02022-09-24 | Uncategorized | 6 comments

Imagine you flew a long way to Long Beach, California, where you board a Southwest flight to Honolulu. You have another six hours to go until the plane lands in Hawaii and your vacation begins. As you enter the plane you become aware that this could be the worst trip of your life…

I struggle to imagine what would be worse, 200 people attempting to play ukulele or 200 people making phone calls…

Planes need to be more quiet, not louder.


  1. Maria

    Oh wow. That picture is intense. I can only imagine what the plane ride was like.

  2. JaneParham

    Find the silence that is right there beneath the ruckus; then you can enjoy being in your own private stillness. Anyway, I do my best. I first started this in restaurants with loud, unpleasant music. I have fun with it – it’s quite a challenge.

    On a train ride from Washington DC to New York, a friend called me on my cell phone. We got into a yelling match, which caught me by surprise. I told her a thousand times that I had to get off the phone. When I finally hung up, the entire train car broke into loud applause! I was red-faced, I must say!

  3. anne

    ukulele’s always remind me of a brilliant song by sting- “shape of my heart” – (think it is actually done with a v. small guitar…it’s a humble video).

    “I know that diamonds mean money for this art
    But that’s not the shape of my heart”

  4. Nancy

    Noise cancelling headphones and your own music helps. I agree it needs to be quieter, not noisier. I can’t even imagine this. I hate when it is too noisy to read!

    • ottmar

      I like noise canceling headphones myself. My first pair were the Bose QC25 in 2017. I don’t think I have been on a single flight without headphones since. Game changer. Necessity.

  5. Cesco Derendinger

    The “quiet-loving” side of me screams in agony, what a hellish trip must this have been…

    On the other hand, my “I’m-a-teacher” part in me would say; “oh well, this gonna be challenging but somehow, I will get these lads so far, that we all will be able to play a song from start to finish before this plane will drop on Hawaii!”


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