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Dear Delta…

Dear Delta Air,

Today I flew home on one of your small, four seat wide planes.  I am a plus-size woman.  On all of your other planes the seatbelt fits me fine.  On this tiny plane, your seatbelt is one inch too short.  So today, I asked for a seat-belt extender.

Now Delta, I know that you might be quick to point out that my size is my fault. Trust me, I know.   But my faults gives your flight attendants no excuse for what they did to me today.

I am a tall woman, 5’10” or a bit more.  I chose to occupy the exit row seat.  This is normal for me. I’ve done it with you in the past, especially on these itty, bitty planes.  But my issue isn’t with your code or manual which states I cannot have an exit row seat with a belt extender. My issue is with the attendants that enforced it.

I watched as they passed me four times, twice each – one of whom was the one who gave me the extender in the first place.  She looked me directly in the eye and asked me if I could handle the duties of an exit row seat.  I informed her I could.  Your other attendant stopped and looked at me in disbelief saying, and I quote, “You got the seat belt fastened?” in a loud voice which prompted everyone’s heads around me to swivel to look at her.

After the door was shut, a total of five trips made past me checking on things by the attendants, the woman who gave me the extender made her way to me, and raising her voice above the noise of the plane, informed me that they did not believe me capable of being able to fulfill the duties of the exit row and it was against policy to allow someone with an extender to sit there.  She went on further to say that they had arranged for me to switch places with the man in the back of the plane, and the row where he sat was empty so there would be room for me to, and I quote, “spread out”.

Do you know what it feels like to have this conversation taking place in full hearing of everyone? And to see pity and distaste on people’s faces as you walk down the aisle to take your new seat?

Furthermore, your other attendant proceeded to inform me that she would show me the code and that the attendants on the other flights I’ve taken weren’t “doing their job” if I had been allowed to sit there before.  I told her twice to stop her confrontation with me (she was seated next to me in the aisle seat she folded out) and twice she ignored me.  When she continued I turned my back on her.

So yes, as I exited the plane and was on the receiving end of yet more excuses and a pathetic attempt at an apology, I was … less than polite in response.

You’ll be receiving my letter of complaint in the next few days.  I don’t expect you to do anything about it, but all of my faults aside, no human being deserves the humiliation that your attendants caused me today.  A simple, polite, quiet request for me to move while people were still being seated would have sufficed.

– An incredibly angry customer.


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Cruise Report

So many things happened on my vacation that there is simply no way to put down in words the sheer amount of things that happened. So I’ve decided to do a listing of new things I experienced, ate, and places I visited in the days that they occured. In addition, I’m posting some pictures of the day we set sail and the view of Miami. My parents are holding the actual cruise pictures hostage until my mother gets back from Atlanta.

Day 1. Miami – Set sail at 5:00 pm EST
New Experiences

  • Waving goodbye to the cars honking and people sitting out on the beach as we left port.
  • Doing the emergency life jacket drill (not fun)
  • Attending my first “grown-up” social event gathering with the Colwell Banker Devonshire realtor group
  • Stepping foot into my first ships cabin.
  • Walking out onto the deck at 10pm that first night and seeing nothing but blackness and sea surrounding me. ( THAT was incredible)

New Foods

  • Cavier
  • Creme Brulee

Day 2. At Sea
New Experiences

  • Reading on deck with a spectacular view of the ocean
  • Napping while on deck
  • Watching my first cruise ship show (And boy was it cheesy)

New Foods

  • Smoked Salmon (with Salmon cream cheese something filling .. oh yum)
  • Cherries Jubilee

Day 3. Ocho Rios, Jamaica
New Experiences

  • Sweating from heat in January!
  • Dodging Jamaican taxi drivers and beggers (these guys do NOT take no for an answer)
  • Buying rum in Jamaica (did you know that $1.00 American = $66.70 Jamaican? wow)
  • Receiving a proposal from a Jamaican man who was smoking some of the local “oregano” in a teeny, tiny little joint.
  • Receiving an offer to buy the “best stuff in Jamaica, mon”
  • Realizing that they really do say things like “No problem, mon” in Jamaica.
  • Viewing very large, very loudly dressed Jamaican women molest American tourist men while their wives took pictures.
  • Watching Matilda, the Jamaican comedian

New Foods

  • Jamaican “Jerk” Chicken
  • Rum Punch (yum!)
  • Rack of Lamb
  • Baked Alaska

Day 4. George Town, Grand Cayman Island
New Experiences

  • Boarding a tender for the first time.
  • Visiting “Margaritaville”
  • Visiting a British post office and buying postage there. (their money looks sooo funny)
  • Going to see Louis Johnson, Comedian, that evening on the ship

New Foods

  • Stuffed Lobster tail

Day 5. At Sea
New Experiences

  • Played bingo
  • Attended a “laugh” seminar (and passed the humor test!)
  • Cried because I knew I was going to miss the sea

New Foods

  • A HUGE variety of Sushi.

Day 6. Port and travel to Orlando
New Experiences

  • Viewing the stadium for the Superbowl
  • Viewing the stadium again for the Superbowl because we got lost in the rental car.
  • Going to bed at 9pm because we’re all fuddy-duddy’s.

Day 7. Epcot
New Experiences

  • Watching a man do a handstand on 7 stacked chairs
  • Watching my father get picked to play the role of “Romeo” in a skit.
  • Being totally embarrassed watching my father disco dance as said Romeo
  • Laughing at my father because he inserted “What ho!” into his dialogue and then it had to be explained that he was not insulting his “Edna”
  • Trying Japanese “Flowers Kiss” candy. No, it doesn’t taste like roses but more like a plum peach!
  • Going on Soarin’, a new Epcot ride that makes it feel as if you are hanggliding over various National Parks and wonders.

Day 8. Magic Kingdom and Home

The Magic Kingdom had only a few new experiences for me, as I spent several months working here.

In conclusion to this post – I just want to say that this was one of the most amazing, memorable vacations I’ve ever had. It was thrilling and heartwarming to spend time with my folks when they were really allowed to “relax”. It’s a side of them I don’t see very often at all. Mom said I took to cruising like a duck takes to water, so I’m sure I’ll thoroughly enjoy the family Disney cruise this fall, but in the meantime – it felt good to break out of the shell I’d placed myself into for the last few years and breathe and live again.

And now – pictures of the Miami coast line as we left port, along with a picture of the ship.

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Cruisin’ Away

It’s that time – I haven’t been active on here lately because, frankly, I’m burned out. Out of life, out of idea’s, out of creativity, out of energy – which means it’s time for VACATION.

I leave early early tomorrow morning to head to Miami and then we board the ship at 5pm EST out of Miami. The 29th we’ll be in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and the 30th in George Town, Grand Cayman. I will be sure to take lots of pictures, and may even update while on the ship!

Take care all you workers – I will drink a mojito or two for you!

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