Our travelling party of three took our seats on a redeye last night, from LAX to Newark on Continental Airlines. As we were getting settled in, we heard it. At first, we thought it was a ring tone. It was the district, instantly identifiable sound of a dog barking. Even people who KNEW they didn't have a "dog bark" ringtone checked their phones anyway...it was disjointed, eerie and sad...clearly the sound make by a dog in distress. Then we all seemed to realize it at the same time: the dog was in the cargo hold, in a cage, and not happy about it. The barking didn't stop after takeoff -- or even in mid-flight. As a dog lover, it was especially painful to hear, picturing someone's best friend in a dark cargo hold surrounded by luggage and in the cold temperatures of almost 40,000 feet.
On to music: Anyone who's interest in the Smokey Robinson song "Who's Loving You" was perhaps sparked by hearing several versions of it in conjunction with the Michael Jackson memorial and should listen to the version by the vocalist Terence Trent D'Arby. His personal story is interesting (former boxer in the Army) and his gifts were extraordinary...but his recording career was far too short.