“So do I. I break out in a cold sweat every time I step on one of these planes.”

“Me, too. I just want to crawl up into a catatonic ball when the stewardess goes over the emergency routines.”

“You do? I would never have guessed. You seem perfectly calm.”

“Thank you. It’s an old concert promoter’s trick.”

“Tell me about it.”

“I look down on the ground and try to pick out the major concert venues. For example, when this flight took off from New York, I looked for Madison Square Garden. That’s where U2 is playing on June 16th.”

“Oh, yeah?”

“Yeah. Then I spotted the First Union Center in Philly where Pantera is playing on March 11th.”

“And that keeps you calm?”

“Sure does. Of course, it helps to have a good sense of geography.”

“That lets me out. I can’t tell the difference between Pittsburgh and Bakersfield.”

“Most people can’t. But SnoCore Rock is playing in Pittsburgh on February 5th and Gallagher is at the Bakersfield Convention Center on February 9th.”

“Really? I’m impressed.”

“In fact, I spent this entire flight picking out venues. I saw the Rosemont Theatre just outside Chicago where Aaron Carter is performing on February 28th. And right before we crossed the Rockies, I spotted Denver’s Pepsi Center, which will host Backstreet Boys on February 20th.”

“That’s amazing.”

“It’s actually quite easy, once you get the hang of it. And it keeps my mind off of my fear of flying.”

“An old promoter’s trick, eh? I’ll have to try that sometime. Oh, oh, here’s the worst part. We’re about to land.”

“Right. I guess it’s time to turn the seat belt sign back on.”

“Check, and I’ll radio the tower for permission to land.”