Monday, March 02, 2009

Traveling back to last April

I've decided to enter a contest that my friend, Rhonda, is sponsoring over at Because Mom Said So. Basically she is offering free miles to whoever has the best travel story. Those miles can't be used for travel to any old place though. The winner of the contest has to go visit her in Connecticut! Um...I've never been to Connecticut! I want to go! I want to win! After much thought on which travel story would be the best...and believe me there are many to choose from...I've decided to go with one that I originally wrote last April. Mainly because it still makes me laugh every time I read it and because I don't have time to write anything new! Why? Because we are traveling! How ironic. Here is a reposting of that story.

My duty

On my trip to America I had the best seat I could have for economy class on the 9 hour flight over the ocean. I was seated over the wing on that big plane. There was a wall in front of me, but it was so far away I had to take my seatbelt off to reach the magazines in the rack. Lots of leg room! I loved it. As we were preparing to take off the flight attendant came by and asked me and the man sitting next to me if we spoke German or English. I replied, "yes, English." The man sitting next to me just looked at her. She asked him again...English? He said yes. I had my doubts, but she seemed to be satisfied. She handed us a card that we needed to read concerning how to open the exit door over the wing, how to inflate the slide, and how we were supposed to help the passengers in case of an emergency. I read over the English portion of the card and looked at the pictures. It was quite interesting how much they expected me to remember in an emergency situation. Look out the window for debris, fire or black smoke. If you see any of these don't open the door, but direct the passengers to an alternate exit. Once the door has been opened wait for the slide to inflate. Make sure it is inflated all the way by observing the stop sign printed on it. Once the slide is ready the sign will disappear. One person stands in the doorway to help assist passengers out of the exit. The other stands at the bottom of the slide helping people as they come down it. It seemed easy enough...if I could remember it when the time came...if the time ever came. The man turned his card over several times from the German side to the English side finally settling on English. Hmmmm. There were pictures as well so if he wasn't getting the English maybe he could tell what he was supposed to do from the pictures. The flight attendant came back and asked if we understood what we read on the card and if we were willing to perform the tasks required of us if necessary. I was thinking that I would do whatever they needed me to do if I could keep the seat with all the leg room! I answered her with a hearty yes I can! She looked at the man next to me and asked him again since he didn't answer her the first time. His response..."it's clear". Ok. I guess he got it. I still wasn't convinced though.

I had a cold when I got on the plane so at this point I decide to take some Nyquil. I downed those pills and immediate thought...oh no. Wait. What if I have to perform my emergency duties while under the influence of Nyquil? Will I be able to do it? Surely a potential plane crash would sober me up! As I drifted off to sleep thinking about the poor man next to me and his limited English and me in my drowsy state I figured out how we could work it if we did indeed need to offer our services to distraught passengers. After the door was opened and the slide was inflated I could go down it to help at the bottom. The man could stand in the exit, look out at the emergency slide and say the three English words I was sure he knew. Yes, it's clear.

Here is a link to the contest again just in case you missed it the first time and want to read up on it. And I guess you can enter the contest as well, but just know that I want to win. So don't be too funny or engaging or special. Because...you know...I want to win.


Mamadallama said...

That is a great story! I really like how you highlighted the words 'yes, it's clear' through the story. Very cute. On a sidenote, Nyquil is a very important part of our travel routine anytime we go by plane. My husband is claustrophobic so he takes 1 Nyquil at the beginning of boarding, then gets on the plane last.

Joy said...

Funny story Natalie. I've never been to Connecticut either. I'd like to go. My Uncle and Aunt and cousins live there. He is a pastor.
I'm not sure if I have great stories about travelling. Keith does. He flies all the time.


Sharon said...

Great story, hope you win. But mostly I'm glad you're traveling this week to see me!

Jennifer S said...

So funny! I love how you brought it all around. Good luck with the contest!

I used to live in Connecticut...have been aching for the last couple of weeks to go back. :(

Natalie said...

mamadallama - thanks! i usually only take nyquil if i am traveling alone. on this flight it was necessary. i got tickets at 9:30 the night before i left my house at 4:30am for a 6:30am flight. i barely slept at all, and i didn't want to get a migraine! it worked and thankfully i didn't need to operate any heavy machinery like airplane emergency exit doors or escape slides!

joy - i had another great story, but it seemed so boring as i wrote it out. i decided that it was one that was better told aloud. i don't know anyone in connecticut...just rhonda...virtually!

sharon - me too! you will have to vote for me if i make the finals!

jennifer - thanks! it sounds like a beautiful place. i hope i win!

Anonymous said...

Great story! I'm always afraid to take meds on a plane. What weird thing will I do or say in my stupor, ya know?!