I’m home after an exhausting weekend. I was invited to speak about young adult ministry in Freeport, Maine, for the Northern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It was a great weekend, with some enthusiastic young adults in attendance, and I got to see some old friends (and many of my wife’s old friends). But getting there and back was exhausting. I flew on Northwest to Boston (going through Memphis on my way up and through Minneapolis on my return), and then took the Concord Trailways express bus from Logan Airport to Portland, where my host picked me up. I could have arrived at Paris in less time (France, not Maine). The bus was a better experience than the flights. Roomy seats, good drivers, free snacks and water, free headphones and movies (“August Rush” going up and “The Bee Movie” coming back). The planes however … ever shrinking seats, ever increasing prices, ever more things that you now must pay for. You still get a non-alcoholic beverage at no extra charge–but do you want that bag of peanuts? Two bucks. Want a little snack box? Five bucks. Headphones or movie on a three hour flight? Not available. When you check in, would you like an aisle seat? Maybe an exit row seat? You’ll have to cough up some more money=–$15 or $25, depending on the seat. Want to check a second (or third) bag? Pay $25 for it. Want to use curbside check-in at Logan? That’ll be $2 per bag–and that’s a fee, not a tip.