Reaction GIFS Travelers Really Need

We have a Facebook page associated with the From Fresno to Timbuktu site, but you know that, right?  You know that, and YOU HAVE LIKED IT, right?  Go ahead, you can do that now.  I’ll wait for you.

JUST PRESS THE LIKE BUTTON!
JUST PRESS THE LIKE BUTTON!

Now that you have pressed the like button and are perusing our offerings of witticisms, pontificating, and moments of sheer ridiculousness (often brought to you by over-tired children, over-packed husbands, and a cat that finds car rides a better elimination help than Senekot tablets), you can start liking some of our stuff as well.

And by “like”, I mean, “pick an appropriate emoticon to tell us how engaged you are with all this hoo-dee-do.”

Facebook’s new emotion buttons definitely add some range, after all – it is political season and they’ve equipped the world with an ANGRY face (I can’t wait to see that one play out!).  And apparently they put a lot more thought and research into the whole project than just grabbing some emojis and sticking them next to the thumbs up.

The one issue I have with the new emotional range of reactions to my posts about my food creation using various forms of alcoholic beverage as a key ingredient is that THEY AREN’T SHOWING UP ON MY COMPUTER!

Like my tequila lime chicken here. How can I get WOW! reactions on my beautiful Third World tequila lime chicken when I don't have Facebook emotion buttons? HOW?
Like my tequila lime chicken here. How can I get WOW! reactions on my beautiful Third World tequila lime chicken when I don’t have Facebook emotion buttons? HOW?

I assume that I will someday have FB emotion buttons, though.  And it started me thinking – it would be truly awesome to have some travel related buttons.  I mean – let’s do a scenario here:

FACEBOOK STATUS:  

From Fresno to Timbuktu:  Just got into Accra!  It’s so hot!  I’m so glad that I was able to buy what looked like a used bottle of murky water from a guy selling things at one of the intersections near my hotel! So refreshing!

This sort of update is just dying for an emoji gif that somehow says, “I hope you’ve got a toilet handy for the next 24 hours.  And probably a bucket, too.”  Also completely acceptable would be Dolly Parton making a concerned face and saying, “Oh, Honey…”

Oh, Honey...
Oh, Honey…

And what about flights?  I mean, if you travel at all, you know flights don’t always take off, land, taxi, shut doors, or smell like they are supposed to.  I think most frequent travelers can take the standard flight issues in stride.  But what about that time your flight is delayed because there are crazy people?

This expression simply screams, "If you fart ONE MORE TIME on this flight, you will not be disembarking along with everyone else."
This expression simply screams, “If you fart ONE MORE TIME on this flight, you will not be disembarking along with everyone else.”

I mean, how versatile is that look there?  That can be anything from, “I know you heard me say that you are in my seat,” to “We exit this plane by rows.  BY ROWS. And you are behind me, so PUT YOUR ELBOWS BACK IN YOUR CARRY-ON AND PIPE DOWN.”

And what about those sudden airfare sales?  Like that time a glitch let people get airfare from the US to the UK in business class for under $100.  There should really be a reaction photo for snagging one of those little lovelies.

This is EXACTLY how I feel when I get one of those surprise secret fares.
This is EXACTLY how I feel when I get one of those surprise secret fares.

And then there’s also a need for “I don’t think we’re allowed in X-country anymore because my child has committed an unforgivable sin.”

Maybe we aren't banned from all of Austria, but I'm pretty sure we aren't welcome back at the Belvedere.
Maybe we aren’t banned from all of Austria, but I’m pretty sure we aren’t welcome back at the Belvedere.

I mean, we don’t have to get ridiculously specific, like “Some guy on the train tried to steal from my  backpack, but luckily there was a Bruce Lee ninja there to rescue me.”

But I TOTALLY have a picture for that scenario.
But I TOTALLY have a picture for that scenario.