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Airport Coffee: At an airport, there are always TVs playing the news and the news is always an emergency. At an airport everything is always an emergency.
At an airport, it’s always thirty or forty years earlier than it is anywhere else. In an airport it’s always the twentieth century. A man on a TV somewhere is always talking about an emergency in a measured, cardboard voice, and someone is always explaining the weather with a chart that makes a little whooshing sound, and the weather is always an emergency, too. In an airport it’s always the future but it’s the future from a hundred years ago, stuck forever at the miracle of flight and the broadcast news of the 1990s. The same voice announces that it’s raining in Michigan as announces that your flight has been cancelled as announces that the world is ending in fire and flood. In an airport everything is an emergency and in an airport no one particular emergency matters more than any other, which is to say none of them do, which is to say the world is always ending, and the new weather is always about to arrive.