Monday, November 29, 2010
What To Do When You Can't See The Bumps
All was smooth and well yesterday on the Jet Blue flight from New York's JFK to our own little Burbank airport until about six thousand feet before landing. The pilot came on and said there was nothing to be done about it. We were in for a rough few minutes. Apparently the Verdugo Mountains were doing their thing with the air currents. Minutes after the pilot made his announcement the plane began demonstrating the many different positions it could be in at the same time. It didn't seem that bad to me but the flight attendants also made announcements about how to keep from throwing up. When the plane landed a few people applauded. I'm not sure about the intended recipient of the applause. Was it the pilot or God? At any rate, here are the instructions from the flight attendants: Don't look out the window. Make sure the overhead vent is wide open and blowing on you. Look straight ahead. Keep an air sickness bag handy. There's little chance for a metaphor there unless it's stay focused on the future. Looking out the window only tells you where you've been or where you are right at that moment which, as everyone on the plane knew, was passing through some of life's rough, invisible bumps.