Many of my before I was a flight attendant days were spent with a smart, funny, sweet, and easy-going redhead. I always said I would never follow a boy anywhere, anywhere being much to vague or broad, which I now narrow into meaning follow a boy to college, but I would follow a best friend, Christy, all the way to Nebraska.A�A�She put some spell on the people closest to her, because herA�sweetheart fromA�7th grade,A�Shon, andA�our philosophical andA�artistic friend Hilary, made the California- Nebraska switch.
I will forever face the questionA�”Why Nebraska?”,A�said with a tone ofA�what-the-hell-were-you-thinking, which I first answered with rambling answers such as, “I can play volleyball” or “I received scholarships”, but after awhile I would simply say, “Because of Christy.”
In retrospect, moving to Nebraska was one of the best decisions I’ve made.A� I mean I dressed up as a Ninja Turtle and a tetris block! That hasn’t happened in California.A� I had a Pre-dent major roommate who had amazing study habits that happened to rub off on me, even if only to a small degree.A� We made traditions of spending weekends at the lake and Parade Day.A� Not a bad college experience at all, even if we did suffer through the freezing winters.
I don’t have the opportunity to see my college friends very often anymore, but last week, I had a most unexpected surprise at work.A� Boarding had just begun for a quick turn from Missouri back to LAX.A� I was standing in the forward galley, assessing passengers, while simultanously running through my list of Christmas shopping I still needed to complete.A� I was tired.A� I was ready for a day off.
My co-worker, standing next to me, began his announcement;A� “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard this flight to Los Angeles…”
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Then, I heardA�two voices saying myA�name.A� I recognized those voices! I looked over and before I registered that IA�was screaming, and doing a little shuffle-excitement-jump/dance, it’s already done.A� The entire plane heard my glee, because inadvertantly, I yelled through the PA.A�A�A�Oops.A� The passengers looked around in alarm, wondering what was wrong with the flight attendant.
It was Christy and Shon, both of which I hadn’t seen since I was in their wedding in June.A� They were traveling back to Southern California for the holidays.
During the safety demo Christy and Shon dutifully lookedA�over the saftey information card, glancing at me and laughing, in attempt to make me laugh also.A� With Christy, almost anything she does can make me laugh, so I in turn, ignored the fact that I had two very attentative passengers in the front row.
During the flight, and between interruptions, we talked about their new careers, their trip to Indonesia, and new house.A� I badgered on with my silly stories of cute boys and klutzy moments, and of course they still laughed at me and said, “Oh, for pity sake!”
I vote my airline starts flyiing to London and then maybe I’ll bump into Hilary…