Yes, I'm Going To Fly To Florida


For the past several weeks, I have vacillated between taking a plane or an Amtrak train down to Florida, when I visit my family at the end of June.

As most of you already know….I HATE FLYING.

I’m a wuss, I know, but I’m scared SHITLESS.

And yet, I think it’s odd that I actually find ‘taking off’ in a plane exhilarating and enjoyable. But once I’m up above the clouds, my mind starts running a mile a minute; paranoid over every little noise I hear coming from the engines.

I’m one of those passengers who studies the emergency manual for the duration of the flight and rehearses the crash position, while clutching my rosary beads and praying to Mother Mary I won’t die by falling from the sky.

I’m also one of those passengers who when the plane experiences any amount of turbulence, I nervously start humming the Judy Garland song, “Happy”, to take my mind off the fact that what I really want to do is grab the person sitting next to me by the collar and scream, "SAVE ME!!!"

Yes, I would do almost anything to avoid flying. To the point, I’ve even considered coating my body with petroleum jelly and just swimming to Florida.

I’m not in any hurry to travel quickly on this trip, so I thought that instead of taking a short 2 ½ hr. flight, I’d I ride the rails for 24 hrs. so I could be on the ground rather than 30,000 feet in the air; enjoying the passing scenery.

I sincerely love train travel, but do I love it enough to sit on a train (in coach) for 24 hrs., not able to bathe, shave, or sleep properly; arriving in Florida and greeting my mother and brother at the train station looking like a cockroach that had just been squashed by a shoe?

I did quite a bit of research online, reading the opinions of people who have traveled Amtrak long distance and it was NOT a pretty picture. Their biggest complaints were long delays, grumpy train employees, noisy, overpriced meals, and unclean bathroom facilities. I thought of forking out the extra money and booking a private compartment, but for the upgrade in price I could have my teeth veneered. Plus, I also read that private train compartments are not all they’re cracked up to be.

And can you believe that Amtrak DOES NOT provide Wi-Fi service on their long distance trips? I mean how the HELL can I possibly sit on a train for 24 hrs. and not be able to get online to BLOG about it?

After mulling all this over in my mind, I remembered that 2012 was going to be a year of change, growth, and facing my fears.

So, I’ve decided to FACE my fear this year, and will be booking a flight to Florida.

Right now I feel calm and confident about my choice because this trip is over a month away. But as the date approaches for me to board that DEADLY aircraft, I know I’ll be FREAKING OUT; contending with sleepless nights and runny bowel movements.

In the meantime, I think I better start practicing my Judy Garland humming of “Happy.”


Oh, and I have a question for those of you who have flown lately….

…do planes now come with a built-in parachute?


61 comments

  1. Since I have terrible motion sickness, ANY type of long-distance travel is a nightmare for me. Buses and trains are definitely out! OMG, 24 hours on a train, in coach, I would probably open a window and jump out a few hours in. A car trip is doable if I'm the main driver... but to Florida... yikes that would be rough. I'm not fond of flying either... but could handle a short flight. I think you chose wisely. Even though it's not something you're looking forward to ... just think, the extra time you have by not taking 2 days on the train is more time with your family!

    That first picture is a riot!

    Have a most excellent week. xo

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  2. Good morning Ronnie,
    Yaaaayyy; he is going to fly!!! Congrats for taking a small step for change, even if you don't like the feeling. You are so right; if you are making 2012 a year of change, then you must BE CHANGE. Each time, it will feel a tiny bit less scary. It doesn't help that you are afraid of flying and of course, never fly, so you feel even more afraid.

    It will be fine... try and bring some of your fav music on a MP3 and use and abuse of your laptop for games,writing, your fav films, etc...
    Not to mention, a book or magazines. Don't forget your fav munchies; almost everything is PAID now on a domestic flight. Minus those complementary drinks and a few measly peatnuts!!
    You have way less flying time than we do(we can count about the whole day with our's). Yes... I can hear you freaking out!!

    Positive renenforcement too, babe... Tell yourself that it will be fine. Make your brain believe it and be kind with yourself!

    I am very proud and happy for you.
    xox

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  3. Well done, you. Attaboy. From now until then think positively and when you do fly off just imagine all your blogging friends are with you. That should fill in the time between reading and eating and blogging. A couple of hours should pass quickly and you will arrive there uncrumpled and fresh, unlike travelling 24 hours by train. I'd offer to keep you company only I have other things to do around that time... like controlling my tendency to go green with envy...grins.

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  4. I am so proud of ou for overcoming your fear and flying down there. I love to fly but as I've gotten older I've gotten a little more anxious about it. Hubby absolutely HATES it. Not only just the whol flying thing but he doesn't "fit" well on airplanes so being scrunched into a small space isn't comfy at all when you're a giant tall person!

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  5. Rob LenihanMay 21, 2012

    Oh, my God, Ron, this is such a great post! Congratulations on facing your fears. I, too, am terrified of flying and like you I am "paranoid over every little noise I hear coming from the engines!" I used to drive my family and fellow passengers crazy with all my antics and I made so many promises to God to change my evil ways if He spared my life that I'd have to become the Pope to make good on them.

    A friend recently turned me on to Xanax and I have to say it made all the difference in the world. Now I'm either goofy-giddy or out cold for the duration and either way I don't have to cover myself with jelly or eat grumpy Amtrak food. You should try this stuff, buddy, it's a miracle drug! Have a great week and congratulations once again!

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  6. "And can you believe that Amtrak DOES NOT provide Wi-Fi service on their long distance trips?"

    um, no. no wi-fi. heck, if we didn't need wi-fi, we'd take a bus. what's wrong with them.

    i love taking off on a plane, but it's so scary that we're just up there in the air with no strings attached. mind boggling, really.

    after a while it's like oh well, can't do anything about it, but pray we land safely. i'm the first one to clap with the pilot lands on the runway and not in the ocean.

    pilots are amazing tho. my brother has his private pilot's license and the first time he took me up, i went to sleep, flew to wilkes barre? LOL. you'll be fine. have a safe one.

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  7. Good morning Mary~

    "OMG, 24 hours on a train, in coach, I would probably open a window and jump out a few hours in."

    HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! I have a feeling I would TOO! I don't experience motion sickness, but the thought of being enclosed for 24hrs. makes me insane. The train DOES stop periodically at stations, but not long enough to get out and stretch my legs and take a break.

    "A car trip is doable if I'm the main driver... but to Florida... yikes that would be rough."

    You're right, because when I first moved back east I drove, but "I'' was the driver so it was not bad.

    "I'm not fond of flying either... but could handle a short flight."

    And can you believe I flew to JAPAN?!?!? It took almost 28 hrs., but we had TWO layovers.

    " Even though it's not something you're looking forward to ... just think, the extra time you have by not taking 2 days on the train is more time with your family!"

    Exactly!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, neighbor! Have an excellent week!

    X

    P.S. isn't that first photo a RIOT? I saw it online and HOWLED!

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  8. Gooooood morning Barb~

    "Yaaaayyy; he is going to fly!!! Congrats for taking a small step for change, even if you don't like the feeling."

    Thank you. I can't stand the fact that I'm afraid to fly, so it's time I overcame it. I didn't use to be this way, but I experienced a VERY bad flight many years ago, when the plane got caught in the middle of a hurricane. OMG...the turbulence was HORRIBLE! Ever since then, I've been so afraid to fly. I think the last time I flew was when I came to Philly for a job interview, back in 2001!

    "It will be fine... try and bring some of your fav music on a MP3 and use and abuse of your laptop for games,writing, your fav films, etc..."

    Yes, I will definitely be bringing my laptop on board because I know they have Wi-Fi on the airlines I'm taking.

    "You have way less flying time than we do(we can count about the whole day with our's). Yes... I can hear you freaking out!!"

    I know, and can you believe I flew to JAPAN (almost 28 hrs.)???

    "Positive renenforcement too, babe... Tell yourself that it will be fine. Make your brain believe it and be kind with yourself!"

    Thanks, my friend! Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

    xox

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  9. Good morning Valerie~

    "From now until then think positively and when you do fly off just imagine all your blogging friends are with you."

    Thank you. That's a GREAT idea! I'll imagine all you ladies and gents on board with me; calming me down.

    "A couple of hours should pass quickly and you will arrive there uncrumpled and fresh, unlike travelling 24 hours by train."

    Exactly! I think if the train was in shorted time frame, I'd do it. But 24 hrs.?!?!? I mean it doesn't even take that long if you drive a car.

    "I'd offer to keep you company only I have other things to do around that time... like controlling my tendency to go green with envy...grins."

    Oh, I wish you COULD go with me, that would be FUN! It's been a while since I visited Florida, so I'm really looking forward to it. I will be meeting a longtime blogging friend who lives there, and also some old friends from high school. I may even drive to Orlando and visit one of my dearest friends.

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a glorious week!

    X

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  10. Hiya Peg~

    Thank you.

    "I love to fly but as I've gotten older I've gotten a little more anxious about it."

    I use to LOVE flying too, but I had a very bad experience one time and it ruined it for me.

    " Hubby absolutely HATES it. Not only just the whol flying thing but he doesn't "fit" well on airplanes so being scrunched into a small space isn't comfy at all when you're a giant tall person!"

    OMG, I know. Even for me (tiny man) I still find the seats uncomfortable. I swear to god, they must have SHRUNK those seats because I don't remember them being that small before. Flying use to be such a glamorous experience. Not anymore.

    Thanks for stopping by, dear friend. Wishing you a super week!

    X to you and Dwight!

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  11. Hey Ron,
    Sometimes I feel we were cloned from the same goat. I too have HAD that same fear of flying. I have travelled to Florida on AMTRAK and booked a private compartment. It had it's own toilet and you can use the shower that is on the train that is shared by four other compartments. The food is included with the room and the food was good. There is a tv in the room and you could view movies. As far as wi fi There are some that have it.
    I too would cringe at the thought of getting that slender metal tube and soaring over this great country of ours. Every time I was on a plane in the past (40 yrs ago) I would break out into a sweat every time a person with a bag would go into the bathroom. Anyone that looke like a person capable of doing harm would remained focused in my ever constant leer.
    Each time we would experience the slightest turbulence I would check the 12 pairs of depends I wore to see how bad I shit myself.
    When we would land I want to rush into the cockpit and kiss the pilot.
    To prepare for flight I would swallow about 4 Tylenol PMs and 3 vodka martinis. To no avail my fears overtook the stupor effects of the drugs and alcohol. On the plane I would build a holy grotto out of all the tiny vodka bottles and place holy pictures in the center and burn incense and chat to all the saints in heaven to help me through. I was so scared I would do anything not to think of the worst, yet, this made me think of it only more.

    Then this past April I took that big step once again and my wife and I flew to Houston Texas. We have connect in Atlanta and then continue to Texas. I talked to myself and meditated. I knew that the chance of getting hit by lighting was great than what I feared. Well, We went and it was wonderful. The expereince was a pleasure and the time was short. As soon as we were going up were landing. I will do this again.

    I loved the train because I was able to see the areas between here and Florida and I met the nicest people. And it is a hoot to sit in your room on the toilet and take a dump as the East Coast rushes by.

    But the time and money you spend does not equal the extra time you can have with your family when you fly.

    Get your wings and hold on for a great time.

    Dave your wingman.

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  12. Hey there, Rob~

    Aw...thanks, buddy. I had so much fun putting this post together.

    "I used to drive my family and fellow passengers crazy with all my antics and I made so many promises to God to change my evil ways if He spared my life that I'd have to become the Pope to make good on them."

    Bwhahahahahahaha! OMG...that made me HOWL. And it's funny, because I do the same thing; making all sorts of deals with God if he spares my life!!!!!!!!!!

    I truly hate the fact that I'm afraid to fly, which is why I want to overcome it by taking this trip.

    "A friend recently turned me on to Xanax and I have to say it made all the difference in the world."

    OMG....ironic you mentioned Xanax, because one of the girls I work with offered to give me one of hers to take for the trip! And now that you shared your experience with it, I think I might just take her up on her offer!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy! Have a grrrrrreat week! Thanks for all your support!

    X

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  13. Hey there, ladyV~

    "um, no. no wi-fi. heck, if we didn't need wi-fi, we'd take a bus. what's wrong with them."

    THANK YOU! And whats really odd is that Amtrak DOES provide Wi-Fi for their short distance trips (like from Philly to NYC), but NOT for long distance.

    "i love taking off on a plane, but it's so scary that we're just up there in the air with no strings attached. mind boggling, really."

    I'm the same way, girl! I keep thinking to myself, "How the HELL is this plane staying up here!?!!?"

    "i'm the first one to clap with the pilot lands on the runway and not in the ocean."

    HAHAHAAHAHHAHA! Me too! Once the wheels hit the runway, I'm like, "Ahhhhh..."

    "pilots are amazing tho. my brother has his private pilot's license and the first time he took me up, i went to sleep, flew to wilkes barre? LOL. you'll be fine. have a safe one."

    OMG, you're so lucky, I wish I knew someone who flew because I think I would be much more confident about knowing HOW a plane flies.

    Thanks for stopping by and for your support. Have a super week!

    X

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  14. nite byrdMay 21, 2012

    Bro, too bad we're flying in opposite directions. We could white-knuckle together! I'm off to PA on Thursday.

    While you're flying, think of how quickly you'll be seeing your mom and brother and that you won't be on the train. I Amtracked to NY - ONCE and will never, ever do it again. Never, no matter how much I loathe flying. You made the right choice. OH! And, you get the added perk of a possible TSA pat down. I know I'm looking forward to THAT! ;)

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  15. Hey there Nitebyrd~

    "Bro, too bad we're flying in opposite directions. We could white-knuckle together! I'm off to PA on Thursday."

    Oh shit...I wish we could fly together because we could CALM each other down and DRINK - HA!

    " I Amtracked to NY - ONCE and will never, ever do it again. Never, no matter how much I loathe flying. You made the right choice."

    Thank you for sharing that because I had a feeling the trip would be horrendous. Especially NOT having a private compartment with a bed and toilet.

    "OH! And, you get the added perk of a possible TSA pat down. I know I'm looking forward to THAT!"

    Bwhahahhahahahahahaha! CRACKED ME UP!!!

    Yeah, I think I may even ask them if they can PAT me several times to see if they can find my PISTOL - HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Sis! Have a great week and great time in PA!

    X ya!

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  16. OK, here's one of those "At least it could be worse" scenarios to make you feel better. I live directly under the flight path of the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton airport. I'm about 4-5 miles from the runway. Because planes are more likely to have an accident on approach or taking off -- listen to me here -- I'M THE ONE WHO SHOULD WORRY, because I might die if a plane drops on my house coming in or leaving the airport. You see how messed up that is? I might die from a plane crash and I'm not even ON the plane!

    Here's hoping that somehow makes you feel better. I have full confidence in you for this flight. I flew myself for the first time in my life a couple years ago. It is the most exhilarating feeling to know you've gotten over a serious fear. You will feel triumphant and extraordinarily glad you didn't take the non-wifi train.

    Best to your family,
    Kathy

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  17. Hey there Dave~

    OMG...I guess it must be a "LIBRA THING" because I know so many of us who have a tremendous fear of flying!!!

    "I have travelled to Florida on AMTRAK and booked a private compartment. It had it's own toilet and you can use the shower that is on the train that is shared by four other compartments. The food is included with the room and the food was good. There is a tv in the room and you could view movies. As far as wi fi There are some that have it."

    I think if I was more willing to fork over the extra cash to book a compartment, I might do it. But OMG...I called AMTRAK last week and the price of a round trip ticket was over $900.00.!!! I was also told that the train I would be taking had no Wi-Fi, but that they were working to get it installed within the next 6 months. I know they have Wi-Fi for shorter trips (like Philly to NYC), but on their longer trips, they told me it wasn't available.

    Dave, your description of your fear while flying made me HOWL...

    "Anyone that looke like a person capable of doing harm would remained focused in my ever constant leer.
    Each time we would experience the slightest turbulence I would check the 12 pairs of depends I wore to see how bad I shit myself."

    Bwhahahahahahhahahaha! OMG...that's HILARIOUS!!! And I didn't even THINK about possible terrorists, I was thinking about the plane CRASHING!

    " Well, We went and it was wonderful. The expereince was a pleasure and the time was short. As soon as we were going up were landing. I will do this again."

    Good for you, buddy! I have to say, other than ONE bad experience I had on a plane, my experiences have all been positive.

    "But the time and money you spend does not equal the extra time you can have with your family when you fly.

    Get your wings and hold on for a great time."

    You're right. And thanks for your support and confidence!

    Always FAB to read your comments, Dave! Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  18. Hiya Kathy~

    " Because planes are more likely to have an accident on approach or taking off -- listen to me here -- I'M THE ONE WHO SHOULD WORRY, because I might die if a plane drops on my house coming in or leaving the airport. You see how messed up that is? I might die from a plane crash and I'm not even ON the plane!"

    Bwhahahahahahahahaha! OMG...I LOVE your logic!!!!!! And of course, you're absolutely right about everything you shared.

    When I lived in Florida, my apartment was under the direct flight path of a small airport in Orlando. And OMG...sometimes it sounded like the planes were going to RIP the roof off my apartment because they flew so LOW! And the noise was horrible, but I finally got use to it.

    " I flew myself for the first time in my life a couple years ago. "

    Good for you, girl! I actually use to LOVE to fly until I had one really bad experience flying through a hurricane into JFK Airport in NYC. OMG...it was HORRENDOUS! I truly thought the plane was going to crash.

    "It is the most exhilarating feeling to know you've gotten over a serious fear. You will feel triumphant and extraordinarily glad you didn't take the non-wifi train."

    Thank you for your kind words of support, girl.

    (((( You ))))

    Right now, I'm actually looking forward to this trip. However, talk to me in about 4 weeks and I might feel different - HA!

    Have a great week!

    X

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  19. Ron, this post made me laugh so hard.

    "I’m one of those passengers who studies the emergency manual for the duration of the flight and rehearses the crash position,"

    Too funny! But I know how you feel because I'm not all that thrilled with flying either. Unfortunately I have to do quite a bit of flying for my job, so I've gotten over my fear (a little bit). I'm more upset about how awful flying has become. It's like traveling in a cattle car with over 200 people all crammed into tiny, narrow seats. I prefer international flights because the planes are much bigger.

    I'm glad you decided to face your fear of flying. And you'll be fine, I know it. Much better than the train.

    Have a wonderful week, Ron

    P.S. love that first photo!

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  20. Hola Denise~

    Glad you had a giggle, girl. And I DO look over the emergency manual, just in case - HA!

    "'I'm more upset about how awful flying has become. It's like traveling in a cattle car with over 200 people all crammed into tiny, narrow seats. I prefer international flights because the planes are much bigger."

    I know, traveling by plane use to be such a GLORIOUS experience. I remember the first time I traveled on a plane with my family to Miami. We took "National Airlines" (which is no longer) and the experience was amazing. That's when they served REAL food with REAL knives, forks, and spoons. Now, you get a coke and bag of almonds :(

    When I flew to Japan, I had also had a great experience because the plane was HUGE and the ride was very smooth. We had TWO movies and THREE meals. I too prefer overseas/international traveling.

    "I'm glad you decided to face your fear of flying. And you'll be fine, I know it. Much better than the train."

    Thank you for your words of support, girl! And thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your week!

    Ciao....X

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  21. AkelamaluMay 21, 2012

    I love flying! You'll be fine Ron, have a stiff drink before you get on board and a sleeping tablet. LOL

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  22. SuziCateMay 21, 2012

    As someone else who is scared SHITLESS of flying, I totally get this! I like to plan vacations that don't involve flying though the one out West did and was worth it. I hope you have a fabulous visit with your mom and brother.

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  23. Hey there Pearl~

    "I love flying!"

    Yes, I know you do. I wish I could take you with me!

    "You'll be fine Ron, have a stiff drink before you get on board and a sleeping tablet."

    OMG...if I have a drink AND a sleeping tablet, I'll get off the plane greeting my mother and brother; looking like Better Milder in the movie, "The Rose!"

    HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!

    Thanks for stopping by, m'dear! Have a lovely week!

    X

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  24. Hiya Suzi~

    "As someone else who is scared SHITLESS of flying, I totally get this! I like to plan vactions that don't involve flying."

    ME too!

    Isn't it HORRIBLE to be afraid of flying? And I don't like that I'm afraid, so I'm going to FORCE myself to do again.

    Thanks for stopping and for your understanding and support, my friend!

    Have a glorious week....X

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  25. As someone who has taken Amtrak from Cleveland to Albuquerque, I do NOT recommend it. The air conditioning went out (late June) and it was a complete nightmare. Not to mention the DRUNKS meandering between cars....thank you, complete bar service in the club car!

    I'm okay flying, once the plane is in the air. Let's just say I visit the airport restroom a number of times before take-off.

    Good luck, Ron! You'll make it........we all do!

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  26. Ohhhhhh...I think you chose wisely, grasshopper! :-)

    Don't get me wrong, I'd love the trip via train.....just not 24 hours in an upright position. And no, I've not heard great things about their private accommodations--and at those prices--better to get there fast with a rousing chorus or two of HAPPY!! Maybe you could lead a sing along! Download it to the laptop and play a HAPPY tune for everyone. Sing alongs are good fun!

    Personally, I pack bubbles for long flights. If I don't use 'em, I pass 'em on to the fussy kiddo three seats back and they're happy for hours. The only requirement to get them onboard is the ability to look like a hopeless idiot when it's time to go through security!
    I'm practiced in it.
    Forget to take shoes off, forget to take necklaces off, forget to empty all your pockets--and hand 'em your identification and immediately apologize with "I'm NOT quite a frequent flier.....you'll have to forgive me...." And they DO!!
    Except when you come back with a bucket and a shovel crammed into the carryon.....those they search bags over.

    Oh.....and wear nice socks. LOL

    Going through the security requirements online BEFORE you get to the airport is enough to overwhelm a sane person. (think what it does to us nutzo folks!!)
    Whittling down the contents of your carryon is simple compared to the list of STUFF you can't take with you.
    I'm sure we'll get to hear alllllllllllllllll about that one.

    k.......Maybe you need that HAPPY song downloaded BEFORE you check out the security page!!!
    JUST sayin'....

    Flying is good!

    (keep sayin' that until it's semi-plausible....)

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  27. Oy vey. I feel for you. I am terrified of flying too. I have one word of advice. XANAX.

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  28. You'll probably recall that I, too, was apprehensive over flying last year. I hadn't done so in 10+ years and was convinced that the plane was going to fall apart in midair because HOW CAN ANYTHING THAT BIG AND HEAVY POSSIBLY STAY IN THE SKY?!?!

    Oops. Sorry, not helping. Ahem. Anyway, you'll also recall that I did indeed overcome that fear and step onto an airplane on Christmas day to see my baby. And survived.

    And then I flew again a couple of weeks later.

    And survived.

    Now? I actually look forward to flying! And believe me, six months ago I never would have guessed that would be the case.

    The point is, you'll be fine. Conquer your fear and you'll wonder why you were ever so nervous in the first place. I promise!

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  29. I'm with you completely on this one. It's not the flying I mind so much as the crashing part. I wonder how long it takes to go from 30,000 to splat. I'm thinking too long and then find myself thinking that yes, being blown to smithereens mid-air by a virgin-seeking terrorists is much preferable. Oh, dear... this isn't helping is it. On the plus side, maybe you'll get a cute and inappropriately friendly TSA agent. Hey -- it may be your last sexual encounter. Enjoy it.

    And finally, my friend. Flying is why God created Xanax. Now get on that plane and have a good time! ;)

    P.S. That first photo is priceless!

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  30. dianne777May 21, 2012

    I love to fly
    I hate getting to the airport and I hate security and the gate and baggage and just about everything until I'm on the plane

    you'll be fine though, your sense of humor with keep you balanced

    that top photo is priceless

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  31. Three cheers for Ron!

    Hip-Hip-Hooray!


    I’m not big on flying either, but I do it because I LOVE to travel and want to get where I’m going as fast as possible.

    I’m not a good plane passenger though.

    First of all, I’m a smoker, so you have THAT whole issue. Last year when Austin and I went to California and Washington…let’s just say it was a good thing the TSA doesn’t permit scissors in women’s purses, because I was feeling stabbity.

    I’m like you, I listen and watch for any little sign that the plane has hit a flock of geese or something. I try to see what the flight attendants are doing. If they seem “calm” then I assume everything is okay and I don’t have to implement the crash position!

    Star Trek really had it going on—just beam me there.


    Have a fantabulous week!

    ((You))

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  32. Hey there Bijoux~

    "As someone who has taken Amtrak from Cleveland to Albuquerque, I do NOT recommend it.'

    Thank you for your feedback. And it's ironic you mentioned the A/C because that's ANOTHER thing online that people were complaining about. Some said it was too cold, while others said the A/C must have broke because it was so hot.

    "I'm okay flying, once the plane is in the air. Let's just say I visit the airport restroom a number of times before take-off."

    HA! That's how am IN FLIGHT. I visit the bathroom at least THREE times. And not because I have to actually USE the bathroom, it's just because it gives me something to do, so I don't think about CRASHING - HA!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have an awesome week!

    X

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  33. Hey Meleah~

    "I have one word of advice. XANAX."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA! That's what everyone is telling me!!!! I've never taken a Xanax in my life, but a girl work with said she'd give me one of hers if I want. And I might just take her up on it!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl. Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  34. Howdy Mark~

    "You'll probably recall that I, too, was apprehensive over flying last year. I hadn't done so in 10+ years and was convinced that the plane was going to fall apart in midair because HOW CAN ANYTHING THAT BIG AND HEAVY POSSIBLY STAY IN THE SKY?!?!"

    HAHAHHAHAHAA! Yes, I was thinking of YOU and our similar phobia, and remembered that you CONQUERED it by fling last year. You were a great inspiration for me, buddy, because I thought if Mark can do it....so can I!

    "The point is, you'll be fine. Conquer your fear and you'll wonder why you were ever so nervous in the first place. I promise!"

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and support, Mark!

    *two thumbs up*

    Have a super week, and thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  35. Hey there Lady Dianne~

    "I hate getting to the airport and I hate security and the gate and baggage and just about everything until I'm on the plane."

    Yeah, I know, I keep hearing that that's the worst part about flying lately. The flight I might be taking is VERY early in the morning, which means I'll have to get to the airport at the ass-crack of dawn to check in - OY VEY. But, at least I'll get to Florida early.

    Thanks for stopping by and for your encouraging words, dearest lady!

    (((( You ))))

    Have a supa' week!

    X to you and the gang!

    P.S. isn't that top photo hilarious? I think it's from an old Busby Berkeley musical film!

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  36. Helloooooooooo Jayne~

    "It's not the flying I mind so much as the crashing part. I wonder how long it takes to go from 30,000 to splat."

    AMEN! I think the SAME THING, Jayne!!!! It's not the flying, but the CRASHING that scares me!

    "I'm thinking too long and then find myself thinking that yes, being blown to smithereens mid-air by a virgin-seeking terrorists is much preferable. Oh, dear... this isn't helping is it."

    No...it isn't!!! OMG...I haven't even THOUGHT about the TERRORISTS. Now you've got me worried about something else ;)

    "On the plus side, maybe you'll get a cute and inappropriately friendly TSA agent. Hey -- it may be your last sexual encounter. Enjoy it."

    Bwhahahahahahhaaha! OMG, that was freakin' HILARIOUS!!!

    "Flying is why God created Xanax."

    You're like the FIFTH person to suggest that! I know a girl at work who has offered to give me one, so I might just take her up on it!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend! Have a faaaaaaabulous week!

    X

    P.S. glad you liked the photo. Isn't it funny? I think it's from an old Busby Berkeley musical film!

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  37. Hey there Pam~

    Aw...thank you for you encouragement, dear friend!

    "I’m not big on flying either, but I do it because I LOVE to travel and want to get where I’m going as fast as possible."

    That's kinda how I feel too. I hate to fly, but what other way is there to get there fast, than a plane? I can't believe I actually flew to Japan back in the late 90's. It took almost 28 hrs.!!!

    "First of all, I’m a smoker, so you have THAT whole issue. Last year when Austin and I went to California and Washington…let’s just say it was a good thing the TSA doesn’t permit scissors in women’s purses, because I was feeling stabbity."

    Bwhahahahhahahahaha! HILARIOUS!!!!!! I smoke too, but I can handle not smoking for the duration of the flight. Even when I flew to Japan (when they STILL allowed smoking), I sat in the non-smoking section because as much as I enjoy a cigarette, I can't stand to be surrounded my smoke in an enclosed area, like a plane.

    "I listen and watch for any little sign that the plane has hit a flock of geese or something. I try to see what the flight attendants are doing."

    Pam...you and I are soooooooo much alike because I do the same thing, watch the flight attendants to see what they are doing. It kinda takes my mind off of crashing. I wish they would let me get up and serve the passengers because it would give me something to do. HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Pam, and for making me LAUGH!

    Have a fantabulous week!

    (((( You ))))

    X

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  38. Take the Xanax -- definitely. It will just cut the edge. 5 mg should do the job. Have a wonderful time!

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  39. Mel....your comment was faaaaaaaaaaabulous!

    And hey, you just gave me a GREAT idea...take BUBBLES!!!!!

    And I love train traveling too, but 24 HOURS?!?! No way.

    " And no, I've not heard great things about their private accommodations--and at those prices--better to get there fast with a rousing chorus or two of HAPPY!!"

    Agreed! As you may have read in my comment to Dave, Amtrak wanted over $900.00 for a round-trip ticket!!!! Geeesh!

    "The only requirement to get them onboard is the ability to look like a hopeless idiot when it's time to go through security!"

    Yes, I've heard from MANY people that the security check is the WORST part of flying. I haven't flown since before 9/11, so I can't wait until I have to go through the hassle of a PAT DOWN - Oy!

    "Whittling down the contents of your carryon is simple compared to the list of STUFF you can't take with you."

    I'm only taking my laptop and camera on board. Since I'll be gone for two weeks, I will have to take a bunch of stuff, so I'll need to also do a 'check-in' bag as well.

    Thanks oodles for stopping by and sharing your tips and advice, dearest lady!

    "Flying is good!

    (keep sayin' that until it's semi-plausible....)'

    Flying is good. Flying is good. Flying is good.

    (((( You ))))

    Enjoy your week!

    X

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  40. Herman TurnipMay 21, 2012

    You know what? After watching the movie The Grey last weekend, I can totally understand your hesitancy to board an airplane. But to cover all bases, make sure your flight path doesn't fly over any wolf territory...

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  41. Hey there Herman~

    "But to cover all bases, make sure your flight path doesn't fly over any wolf territory..."

    Gee....thanks :(

    But I think going to Florida, I should be more worried about fly over SHARK infested water - HA!

    Thanks for stopping by, bud! Hope you had a maaaaavelous Monday!

    Enjoy your week!

    X to you and the family!

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  42. Ahaha! You'll be fine, Ron. There are probably as many train crashes as plane crashes anyway, and while planes don't have parachutes, they do have lifejackets under the seats ... oh, wait. Perhaps they don't if they're internal flights? Um. Forget I said anything!

    Seriously, I used to love flying, but I really dislike it now. It's not fear, and it's not the flying, it's the waiting around in airports and the time and stress involved in negotiating them. And - I have to say it - America is one of the worst places for that .. except Las Vegas, which is a lovely little airport and they get you out on the street within 15 minutes of arrival. I don't suppose it's got anything to do with the fact that they want you out there gambling as soon as possible?

    Anyway, tell me this, Ron: why are so many male flight attendants gay? I don't think I've seen a straight one for years! They're incredibly good at their job, and usually really fun people, but it's just something that puzzles me a little bit.

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  43. Tara CutlerMay 22, 2012

    I wish I could pass on a little bit of my love for flying to you! Although there have been times I've been tired and cranky while traveling, for the most part I've loved every trip to an airport....the Bloody Marys, the people watching, the anticipation of taking off in the plane (my favorite part!) and these last few months...greeting the love of my life that was waiting at the other end. :)

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  44. whenpigsflyMay 22, 2012

    Think about taking a couple of Benadryl or something to make you sleepy and take the edge off. Or, talk to your doctor and get a few Xanax for the trip. Normally, I wouldn't say drugs are the answer but with major anxiety, it can be so helpful. Once you get yourself so wound up, getting yourself calmed down can be a challenge.
    Or, start working on some heavy duty meditation. Trust me. You'll be so much happier you chose flying.

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  45. Hey there Jen~

    "Or, start working on some heavy duty meditation. Trust me. You'll be so much happier you chose flying."

    Yup....that's exactly what I'm doing. I'm sharing TONS of Reiki meditation with myself from now until the end of June :)

    And yes, you're right....I know I'll be so much happier (and look better) when I arrive in Florida if I fly instead of taking the train. Plus, I really need to overcome this fear.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. And thanks for your support! Have a great week!

    X

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  46. Hiya Tara~

    "for the most part I've loved every trip to an airport....the Bloody Marys, the people watching, the anticipation of taking off in the plane (my favorite part!)"

    It's funny, because there's a part of me that feels the same way as you - I love the excitement of airports and the anticipation of taking off. The scary part, though, is once I'm up there and my mind starts to wander. I'm taking my laptop, so I think that will help in getting my mind to focus elsewhere.

    "and these last few months...greeting the love of my life that was waiting at the other end. :)"

    Aw.....you guys are so dang cute! I can't tell you how happy I am for the two of you!

    (((( Tara and Mark ))))

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support and encouragement, girl! You're a sweetheart!

    Have a super week.....X

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  47. Hiya Jay~

    "There are probably as many train crashes as plane crashes anyway..."

    Funny you mentioned that, because someone else shared the same thing. And you're right!

    "and while planes don't have parachutes, they do have lifejackets under the seats ... oh, wait. Perhaps they don't if they're internal flights? Um. Forget I said anything!"

    HAHHAAHHAHAHAHA!

    "Seriously, I used to love flying, but I really dislike it now. It's not fear, and it's not the flying, it's the waiting around in airports and the time and stress involved in negotiating them."

    Yes, that's what I hear. I haven't flown in YEARS, so I'm NOT all that excited about dealing with airport security and negotiating. I hear it's HELL.

    " except Las Vegas, which is a lovely little airport and they get you out on the street within 15 minutes of arrival. I don't suppose it's got anything to do with the fact that they want you out there gambling as soon as possible?"

    Bwhahahahahahaha! You're right, because I've been to the Las Vegas airport. Also, the airport in Orlando, Florida is that way. And that's probably because they want you to get to DISNEY as soon as possible!

    I think the hassle at airports in American is due to 9/11. But I've also heard from MANY people who fly a lot, that the security is all bullshit.

    "Anyway, tell me this, Ron: why are so many male flight attendants gay?"

    Cracked me up!!!! You're right...the majority of male flight attendants ARE gay. In fact, when I first moved back to Philly I met several guys who flew for U.S. Airways and yes...they were GAY!!! I don't why that is, other than a lot of gay men seem to enjoy jobs that involve public interaction and service. I myself, do too.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support and encouragement, my friend. Muchly appreciated!

    Have a stunning week!

    X

    P.S. hope all went well last weekend!

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  48. I am so with you on this.

    When I was young I flew to Spain on a small prop plane and it didn't scare me. I have got more and more scared as the years go by. I flew to France about 8 years ago and was really nervous the whole time. I wouldn't leave my seat to go the the loo, I was so scared. I will not fly again now, unless i was totally drugged up with Valium :) Did you think of that option?

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  49. Hey there Babs~

    "When I was young I flew to Spain on a small prop plane and it didn't scare me."

    OMG...you are SO brave because I honestly don't think I could ever fly on a small prop plane - YIKES! There use to be small plane available that would fly to Key West, when I lived in Florida (which was about a 5 hour drive in a car). A good friend of mine at the time would always take the plane because it didn't bother him at all. I, on the other hand, would DRIVE down and meet him there at the end of the day - HA!

    "I flew to France about 8 years ago and was really nervous the whole time. I wouldn't leave my seat to go the the loo, I was so scared."

    And I'm just the opposite, because I feel calmer if I get up and walk around the plane. When I fly (depending on how long the flight is) I will walk the bathroom 1-2 times just have something to do. And the funny thing is, I never actually PEE, I fiddle around with the sink, comb my hair, flush the toilet...and then leave!

    Yes, I think I may take something before I fly this time. Some one at work offered me one of her Xanax's.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. It's nice to know someone else shares my PHOBIA of flying!!!

    Have a wonderful week!

    X to you and Mo!

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  50. Ron, this post was hilarious!

    "I’ve even considered coating my body with petroleum jelly and just swimming to Florida."

    Yeah, but then you'd have to worry about getting eating by sharks!

    Glad you decided to fly because the thought of being on a train for 24hrs. makes me want to jump out of a plane :(

    Don't worry, you'll be fine.

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  51. Hey there, Matt~

    "Yeah, but then you'd have to worry about getting eating by sharks!"

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha! You're right!!!!

    "Glad you decided to fly because the thought of being on a train for 24hrs. makes me want to jump out of a plane :("

    Meeeeeeeeeee too! I honestly thought I would enjoy the train trip, but after reading the various reviews...NOT. I might have done it if I could book a private compartment, but there is no way I would pay over $900. YIKES!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, bud. Hope you had grrrrrrrreat week! Have a wonderful long holiday weekend!

    X

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  52. hou07grlMay 25, 2012

    Sounds as if this is going to cause a tiny bit of anxiety. And it sounds like there's not really any way to avoid it. So your resolve to face your fear appears to be both courageous and logical. Good for you - plus you'll have just that much extra time to share with your family. ... the older I get the more grossed out I am just thinking about cooties. Trains probably have millions of them *shudder* so yes, good idea to avoid that for long distance travel. Hope you have an absolutely perfect weekend!!

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  53. Hey there Diane~

    "Sounds as if this is going to cause a tiny bit of anxiety."

    Ha! Ya think???? Actually, as the day approaches I think it's gonna be more like HIGH ANXIETY!!!!! But I truly want to overcome this fear, so it's time I flew again.

    " ... the older I get the more grossed out I am just thinking about cooties. Trains probably have millions of them *shudder* so yes, good idea to avoid that for long distance travel."

    Yes, that was one of the things many people shared on their Amtrak reviews (not clean bathroom facilities). COOTIES!!!!! Yet, I suppose some airlines have the same issue, but at least with flying is FAST.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Wishing YOU an absolutely perfect weekend too!

    Much X to you and Cristybella!

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  54. ron, i'm thrilled to read you are going to see your mom....one way or the other i used to be afraid to fly a million years ago but finally got over it...i imagine-visualize perhaps is a better word- that as we take off, the dreaded part, all my attachment strings break and i am as free as a bird in every way. somehow that worked for me.

    so even if you chicken out at the last moment, you will know what you'll look like if you don't fly. :)

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  55. Hellooooooooo Linda~

    " i'm thrilled to read you are going to see your mom..."

    Thank you. Me too! I've decided to bite the bullet and FLY!!!!!!!

    ".i imagine-visualize perhaps is a better word- that as we take off, the dreaded part, all my attachment strings break and i am as free as a bird in every way. somehow that worked for me."'

    That's an EXCELLENT visualization! And I might just try that! I usually just put A LOT Reiki around the plane before we take off - almost like flying up into a beam of LIGHT!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear friend! Hope your shoulder is feeling better!

    ((((( You )))))

    xoxoxoxox

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  56. Hey there Nitebyrd~

    "Bro, too bad we're flying in opposite directions. We could white-knuckle together! I'm off to PA on Thursday."

    Oh shit...I wish we could fly together because we could CALM each other down and DRINK - HA!

    " I Amtracked to NY - ONCE and will never, ever do it again. Never, no matter how much I loathe flying. You made the right choice."

    Thank you for sharing that because I had a feeling the trip would be horrendous. Especially NOT having a private compartment with a bed and toilet.

    "OH! And, you get the added perk of a possible TSA pat down. I know I'm looking forward to THAT!"

    Bwhahahhahahahahahaha! CRACKED ME UP!!!

    Yeah, I think I may even ask them if they can PAT me several times to see if they can find my PISTOL - HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Sis! Have a great week and great time in PA!

    X ya!

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  57. You are brave!! I hope you will post about it when you have conquered it! I also have had to avoid flying for years and wondered if the train could serve as a substitute. I'm actually the opposite though. I'm very upset about taking off but once we are in the air I seem to somehow forget that it's all really happening! If they would just stop making movies about planes crashing I think that would help!

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  58. Hey there again!

    Thank you. I think it's about time I conquered this fear of mine. I use to LOVE to fly until I experienced flying through a very bad hurricane. Talk about TURBULENCE!!!!!

    "I'm very upset about taking off but once we are in the air I seem to somehow forget that it's all really happening!"

    Isn't it funny how everyone is different?

    "If they would just stop making movies about planes crashing I think that would help!"

    Thank you, I agree! And the funny thing about it is that I WATCH those movies - HAHAHAHAHA!

    X

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