My Trip to Blogher…literally

Wednesday my hubby dropped me off curbside at the kahului airport in Maui.

After a tearful goodbye from my son and a kiss on my sleeping daughter’s cheek, I was off.

I did self check in, handed my bag off to be checked in and away I went to the gate.  Gate 7 to Los Angeles.

I walked leisurely to the gate.  Found a seat and then tweeted my excitement for taking off to Blogher.  After an hour and a tearful phonecall with my husband and a few tweets saying I was homesick (i.e. emotional) already, they started to board.  I was in the 6th group to board.

They called group 1, then group 2 then they said “ok, the rest of you.”

Knowing I was in the front of the plane I was going to wait but instead followed the herd (mooooo) and lined up as they let us on.  I got up to the ticket agent and that’s when my trip really started…

With an “umm, hmmm, let’s see” from the ticket agent, I spoke up “To Los Angeles right?”

Ticket agent: “Yes, but this is Delta, you are on American.  At gate 23. That’s on the other side of the airport. It leaves in 10 minutes.”

And with that, I booked it as fast I could, carrying my very very, filled-to-the-brim bag on my shoulder.  I pushed myself as hard as I could, thinking of the dreaded possibility that I had or was about to miss my flight.  My mind rushed to my husband, who had just returned home with two sleeping kids, having to wake them to come get me.  Me missing all of Thursday in Chicago and trying to find another flight. ugh.

I pushed and pushed and ripped my flips flops off so I could run faster.  I passed at lightening speed, gate 19, gate 20, gate 21, gate 22…all the while the clock was ticking.  I came around the corner to gate 23 just as they were closing the doors.  Screaming “WAIT! SIR!  I am on that plane!” He abandoned the doors, took my ticket and let me on to the plane.

Still breathing at an intensely rapid rate and my heart beating fast I felt I still wasn’t in the clear until I set foot into that plane.  As I got closer and saw the door to the plane still open, it happened.

Bam! Splat!  ME! Flat out, laid out on the floor.  My bag came crashing down.  My knees took the brunt of the impact with my hands next, so as to save me from literally doing a face-plant.

I think I let out a groan followed by a cry for help.  It all happened so fast.  I bounced up to my feet faster than a football receiver, I had to get to the goal…that plane!

The male flight attendant, came towards me.  I burst out in tears.  It was all too much.  That fall put me over the edge.  I had been sitting, like a jackass at the wrong gate.  I ran like the wind with people looking at me and wondering, “what the hell?” and then I crashed.  Both physically and emotionally.

The tears just started flowing.  The flight attendant, held onto my one shoulder and looked at me, tears flowing out of my eyes, chest puffing in and out with each gasp for air (and sanity) and he said, “Are you ok.”

Through the tears I was able to list what I had gone through… “I just fell. I was at the wrong gate, I ran all the way here and and and”…I just cried.  I mean, really cried.

He then said, “there’s got to be something else that’s going on in your life to have this happen” (I believe meaning my tearfest)

WTF!

Random, here I was having a therapy session with my gay flight attendant. But hey, I guess I needed it.

I answered in a crackle “I’m leaving my family.”

He answered, “well there you go!”

And with that new found knowledge, he continued..  “Now, you have to get on this plane and you are the last to board.  So in one minute you will have an audience of everyone that is sitting it their seats looking at you.  You can’t let them see you like this. Now dry your eyes, take a breath.”

I did as he said.  We cracked some joke.  I did what actors do before filming and ran my hand over my face as if to clear away the emotion so I could “go on stage” as I entered the plane.

“Now there you go” the very sweet flight attendant said.  I do believe he wiped a tear off of my face.  oh my god.

And he said, “Are you ok?” Yes I replied.  “Breathe” he said.  I took a deep breathe and he said, “Now go”.

I walked with both feet firmly on the ground and entered the plane.  Sure enough all eyes were on me.  I smiled as if I was just wanting to be fashionably late.  Found my seat (thank god it was close to the front) and tried for 20 minutes to hold back tears.

I thought to myself…I know I wanted a trip to Blogher .  But this was SOOOOOOOO NOT what I had in mind.

And then I heard…

“Flight attendants, prepare for take off.”

And with that, I was on my way.  A tad bruised, a tad battered and ever so thankful to that very sweet flight attendant.

more to come from Blogher…stay tuned!

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Comments

  1. Wow, what a trip. No pun intended! I hope you had a great time at Blogher.
    .-= Rhonda´s last blog ..Oh Snap – Blog Give Aways =-.

  2. That was not a good way to start your trip.

  3. Oh my goodness…poor you but then I wouldve been just the same way.

    PS Come visit my blog and enter the 2 giveaways…while at my blog please could you help me build up comments for the blog giveaway I’m trying to win, since we missed BlogHer :<? Thank you

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  4. It’s hard not to break down when you feel rushed like that. ((HUGS)) At least the flight attendant was nice!
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..Country Inns Weekend =-.

  5. oh Sarah …. ( I don’t want to be a spoiler of this story (twitterer knows the ending) … so I won’t ask or say more. I’m looking forward to your next post….

    Liza
    .-= A Maui Blog´s last blog ..Maui Sky Line =-.

  6. Donna Holmberg says:

    One nice thought… although it has been rough so far, it’s got to get better from here, right?! I’m sending ALL MY GOOD LUCK your way so you have the BEST BlogHer experience ever!

  7. Oh my goodness Sarah that sounds like a stressful way to start a trip. I’m sorry and I hope you’re ok.
    .-= Jinxy´s last blog ..7 months old =-.

  8. So sorry you had a bad start to Blogher hope you are having a blast now. I love reading your blog keep up the great work.

  9. Great story – I’m a fan!
    .-= Big Apple Angie´s last blog ..Only Crazy People Fall in Love with Me =-.

  10. I would have been in tears, too. Glad you made it onto your plane OK. Well, as OK as you could be. :)
    .-= Jayne @ Misplaced City Girl´s last blog ..Free Sample Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond Quaker True Delights =-.

  11. I’m so sorry you had such a rough start to your trip. I hope it has gotten better. At least you happened to find possibly the most understanding attendant ever!
    .-= Staci A´s last blog ..Small Talk Six: Who’s Got Talent? =-.

  12. i saw your tweets…looks like everything is okay now and i’m glad you are having fun.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..theblogfrog.com =-.

  13. Oh gosh, that must have been horrible. Relax from here on, it’s all behind you. You’ll tell this story and leaugh…someday!
    .-= Cindy B. in Montana´s last blog ..Sneak Peak! =-.

    • Sarah Burns says:

      Thanks gals! I am totally laughing at this now. I’m having a great time at Blogher. No more trips, just lots of fun!! Thanks ladies!! I’ll do an update as soon as I can!
      xoxo, Sarah

  14. OMG Sarah! I’m so sorry you had such a rocky start, but I hope you’re having a WONDERFUL time now! Take a breath, have a drink and relax tonight!
    .-= Kasey´s last blog ..New Design Is Coming! =-.

  15. Rough start but hope the rest of the trip is wonderful!
    .-= Gena Morris´s last blog ..Trix Swirls & Creative Kid Basket Giveaway! 2 Winners! =-.

  16. goodness! thank the lord for people like that!
    .-= Jasmine´s last blog ..Whisker Watcher =-.

  17. Thank you, so much, for posting, such honesty. Sometimes, I feel like I’m the only one that avoids things, because I handle them, in tears.

    Enjoy the Conference. :)
    ~Heidi
    .-= Heidi @ CarolinaDreamz´s last blog ..Muggle, checking in.. =-.

  18. Sometimes random people in our lives can really help us in times of need. The flight attendant seemed to be wonderful to you and I hope he reset the pace and focus of your trip and helped you feel better. Have a great time.

  19. Karen R says:

    I hope you don’t have any more trips on your trip. If you missed that flight, it would have been terrible. What a nice flight attendant. Enjoy your time at BlogHer.

  20. Oh gosh Sarah! How horrible when it is happening, I have had a very similar experience so I really feel for you! I really will make for an even more memorable experience though :) Hope the rest of your trip is fabulous!

  21. Oh no!! You poor thing!! I would have been the same way though! Hugs!!!

  22. Oh Sarah… talk about an eventful flight! Just remember how much you’ve been looking forward to this, how giddy just the THOUGHT Of mommy time in Chicago has made you, and soon you’ll be hanging with your sis!!!! I wish I could be there :(

    *HUGS*
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Coming Out of Hiatus! =-.

  23. Oh. My. Gosh. So Sarah, I know that this was not funny and it was very emotional for you but…now that it’s over and you’re having a good time at BlogHer, are you laughing about it? Are you okay? You’re so lucky to have made the flight! American quite often will leave a few minutes early if there if all is quiet at the gate.
    .-= Cathi ~ The Way I See It Too´s last blog ..Aloha Friday – What’s in your handbag? =-.

  24. Christine says:

    What an eventful beginning! I hope you have a great rest of the trip!!!

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