Saturday, June 16, 2012
I don't really sleep on planes, but I've been learning to doze a bit and even that helps.
Yesterday was different - and not in a good way. Even this gangplank to the regional jet to SFO felt like it would collapse as I walked up it. The flight attendant noticed this too. Not that they did anything about it.
Granted, I might have packed on a few pounds, but it's not like I'm taking down a walkway to an aircraft.
The trip to SFO was uneventful.
For all legs to Cali, back and forth, I booked myself on aisle seats and at exit rows. Extra leg room!!!!
With two hours to kill I tried to get in my step (10,000 a day!) and did a trek around a few of the concourses. Of course I checked my gate and there I was, one person away from being upgraded to first class. 12 seats, 11 people had checked in.......and then there was me.
Please believe me Santa, please!!!
Alas, it was not meant to be. I still had my aisle seat / exit row. But I'm ahead of myself.
So more walking and I saw this "woman" coming towards me. There was no way to get out my phone and take a picture of her by the time I saw her approach. I turned on my heels and followed. She was that amazing.
I even went to her gate and sat across from her. I had to.
I'm sorry, but this view does not do justice to see "her" in motion. But since she's writing, the education system didn't completely fail. ....though as I said to Rebecca, "Beauty School Drop-Out". Of course the joke is, I've never seen Grease, but I know the song titles.
So, back to my gate and my departure. I'm a fairly high-elite status (not bragging) and was in boarding group 1. I go up and present my iphone ticket and the system beeps. No biggie, it always does that when you're in an aisle road.
The lady can't figure out why my ticket says 12D. She has me at 37E. Oh fuck no!!!
37 is the last row. E is the middle seat. Oh fuck no!!!!
I opted to hold up the other 200 folks waiting to board while I argued with the gate agent. Allegedly there had been a "plane change". Ok, Fine. But that new plane still had an exit row and aisle seat. You didn't sell that seat again - did ya?
I don't know how they made the determination of this, but I was not happy. Clearly.
And I don't meant to play the 'elite' card, but holy fuck. I don't mind not being in first class, but steerage - next to the restroom (and lord, someone took a smelly dump!) and absolutely no chance of sleep.
...and it was a turbulent flight, which made it fun.
But it really was the cramped seating and sardine-like atmosphere that sucked beyond belief. Half-way though the flight, I swear I could feel myself getting a DVT on my back left thigh up to my ass.
Any other time I would have gotten up and walked the aisle of the plane, but I was one seat seat aways from that aisle and it turns out that guy could sleep, so I suffered in silence......until now.
I guess it's the luck of the draw, but I will be reaching out to United on this.
Next trip has to be better.........................right?
I didn't even come home directly from the airport, I drove directly to the gym what I thought would be to lift, but it turned into more stretching and trying to work the kinks out of my neck, back and butt. Oh and a really hot shower and change of clothes.
By the way, I"m really tired.
Song by: Lit