In recent years, the amount of flying I do has dropped fairly significantly, and qualifying for even mid-level status takes a bit of pushing (I don't do mileage runs as a rule). Nonetheless, I find myself spending as much time on FT, and, of course, now MP, as ever. I'm sitting here in the Red Carpet Club at SNA pondering exactly what it is about travel that appeals to me. I think part of it is the modernity -- a mere 75 years ago, in the time of my grandparents, the world-hopping I do routinely was unimaginable (yet they undertook the long journey from Belorus to New York City in the very early 1900s. Part of it, too, is the sense of freedom -- I don't feel bound to any place I am, knowing that, it a matter of hours, I can be virtually anywhere else in the world. Part of it, too, is the feeling of membership in an exclusive club -- the same club that used to be the exclusive province of the explorers, the adventurers, those who always had an inherent curiosity about what was just over the next hill. I'm now of an age where retirement, though a ways off, is in sight. And I know, absolutely, that, regardless of my financial status, I will spend my "golden years" traveling -- sitting in airports, sweating out tight connections, and savoring that magic moment when I walk out of the terminal and breathe the exotic air of somewhere that I've never been before. How about you?