Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Come Fly the Friendly Skies

As I sit in the Cincinnati Airport, I have never been happier to be here....alive. I am flying for a one day business adventure today to Norfolk VA, which is something I have never done. I did not check a bag, but just carried on the essentials: heels (wearing boots for obvious weather reasons), laptop, and some random toiletries (makeup, deodorant, hand-santizer), and my Slash book.

As I board at Toledo Express, I notice that the pilot is yawning. COULD I GET YOU SOME COFFEE? PLEASE, TAKE SOME OF MY RIDALIN!!! OK, calm down. Board the flight and we are off. Mid-flight the tired, or perhaps bored, pilot comes on the loud speaker and announces that we are not landing in Atlanta, but rather in Cincinnati because of some mechanical errors, but of course, it is nothing to worry aobut. So, we descend and I see the runway and it is covered with firetrucks, ambulances, and police cars....waiting for us to land. US! Uh....nothing to worry about!?!?!

I have never seen a plane empty faster. People literally flew off that jet. We had to deplane with a staircase away from the terminal (it is about 5 degrees in Cincinnati today). Then it seemed that I was going to miss my connecting flight so I had to run over to Delta and see how they could rebook me.

Running throught the airport is literally the best exercise known to man and since I tend to always be hot, I have had to lose some clothes. Overcoat, gone. Suit jacket, gone. After I got my flight and all was settled I realized that I had totally sweatted through my shirt and since it is the only one I have with me I must improvise. So now I find myself in the bathroom stall with no shirt on, wiping my armpits with handsanitizer and reapplying some anti-perspirant and deodorant. Strong enough for a man? How bout strong enough for a strung out-stressed out woman tearing through the airport?

Let's hope my trip home is less eventful.

12 comments:

HSL said...

That is so scary. I would be freaking out. Sorry about the pits......I get sweaty feet so I feel your pain!

Nadja said...

I would have had an even bigger problem after that terror: Poopy pants.

Hurley said...

No one feels your sweat pain like I do. By the way, hand sanitizer will make it WAY WORSE, which I'm sure you've already found out. Overcoat and a suit jacket? Do you have a civil war reenactment later in the day? That seems excessive for the airport. ALSO, uhhh, I'll take some of that Ridalin!

Dr. Turtle said...

oh boy, iris....hope things get better today. (though you're making me laugh my bum off at work right now!)

wrestling kitties said...

Did you ever find out what was wrong with the plane? Scary!!

I love your line about strong enough for a strung out-stressed woman.....HAHAHAHA!

Kristen said...

I think that is one benefit of flying, you learn to face your biggest fears. Yes, I could sit here and say, "I'd probably be scared if there was a problem with the flight, but I trust my pilot and my airline." But then when you actually see firetrucks, ambulances, etc. on the runway, I don't care if you are two feet of the ground, your life will come flashing before your eyes. I'm totally serious.

Anonymous said...

kristen would like some of your Ridalin too!

malissa said...

oh MY! too bad you couldn't stick around to see what the actual problem was (probably better to never know!)
glad you are ok.

Two/Dos Pretzels said...

I am SO glad that you're ok.
Traveling blows.

M said...

Whoa. Glad you're safe. Sorry you're sweaty.

Yeah, I don't think they make a deodorant strong enough for a man or woman in a situation like that.

All Things Red said...

Iris, we were worried about you until we knew you were safe. Then we proceeded to wonder how many shots of whiskey you pounded immediately after the ordeal. And D was hoping that you got to operate the emergency 'slide' exit. Too bad you didn't get to experience that.

Nadja said...

Oooo... did you get on the slide? Did you request it even if it wasn't needed?