Hob-knobbing

One of the things I forgot about mentioning over the weekend is that I shared a plane with someone who is (moderately) rich and famous. Now, I expect he is much more famous than he is rich. While politicians make well above average salaries, politics usually doesn’t turn them into millionaires.

At various times, in her blog, Andrea has mentioned I have the knack for running into people I know while I’m travelling. On Friday, when the boarding call came for the flight back to NB, I immediately recognized the person who stepped into line 2 people in front of me. Frank McKenna has most recently held the prestigeous position of Canadian Ambassador to the US. “(Frank) won the largest electoral victory in Canadian history in 1987 when his party won every seat in the (New Brunswick) legislature.” (wikipedia)

Now what made that a somewhat memorable event is that in passing through boarding security you have to show photo id. The airline agent looked at him, then at the photo id and boarding pass and then asked him if he was McKenna. Because my seat was further back in the plane I ended up standing by his seat waiting for the person in front of me. He looked up at me and I asked him (with somewhat of a wry grin), “So, is it a good thing when they do recognize you…or, when they don’t recognize you?” He laughed and nodded assent to the second.

Tonight, Andrea, Emma and I went to do a bit of shopping. We ran into a woman (who is now retired) at the grocery store that I worked with 7 years ago. And there was a second lady shopping there who I met in the same time frame but, so far, I’ve been unable to remember where she worked. (I was doing contract work at the time and probably met 1000 people over a span of 5 years.)

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Comments

  1. There’s that photographic memory again! I can hardly remember people I met last week.

  2. While politicians make well above average salaries, politics usually doesn’t turn them into millionaires.

    Corrected sentence–

    While Canadian politicians make well above average salaries, politics usually doesn’t turn them into millionaires. [Down here? Not so much.]

  3. I don’t think american politicians become millionaires in politics. they need to be millionaires to get into politics.

    And I suspect Canada is like the UK, where politicians salaries include amounts for paying assistants and so on so they seem higher than they really are. They also maintain two homes and work crazy long hours. No one here goes into politics for the money.

    I sat opposite Madame Chretien in the Toronto Airport recently. Jean went off with handlers but kissed her before she came and sat in the regular waiting area.