Thursday, July 22, 2010

Trip from hell...



Poor Princey. He's been having a rough go with traveling by plane lately. On his trip to Denver he had to fly to Memphis for a fuel stop because they couldn't put enough fuel on the plane to make it to Atlanta.

Supahmommy's husband explained the reason they couldn't put a full tank of gas on the plane to me (something to do with heat/altitude/makes the plane too heavy to lift off), but all I heard was "Blah, blah, heat, blah, blah, blah, blah, get home real late, blah, blah..."

When he got to Memphis, they were delayed on leaving due to bad weather in Atlanta. As his plane touched down in Atlanta, the last plane from home was taking off. Literally. They probably passed on the runway. I watched the whole thing unfold online.



Poor Princey. Imagine my 6'4" man sprawled out on those chairs in the airport trying to sleep.... By the time he finished waiting in line for the not so helpful phones and rebooked his flight, it was nearly 2 am. Guess what time the cleaning crew starts up in an airport? Yep. And then all the passengers for the early morning flights begin arriving very shortly after that. Grumpy Prince.....

Yesterday, the Prince got up early and headed out for the airport again. He got to the airport and after waiting until departure time, found out that his flight to Philly had been canceled. He was rebooked on one for early evening. Lovely. Soooo glad he got up so early and drove to the airport and wasted time sitting and waiting just to find out it was all for nothing. Princess would NOT be happy if SHE had to get up early. It would've gotten ugly. When they finally did leave, they spent over an hour on the tarmac waiting for departure. Again, imagine 6'4" of crumpled up legs in an airplane. It's not pretty.



Please...for the love of God....if you see a tall man take the seat behind you....do NOT recline your seat back! It's just plain rude. And you are liable to get injured when his knee punctures your spinal chord.



We are scheduled to leave next week for a trip to Texas for his high school reunion. I am strongly considering changing my flight. He's a bad luck charm for flying.

All this reminded me of our WORST FLIGHT EVER!

My oldest son was a baby. We had been in Texas for Christmas. My poor baby had a bad case of the Rotavirus. If you have ever had a baby with rotavirus, you know that it is the runniest, smelliest, nastiest, vilest stomach virus EVER! Poor thing was blowing through outfits left and right. I packed tons of extra diapers and 7 outfits in my carry on bag....because a good mother is very well prepared.

Unfortunately, I had to break out an outfit before we even made it to the airport. I was smart enough to pack some trash bags to seal up the smelly clothes if I needed. I put the bag with the soiled items in my suitcase before we checked in.

Security was fierce since this was December 2001....after the 911 attacks. The National Guard was checking luggage by hand. The nice young lady checking my bags reached for the trash bag and started to undo the knot. I stopped her and said, "You are more than welcome to open that bag if you need to. However, I am warning you that it contains my son's clothes that have been soiled due to rotavirus and it is quite possibly a stench that you will never be able to erase from your memory." She hesitated as she pondered the correct course of action. She decided to squeeze the bag and feel for nuclear weapons or other dangerous contraband instead of opening it and releasing "the nasty." Smart woman.

We continued on our way and began the trip from hell. Let me spare you all the gory details and skip to the end. By the time we got off the plane in our hometown, my baby was wearing the last diaper I packed and was wrapped up in an airplane blanket. I felt like such a redneck running around with my baby dressed in only a diaper with no shoes. If we had been at Walmart, we probably wouldn't have gotten a second look. But in the airport........lots of stares.


All photos via Google Images


21 comments:

Ian said...

Fuel stop? WTF? Good luck on the upcoming trip

Babes Mami said...

Hahaha...this reminded me of when Babe (almost typed his real name since it's you!) had this awful diaper rash, bleeding and blistered and we had come from the doctor to CVS and I had him in a diaper bc he was supposed to be naked or diapered bc it was hot summer and I thought I could go through the drivethru, the medicine wasn't ready. Had to go in in his diaper, tried to get him to stay in a blanket but he was screaming and squirming (his but was bleeding and blistered!) and people kept giving me the 'bless her heart' look.

Poor Prince, my family refuses to fly into Greenville, I'm always in ATL or NC picking them up!

Evonne said...

I no longer think my flight from hell was all that bad. Sorry!

Maybe you should book a back up flight for your trip to Texas just in case.

Did you know they make diapers that look like denim now? I guess if your baby wears those, it's ok to not wear anything else out in public!

singedwingangel said...

I have never travelled on an airplane with a baby . But my flights into Dallas were bad enough when I was 16.. bad storms , drops in the plane from teh air pockets in teh storm. Big woman next to me screaming we were gonna die.. Yeah I don't fly lol

Ed said...

This is why I drive. Sure, the trip may take longer, but not only is the scenery better, but the OVERALL travel time is less.

Kmama said...

First, I'm so confused. From his trip in Denver, he flew to Memphis and then to Atlanta, and THEN home?? That right there just completely sucks.

And on to the flight from hell...Buddy once EXPLODED head to toe while we were in Washington DC airpor. It was all over the changing table, all the way up his back, etc. I was alone in the women's bathroom and at a loss of what to do. I put my big girl panties on and took care of the situation, but that was the worst thing I had ever dealt with. I can't imagine 7 outfit changes!

Aunt Crazy said...

The only thing I got from this whole post is YOU saying you are coming to TEXAS...hello, Aunt Crazy is in TEXAS...

The Blue Zoo said...

Kinda makes me glad I rarely travel far. And super glad all my boys are potty trained now!!

Meeko Fabulous said...

So when you hoppin' that plane to Vegas in October, huh? ;)

♥Cari♥ said...

Wowzas!! That really sucks!

Frugal Vicki said...

Wow, we go to a lot of the same places. Who knew? Maybe we can share a hotel in Texas sometime and send the men off with the babies.

Christiejolu said...

My daughter had that...OMG it is the worste...I had to take the bus to work and the damn bus driver asked me if that was a perfume I was wearing....Jerk....

The Grasshoppa:Triplets Plus Two Momma said...

This is EXACTLY why human beings need to stop trying to act like birds. We were not meant to fly. The End.

Casey said...

That majorly sucks

Christy said...

that does not sound like a fun trip

good luck on your upcoming flight

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Let me personally apologize for the airport in my home state. It sucks, that's way I don't fly.

And OMG, rotovirus on a plane. We were at home (& hospital) & it was bad enough. :(

adrienzgirl said...

I absolutely hate to fly. I can't tell you how many times I have gotten STUCK in the Atlanta airport. That place is like the black hole of flights. Aaaannd, there are no straight flights from Jacksonville to anywhere, ya know, except Atlanta. We have to fly to Atlanta to get to almost everywhere. It SUCKS!

BDC's father is a pilot, so he can fly for free. He won't fly anymore. PERIOD. He has spent many many a night in the ATL airport on a bench.

So yeah, while I appreciate that the airlines provide for my inlaws, I think I'd rather drive.

Daffy said...

I hate flying....thats all I gotta say about that.

Poolside with the Girls said...

I hate traveling by plane. Never thought I would say that but these last 10 years have been brutal.

Poor Prince. I truly feel for him. It's like being held hostage.

I'm glad I've been to most of the places I wanted to go because I can't bring myself to book plane ticket. Maybe things will change, but for now, I'm grounded!

Ugh!

LambAround said...

I had to show Sexy Nerd your airplane cartoon. As a frequent business tripper, he feels your pain!

Gigi said...

So glad I saw you tweet today...your feed never ended up in my reader, so adding it now.

I have a 6'5 Princey so I understand this story completely!!!