If you think Snakes on a Plane was bad you haven’t had stinky teenage boys on a plane.
This past weekend I attended Arizona Dreamin’ a readers convention and had a great time (more on that when I wake up). By the time we got to the airport last night at 7pm we (I attended with an author friend of mine Amy Denim) were done. We arrived at out gate and to our dismay there were at least fifty teenage boys horsing around and being loud at our gate.
When I asked the woman at the gate if they were on my plane she said yes and she couldn’t wait for them to call our already late plane. Oh Joy.
Now until this point I was excited to get home and see my family which include 2 teenage boys. By the time we boarded out very full plane-there were no empty seats-I was no longer excited to them.
Luckily I had one of my favorite books with me so I disappeared into Tangle of Need, while Amy disappeared into Erin Kellison’s Fire Kissed.
The lady who sat with Amy and I, I don’t think has had a lot of exposure to teenagers because she was more than a little irritated with them, and said more than once their parents must have been glad to see them gone.
Our pilots and flight crew were good sports and took a plane full of teenagers in stride and managed to not make us want to throw them out of the plane. After we spent almost thirty minutes on the plane waiting for them to load all the luggage onto the plane we were on our way.
As soon as the pilot turned off the lights the teenage boys calmed down and it was a very quiet flight. When we landed the pilot did something I thought was really awesome. He had the entire plane sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game. The boys loved it.
For me though the best part of traveling with these boys was when we got baggage claim and these teenage boys were walking up to their mom’s and gave them giant hugs.
Not that our travel woes were over.
We still had to find out where out bags were. For some reason most of the bags on our flight ended up on the baggage claim of another flight. So by the time I walked into my front door it was 2:30 am.
But these experiences are what make traveling fun. You never know what it going to happen. So what is the most interesting thing to ever happen to you while traveling?
Here’s a treat for you as well…Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game.