9.30.2008

Is this an airplane or a bus?

I spent the weekend in Orlando hosting a baby shower for my best friend. It is her first baby and we are very excited!!!! We had a great time. She was exhausted and uncomfortable (29 weeks) ... but it was worth it!

I flew home last night and I must say I was very confused! As a traveler I was trained by my parents to dress appropriately. You know ... shirt, slacks, ballet flats and cardigan in case you got cold on the plane. I will admit on the way down I did not miss a beat ... on the way back I had to change after arriving at the airport to be able to board appropriately. And why did my parents insist on looking nice? Well I assume it was to look less like the idiots I road home on the airplane with. Seriously? I thought I was at the bus terminal. WTH??? When did travel become so laid back? You paid $300 for that seat and you are going to wear your flannel pjs and crocs? Are you sure you thought thru that?

Here is what I saw just last night on my flight home ... and please remember it was 7:00 pm when I boarded.

1. Two parents and four kids (all under 8) all dressed in scary pajamas and not even matching ones. And by matching I mean the top matching the bottoms. Those kids screamed and fought the entire 60 minute flight while Dad read the paper and Mom read her book and listened to her Ipod. I am so thrilled they were relaxed!
2. A 20 something in her white velour pjs with multi colored polka dots and her bright red crocs.
3. A 50 something in a tank, tennis skirt and flip flops. Now really ... were you planning on playing in the dark when we arrived in Atlanta?
4. A very tall man in the seat behind me with the stinkiest tuna fish sandwich I have EVER smelled. Closed air = no tuna!!
5. A teenager with white sweat pants and no panties. Dark hair + tight white sweats + no panties = bad news bears!!

Oh, and yes ... please do not yell to the other steward that you left off serving the "Oriental" couple. Oriental refers to food, rugs or vases. They were Asian!

MPM

16 comments:

  1. hilarious, tragic, but hilarious...hope you enjoyed your weekend away!

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  2. This is so funny! I actually LOL about the tuna sandwich!

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  3. I remember my first "solo" flight - I was 14 and looked like I could interview for a job. Heading to the American Royal Horse Show in Kansas City and thought I was so hot! Everyone "dressed" for flying back then. PJ's were for sleeping!

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  4. omg, are you sure you weren't on the grayhound - HA! HA!

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  5. I helped out with my friend's baby shower this past weekend too! Hope it went well in spite of the flight.

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  6. I feel the same way about appropriate dress...and the food thing is more than annoying. I thought the cloying fried food smell was bad but tuna is WORSE!

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  7. Having just retired from teaching high school for 33 years, I have seen the demise of what is considered appropriate. Oh, the time I spent talking about "that's not appropriate for school, for mixed company, etc." I can just picture your flight! ...and that tuna sandwich smell - that might have done it for me ... Hilarious description!

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  8. ive felt the same way recently while traveling.

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  9. Seriously...actual pajamas? I felt like an idiot one time in college because I flew in sweatpants and a sweatshirt. People just don't care anymore.

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  10. Amen sister! It is scary what people wear these days. Maybe they need some Stacy and Clinton.

    and OMFG I HATE it when people call Mary Austin "Oriental". I usually look at them and say well she is not Oriental and when they insist that she is I say "Um, Last I checked she was not a rug, vase or noodle she was a girl and that makes her Asian," And that would be some of Tripp's "older" family members. Lord, you know its bad when I have to give lessons to the family.

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  11. LOL. #5 oh my!
    Asians everywhere are thrilled you noticed.

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  12. As my husband says - Flying is a privilege not a right. Treat is as such.

    Sorry you had such an experience.

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  13. Ridiculous, people really can be downright tacky these days.

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  14. You are so right. I am amazed by what I see on the airplane. I do my best to be both comfortable and classy.

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