Ron Sparks Author, Poet


Three Lessons I Learned From The Airlines


I was flying to and from Washington, DC last week and I realized that the airlines have taught me many things.  I figured I’d share some of those lessons with you. My empty drink can is not trash.  Neither is my napkin, the wrapper for my candy bar, or the newspaper I am done reading.  They are all “service items” and the attendants are pleased to collect them from me...

USAir Fail


I had a hell of a time getting home this weekend.  I flew up to Washington, DC on Monday of last week and was scheduled to come home on Friday.  You’d think that was a simple task.  You buy a ticket, you check in, you endure a bunch of worthless security measures, you board your plane, and you fly home. Apparently, it’s not that easy. It started at 4:30am on Friday; the day I was...

Captive Audience


You gotta hand it to the airlines – the know they have a captive audience when you fly. We’re all used to the pre-flight checklist the TSA requires the airlines to review with you before each and every flight. We accept them as SOP when we fly. The flight attendants come on over the loudspeaker and go through their shtick so loud it is virtually impossible to ignore them. Now, flying...

The Kindness of Strangers


It’s not often you meet a really kind stranger; someone who is naturally a nice person and without trying, without fanfare, is just genuinely kind. I met one such person last week. On an airplane. I blogged a few days ago about how poorly United Airlines treated me on my flight from Orlando to DC. My return flight was a much more pleasant experience, because of a kind stranger. United, in...

Why I Dislike United Airlines


I fly from Orlando to DC regularly. I almost always fly USAir from Orlando to Regan National in DC. I have lots of miles on USAir, ad I know what to expect when I fly them. I have been disappointed, as are most frequent fliers, at the loss of perks over the years and airlines tighten their belts and charge more for less. This morning I flew, not to Regan National (DCA) but to Dulles International...

Ron Sparks Author, Poet

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Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks is a technology professional, science fiction and fantasy author and poet living in Zurich, Switzerland. His latest book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" is available on


A man of many passions, I lay claim to a myriad of interests and hobbies. Among them, I am an amateur astronomer, an avid motorcycle rider, a whiskey aficionado, a (poor) surfer, a scuba diver, a martial artist, a student of philosophy, a proponent of critical thinking, a technologist, an entrepreneur, a cancer survivor, and I harbor a lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy. Feel free to strike up a conversation on the social networks below.

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