rather than business. This was evident when he stepped down a few years later from being President to run the R&D labs. The following day Mr. Hewlett sent a car to ‘Garage’ Man’s hotel to pick him up and take him to HP’s Palo Alto HQ for a personal tour by Bill and Dave (Packard). This experience shaped many decisions he made in life.
Bill Hewlett started the World’s largest Technology company in a garage, ‘Garage’ Man sat next to Bill Hewlett on a Plane (And they spoke!), I bought a garage from ‘Garage’ Man. What does the future hold for me? Probably nothing if I look at life this way! However, I long for the day I sit next to someone life changing on a plane. Maybe a Steve Ballmer, a Steve Jobs, a Sergey Brin or a Larry Page? I doubt it though…….They all have their own Jets!
(Further Note: This was some irony in ‘Garage’ Man’s stories. Dave Packard was sitting in the row in front. Bill and Dave always sat next to each other on the plane but TWA had mucked up. Here’s the irony, Bill and Dave were 2 of TWA’s Directors! Bill was going to see personally that TWA never let this happen again)
Sorry for wasting 4 mins of your life. It saved me exploding.