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TP365/Year 10:: Connections – JetBlue

8 Oct

Today’s post is dedicated to my suitcase and JetBlue.

That’s right, I reconnected with my blue suitcase and an actual airplane today.

It was a genuine connection. Especially since my blue suitcase has lived in seclusion in the closet for almost two years now. But today, Mr. Blue was freed from captivity and released into the wilds of the airport (and JetBlue).

This was my foray back into the land of travel since Covid began. From way up in the sky everything felt normal again. Crisp blue sky, fluffy white clouds. Seats and trays in their upright position.

Then we landed in Fort Myers and were officially stranded on the tarmac — FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF.

I am not exaggerating. I wish I were.

When the pilot announced that our gate was not open and we would be waiting for at least 30 minutes the entire airplane groaned in unison. As if every voice joined forces to sing in disgust, all together now. Grrrrrrr.

What I will say, is this, the crowd was very well behaved. The children and even the dogs were patient, but most impressive, the adults were kind and respectful of each other and the situation.

Believe me, nobody was happy, but everyone was on their best behavior.

Then the pilot announced that we would be stuck there for another 30 minutes (it was over an hour more by the way).

I called Justin to report that I had landed and was also stuck on the plane. He demanded that I put him on speaker phone so that he could start a group sing-a-long of “Sweet Caroline” since the Boston Red Sox were playing the Tampa Bay Rays at that very moment.

I refused.

He chided me in his fun-filled voice and said, “hey it would be a great way to connect with a lot of people.”

I’m sure he was right. Maybe it would have been more fun to have a sing-a-long but I will save that trick for another day.

For now, I’m just happy I was finally able to roll my blue suitcase off the plane and into the tropical air.
Here’s to vacation, a great adventure, a girls weekend, and maybe some more connections!

More tomorrow,
Jamie

P.S. @JetBlue how do you feel about granting us all 70,000 miles for our good behavior on the tarmac?Asking for a friend…

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