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Saturday, September 5, 2015

"Flying across the country is an adventure.." 'Judith Whitehead' (Inspiration Sunday)

Judith Whitehead lives in Amherst New York
( A suburb of Buffalo, N.Y.)
 and has worked in the ophthalmology
 field of medicine for over 30 years

Flying across the country is an adventure

  I have flown across the country more times than I can count visiting family and friends during my entire life. Flying the airlines has not always been kind to me; many times depending on the pilot and weather conditions, I have become ill on the plane and always collect the emergency “bag” just in case.

Even though I worry about the flight and how I will react, I always cover my bases. I take my magic pill to avoid air sickness, try to fly during decent weather and plan far ahead for travel. At times it is
unavoidable to predict, especially when we have left Buffalo in a snow storm and have had to endure delays on many flights.
Judith at her favorite California restaurant,
California Pizza! 

I have found that the best way besides watching movies on my computer, to cut down on the time in the air and make the time fly by, is to talk to the people around me. Their stories over the years have given me food for thought. Hundreds of people I have met all flying to different cities for so many reasons. 

On my most recent flight this week a woman and her husband sat next to me. My husband always sits across from me because we both like the aisle seat. They were from the Buffalo area and were flying to Las Vegas. She carried with her an urn with her father’s ashes in her purse to let him enjoy one last time at his favorite slot machine before continuing to his final resting place. 

After changing planes, I sat next to a mother and daughter whose husband and father were in the service. She had moved to many cities and had flown everywhere to join her husband as he was transferred  many times. The little girl was an experienced flyer as it was evident as she perused her little I pad like a pro to watch cartoons and amused herself the entire flight; she was only 6 yrs old and I was amazed at the technology she possessed. At that age when we flew as a young family we brought small toys and
books to amuse our boys…no I pad or portable computer had even been invented yet.

I have witnessed many people who just prefer to sleep on the flight to pass the time, business men working on their next deal, and large families going on a family vacation destination with impatient
children joining them. People from all walks of life crowd on the airlines and fill the plane to its capacity. My last flight was over booked and a call out was made for people volunteering to get
“bumped” for a hefty travel voucher. Not this time, I needed this vacation too much.

I usually do fly Southwest because of the tempting low cost and travel points I have collected but I do prefer an airline that assigns seats, have larger seats to sit in, and do not herd people on the plane in a cattle like fashion. I guess that’s the price to pay for economy flight.

I do so love to take driving vacations as well, having driven across the country several times, I find it is the best way to see the country and to meet people from all walks of life.

Back to reality and work soon…I will start planning my next vacation as it always boosts my spirit to think about my next adventure and gets me through the impending winter that will unfortunately be upon us soon. 

This Youtube shows  chef Gordon Ramsey teaching how to cook the perfect steak! Wow, looks Ono!(Ono means delicious in Hawaiian)

Judy, Judy, Judy!  ;-)

Hana Hou, (Encore) Shared From Facebook...

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