February 22nd - 9:35 PM

February 22nd - 9:35 PM

A Chapter by Jim Parson
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It gets better after this chapter...I was drunk.

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February 22nd - 9:35 PM
Air India flight 136 to Frankfurt, Germany



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I am having such an incredible time.  I was not expecting to have any fun on this flight.  I was expecting 20 hours of crossword puzzles and silence.  Instead, I have Judy and Dave and laughter until my belly hurts.  Judy Henbury from Nipomo and David Siegele from Cambria.  Everyone on the plane is asleep except the three of us.  And we are absolutely loud, drunk and obnoxious.  And I don’t drink, so this could get really interesting, if not dangerous.



















Dave tells the best stories, not to mention that he has just poured an entire drink all over his pants and it looks very much like he has wet himself.  Judy should be infinitely smashed, starting with rum and finishing with vodka that Dave brought with him, but she is hard to read and appears to be completely sober.  I don’t know how.  I started to write this at 9:35 tonight, and it was my intention to write a serious outline of all that has happened, but it is now 12:35 and I am completely smashed.  I will do my best to muddle my way through.

 

At 7:55 PM, we finally took off, with a scheduled departure time of 7:15.  I was sitting with Judy and she was reading her book while I did my crossword puzzles.  But we started talking about India, she’s been here before, and it became pointless to even try to work on the puzzle.  Right now, Dave and Judy are behind me a couple of rows, apparently engrossed in a very private conversation they are not comfortable with me hearing.  That’s okay because it gives me the opportunity to write, which is probably a mistake, given my current condition.

 

This airplane is such a surprise.  When I first got on it, I was extremely skeptical, with the ripped seats, used headphones, tray tables that won’t stay up, lights that don’t work, etc.  But there is more legroom than on any plane I’ve ever flown and the seats lean back incredibly far.  It’s broken down and worn out, but the best flight I’ve been on.  There has not been a bump of any kind " completely smooth and comfortable.  A pleasant surprise.

 

Judy and Dave are still talking privately.  I wish that I could record the fun we’ve been having, but I’m not that good of a writer, especially slobbering drunk, which I am right now.  I really should learn how to drink.

 

The best fun we’ve had has been figuring out new and exciting ways to work the flight staff for drinks, ice, mixers, etc.  After dinner, we were able to talk one of the flight attendants out of a couple of vodkas, but that soon changed.  Although we attempted to bribe her by “pinning” her with a District 5240 pin (she claimed to be a Rotarian), she said that the policy of Air India was “a couple of drinks after dinner” and then no more alcohol “to be fair to the other passengers.”  Fortunately, Dave brought vodka and some mixers with him, so we’ve been able to continue to be unfair to them. 

 

Here come Judy and Dave - more later.


© 2011 Jim Parson


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I would be damn skeptical too if the plane was missing parts! Leg room be damned, I want all the pieces together and working! LOL!
typo near the end - change bride to bribe, unless in that drunken state you were actually planning on marrying her to secure citizenship or something. ;)

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I have no idea where this is going, but you got me hooked...I will be reading the rest in the morning as this little chapter was my nighttime reading. I thoroughly enjoyed the story from a drunk perspective of course LOL! Great write

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I would be damn skeptical too if the plane was missing parts! Leg room be damned, I want all the pieces together and working! LOL!
typo near the end - change bride to bribe, unless in that drunken state you were actually planning on marrying her to secure citizenship or something. ;)

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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