I found myself stuck in a very long line customs line at Dallas Fort Worth airport yesterday morning. It would have been easy to become irritated, as some of my fellow travellers were, with the overwhelming and oppressive American security controls. The best part about a line like that, however, is the people watching. You get an unbelievable sense of just how diverse the world is. A young and very tired woman in a sari stood behind me, returning from India and also flying to Toronto. Further ahead in the line, stood a stylish Japanese fellow – tall, with highlighted hair, snappy glasses, appliquéd boots, shimmery gold and black denim jeans, and a gigantic gold lamé handbag adorned with a huge Cadillac logo. Coming from Mexico, there was a man who must have been pure Mayan blood, judging by his facial features – he could have been the model for so many of the Maya figures you see carved on temples all across the Yucatan. Striding through the airport in bare feet, guitar in hand, was a young man who strummed his way to customs. I waited to see if he would burst out into song — alas no. A painfully polite elderly Japanese lady patiently waited while a Spanish speaking American checked through her documents before sending her on to the border patrol.
All in a all, it was a fascinating way to spend thirty minutes.
In many ways it reminded me of the experience we’ve had launching Calliflower. The lure of free conference calls has meant that we’ve had customers ranging from charities, to political groups, churches, religious outreach organizations, small businesses, trade associations, internet marketers, life coaches, weight loss classes, and more. Early on we had scores of young Arab men and women sign up via the Facebook version of Calliflower – perhaps trying to escape the strict rules of their society. Who knows? And as we introduced our premium offering, with flat rate international conference calling around the world, the diversity of communications topics has only increased. Calliflower has truly been a journey into the myriads of possible conversations, business and otherwise, that we might have in today’s world.