I admit as I sat watching the Walt Disney World parks DVD or the first time, I got that twinge of anxiety. What if we miss something? What park should we put at the top of the list? What park could we skip if we run out of time? What’s the best way to tour each park?
But first thing is first. I was most anxious about flying – I have the fear of flying. I hadn’t flown in 14 years, well before 911 and seriously considered requesting some anti-anxiety medication from my doctor, but decided against it.
Yeah, yeah – I KNOW! It’s the-safest-way-to-travel. Hundreds-of-flights-a-day.
Think about it, you are in this metal cylinder with a least 100 people, 13,000 feet in the air going 500-600 miles an hour and every few minutes, you get jostled around by a “little turbulence.” Let’s see, my heart was racing when we took off, when we ascended, when there was turbulence, when we descended and when we landed – pretty much the whole flight.
There goes Grant snapping pictures as we are taking off. Notice my death grip on the arm rests. Don’t let the smile fool you, I am preparing to meet my maker.
I was watching the facial expressions of the flight attendants – looking for signs of trouble. They were all business, grinning ear to ear. I was glad to see them calmly walking up and down the aisle as the plane was descending, and not running for their flotation devices. The median expected salary of a flight attendant is $55K – not bad for serving snacks and sodas, but you couldn’t pay me enough to do it.
Despite my fears, I have to hand it to JetBlue. After several Hail Marys, I was able to notice that they offer great service. I hardly heard a peep out of my boys. JetBlue airplanes are equipped with little TV monitors on the back of each and every chair. My boys were plugged in and able to watch Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and even Pirates of the Caribbean. Priceless. Our flights were on time and our luggage actually showed up. (We showed up in one piece too.)
Checked bags weighing 50 lbs. or less are free, one for each person. When we left our first checked bag weighed 48 lbs. When we returned, due to packing some extra items, it weighed in at 56 lbs. Thankfully we had a nice lady working in the JetBlue baggage check line who had us shove some coats into the other smaller checked bag to bring the weight back down to 50 lbs. She saved us $50.00.
$50.00 is the price of 5 Disney Balloons. Now that is scarier than flying!
Now I need to know. When is the last time you have flown and are you a chicken like me?