Picture, if you will, a trio of friends
escaping parting ways with their families to attend a much anticipated blogging conference in Baltimore. A blogging conference that was the brain child of Stephanie Giese of Binkies and Briefcases.
We had a flight early Friday morning leaving at exactly 0′ dark-thirty. Hours before the flight, Celeste’s naughty dog decided to jump the fence at the dog-sitter’s house and roam the neighborhood in search of
booze and frat parties what only a doggie cam would show. Despite all attempts of finding said dog…the search stopped late in the evening with no luck and quite a few tears. Thankfully, Celeste received a text at 2 a.m. from the dog sitter that the dog had returned on her own. Floozie (the dog…not Celeste).
Kim’s husband agreed to drive us all to the airport. One might imagine how charming and chipper everyone was at 4am on the drive to the airport. Or not.
Even though we were headed to Baltimore for Blog University, we planned to fly into Reagan International airport and take the train into Baltimore to save cash. This is now known as “the stupidest idea we have ever, ever had.”
We flew from Omaha to St. Louis with no issues. Here is our first #SouthwestSelfie. Look at those adorable, fresh, excited faces waiting to use our new school supplies at #BlogU14.
Luckily, our flight was going straight through to Baltimore so we didn’t have to get off the plane. Are you starting to scratch your head here? You should be! The other passengers deplaned and once the flight crew completed a head count, they let everyone flying through move up to the first few rows. They stated there were seventeen passengers flying though to Baltimore. The lovely Southwest crew counted twenty passengers and then let the new passengers board the plane. We didn’t pay much attention to the other passengers boarding the full flight – our row was full and we were busy complaining about how we wished we could have deplaned so we could grab some food and Starbucks. We did, however, pay attention when 3 passengers stood at the front of the plane because they had no seat in this apparently ‘over-sold’ flight to Baltimore. They were P.I.S.S.E.D. This is an understatement. We felt bad for them. Imagine how awful it would be learn you didn’t have a seat on the flight you paid for until you were actually on the plane!
Then came one more announcement…“Folks, just a reminder this is Flight 455 to Baltimore…please make sure you are on the correct flight.”
This is the turning point…we all looked at each other as the realization sunk in. We were flying into Reagan airport in Washington DC NOT Baltimore. “WE ARE ON THE WRONG PLANE!!!”
With lightening speed we gathered our crap, stood up, and reluctantly looked behind us. We were greeted with row upon row of pissed off passengers. You can see the obvious thoughts they are collectively having, “Who are these morons and how in the hell did they board the wrong f*ing plane???” We did the most EPIC walk of shame. As we are exiting the plane, Natalie is throwing out random apologies while Kim is pointing to Celeste’s back and silently mouthing, “It’s all her fault!” with a shit-eating grin on her face.
Of course you did. We are the idiots that were sitting on the wrong plane. We are the people that were sitting there when you were only supposed to have seventeen people instead of twenty. We were re-booked on the next flight to DC …SIX HOURS LATER.
After finally making it to #BlogU14, Kim got to relay our moronic misadventure, almost immediately, to Karen Alpert of Baby Sideburns. The same fabulous woman that has helped out tremendously with tips on how to promote our book, It’s Really 10 Months. And again to Ilana Wiles of Mommy Shorts You know, that super cool lady who did Baby Mugging and Baby Suiting. And the list kept going on and on with other great bloggers we met there like Teri Biebel from Snarkfest and Bethany Meyer of I Love Them the Most When They’re Sleeping. We thought our secret could still be hidden from the world until the amazing Jen Mann of People I Want to Punch in the Throat said, “This story needs to be told and if you don’t do it, I will.”
And that is pretty much what sealed the deal folks. We had no other choice than to admit our shame to the world. There were too many people that knew. Some of them quite angry due to a delayed flight. We must confess our flight sin. And we have. Go in peace people. Go in peace.
1) Get a direct flight. Whenever possible. Always get the direct flight.
2) Sometimes grown women need a chaperone.
3) Basic math is not a skill that all people possess.
4) Mob mentality is a real thing and we escaped it.
Did we make it home? Yes, eventually we all made it home after delays and diverted flights. We may have only made it to just inside the front door. We may not have been conscious. But we made it home.