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July 31, 2006

Well-wishers beware

Stephen Baker

A neighbor just urged me to "Have a safe trip." I might be inclined to say that to someone flying into a war zone, but do we really need it for the Portland-Newark red-eye? For me, Have a safe trip" means "Hope you don't get killed." It focuses on the negative, to put it mildly. Am I being oversensitive, or are we a timorous, risk-obsessed culture? What ever happened to Bon Voyage and Happy Trails?

09:58 PM

society

Well, Chinese people always say "have a safe trip" (????) to friends before they take a train or plane to another place. It's just a good wish.

Posted by: flypig at August 1, 2006 04:44 AM

dude, relax. people have been saying, "have a safe trip" long before the current terrorist/disaster/power-of-fear era. if you let it get to you then they've won.

have a nice day.

Posted by: schadenfreudisch at August 1, 2006 11:05 AM

OK, agreed, I was hearing it before 9-11. But it still points to the risks of travel, and not the rewards. And plus, while it makes sense to remember to have a safe trip while driving, what are you supposed to do when flying? Duck your head into the cockpit to make sure the pilot's sober? Ask some probing questions while checking in about weather patterns en route?

Posted by: steve baker at August 1, 2006 12:16 PM

Yes. You are WAY over sensitive.

Does "How are you?" deserve any answer other than "Fine?" So just say "Thank You." when someone wishes you a safe trip.

Posted by: nenz at August 3, 2006 02:19 PM


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