I Pity the FOOL...

I pity the fool who has to sit next to me on the airplane. Talk about awkward. An airplane ride next to someone you don't know is like the worlds longest elevator. Nobody wants to look at anyone else. You both try to keep busy and look important. You try to read the newspaper and turn the page without the slightest brush of the other person's elbow.
Sure, you can sit there and tell me, "No, no, not me. I'm very casual... and nice to the stranger I'm sitting next to. Sometimes I even strike up a conversation." Well guess what, you're a liar. NO ONE likes sitting by a total stranger on the plane. And I mean STRANGE. Face it, the freakest people in America are flying these days.
On a flight to Portland this weekend the Lady behind me let her toddler KICK the back of my chair (I should say head) about six times before she did anything about it. Then she proceeded to plug her kid into a portable DVD player she'd brought along, with out any headphones. Keep in mind, we were on one of those tiny planes where all you hear is 'BRRRRRRRRR' the entire time. Of course her child had to be able to hear the music! I never. I've got a million of 'em.
Why does the person sitting on the aisle believe they are so entitled to the middle arm rest? I venture that the use by either person of the middle arm rest is a direct invasion of the other's space and privacy. They shouldn't even call it an arm rest. They should call it a middle DIVIDER, because that is what it is. Once I am on that plane, sitting next to someone I don't know, I immediately revert back to 2nd grade and a little alarm goes of in my head anytime someone crosses into 'my zone'.
Why is the most obese person (I'm pc, I said obese instead of fat) on the plane is always the rudest and least aware of personal boundaries? Do they think the guys sitting next to them doesn't notice that they're taking up half of their seat? They notice.


  1. Y'know i have not problem sitting next to complete strangers. in fact, i think it's funny when i see them fidget with the magazines, etc. trying to keep busy (like you do) cuz they have no idea who the freak i am.

    sorry about that annoying kid though. too bad there's no "arm rest" for the person behind you if you know what i mean.

  2. What up Kar to the ia!!
    I liked your post. Especially the first paragraph or so, it sounded very clever and witty! You should think about writing screen plays, or something! I'm totally being serious too.

  3. I do believe that I am now your biggest fan. I do look forward to your next blog.......please do not keep me waiting to long. I am commited to make a commitment to check on your blogs. They seem to keep me entertained and up to date on the daily lives of you and Ty down there in happy land. I love it.
    Love Ton

  4. Nice to read your blog. See, I really do read about you and care what you say...It was nice seeing you and Tyler this weekend, but I didn't like that movie we saw very much...just made me uncomfortable. I bet that first class flight was a lot more tolerable?! Well, keep in touch,
    Love, Dad

  5. Fern.....
    Blog already, girl.
    I am waiting.

  6. I'm so proud of your husband and my son-in-law! BYU graduate!

    We had a great time at the graduation, especially enjoyed the 4 points of light or something like that.

    love, Dad P