Monday, January 12, 2009

Erica Jong Holds No Copyright on Fear of Flying!

Well, one thing about not writing for a few days is that I have the opportunity to apologize once again. At least it gives me something about which to write! So, please forgive me yet again for not posting; I have been busily preparing myself, both physically and emotionally, for this trip to Washington.

Those who know me well know that I don't necessarily enjoy flying. This trip, scheduled for mid-January, is no exception. Not only that, but for the first time I am flying alone--no friend, no family member, no group of wayfaring wanderers...just me! By myself! Yikes!

Add to that the fact that I have a connecting flight in Cleveland--yes Cleveland!--(heavy sigh here!) with only one hour between landing and take off. With each passing day, the stress is building. Do I check luggage or try to just carry on? What if the Chicago flight is delayed? Can I really see myself running through the airport in Cleveland trying to drag my carry-on, which surely will be overpacked and unbalanced, as usual? Yes, in my dreams I see myself tripping and my luggage tipping all the way to the connecting gate. Only to find... Well, I think you can imagine how the nightmare, I mean dream, concludes.

It's not that I'm not looking forward to the trip because I am. But for goodness sake--a direct flight to D.C. takes only one hour and forty-five minutes. Do we really need to transfer in Cleveland? What's that anyway, about forty-five minutes away?

I want to go, I really do. I'm excited about the inauguration and the inaugural ball. I've gotten myself a new dress and I'm ready for a night on the town. I just wish there were an easier way. I wish I would have invented my tele-transporter--the one where we can just decompose into molecules and relocate ourselves in another location instantly. I should have paid more attention in my physics class, I guess.

Instead, I sit and nervously watch the weather. How much snow are they predicting? The temperature will be how low? It might be a comfort to be getting out of town to avoid Chicago's winter if it weren't for the fact that the jet streams pushes the weather East. By the time I land, the weather here will be well on its way to where I'm headed. (Another deep sigh here!)

Well, what can I do? After a point it's all out of my hands. I'll get in my car, drive to the bus station and head for O'Hare. From there on, the airlines will have to do its best to get me safely to my destination. On time? Well, that's another matter entirely, I suppose. Maybe it's good that I'm leaving a few days early. By leaving Friday, I should be able to get there by Tuesday, I'd imagine. So, that's the silver lining I guess. Should I bring my sleeping bag just in case? No! Checking that would be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Can you imagine me running to the gate with a sleeping bag, sure to be unrolling, in tow? I guess I'll take my chances. Perhaps there'll be an extra cot that I can use. And maybe things will go smoothly after all. One thing about expecting the worst is that it's only up from there.


Tao Master said...

I feel for you - flying is no picnic anymore. I have had stop over before in the good old days of the 80s in Pittsburgh and Louisville on my trips to DC (my company was too cheap to get me a direct flight) I never had a problem - so I think you'll be okay. I flew two airline that don't even exist anymore and I survived. You will too. I have done the running down the terminal thing though. Nowadays I think they would stop you and look at your luggage.Have fun, Frank

Liss said...

Good Luck with your flight. I always find I feel better once up in the air. For some reason it the taking off bit is what makes me nervous. I am also amazed by the amount of on board luggage you can take on America Domestic flights. Here in Australia we are allowed about half as much as you guys.

butterfly woman said...

Well, it sounds like it will be adventure from start to finish. I have not taken an airplane flight since they put all the rules in effect. So I can only imagine the hoops you jump through. Put your new dress and dance around the room, envisioning the fun you'll have. Bye the way, on the news tonight the Inaugeration (sp?) day temps are supposed to be 33 degrees or so. So that's a bright note.
Hey, if you can climb mountains in Rocky Mountain Park, the sky is the limit.