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12 October 2005 @ 11:38 am
Wild Wild West, Day 1  
I have landed on the West Coast! YAY!

Thus far I have only seen the inside of the airport, the inside of w0lfstar's car, and the inside of w0lfstar's (very lovely!) house, so I am yet to have my brain properly rocked by having the ocean on the wrong other side.

My flights? Were good. YAY. I was too zoned and feverish to panic, which was great, and dramamine is of the Gods, so I didn't get sick! At all! And people need to remind me of that the next time I start freaking out about flying. Because I was doped to the gills on antiemetics, I actually felt better than I have the whole rest of the week. (Now, of course, I feel like death on a stick again, and so am laying low in Sheryl's house today while she is out with her dad doing Exciting Medical Things in another city.)

I also met very interesting people. My silly Northeasterner plan of "Oh, well, I'll just read and sleep on the plane and maybe write fanfic and no one will talk to me!" apparently does not work once you leave the Umbrella Of Polite Distance that hangs over the northeastern states. On the first flight, I sat next to a career rodeo cowboy from Southern Kentucky -- hat, boots and all -- and learned all about how to tell a good rodeo from a bad one (apparently, it has to do with the clown). On the long flight from Atlanta to Oregon, I talked with a whole bunch of people, many of whom were coming back from Katrina relief, one of whom was a retired chaplain with a lifelong linguistics obsession, and one guy from Alaska who follows the Red Sox, taught me how to say things in Klingon, and -- though his oldest son is only a few years younger than me -- decided that I should totally be his future wife and advised me on the benefits of dating mature men. Err.

So yes! What I have learned so far:

Lesson One: People from all other parts of the country are just way, way friendlier than people from the Northeast. (I know, I know, stop the presses.)
 
 
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Little Red: go west little red - besydmylittleredgirl on October 12th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
Bwa! No! He taught me how to ask "where's the bathroom?" and to ask for chocolate. However, I've forgotten it all now.

I can honestly say you have the most interesting plane trips EVER.

... but I fly so RARELY! Maybe all the interestingness just gets concentrated because of that or something. That, or it should get filed under my "reasons why red hair is a weirdness magnet." :)

And a coincidence! The older guy's name was Roger Williams, and he is an architect, and my architect ex-boyfriend went to a school called Roger Williams for his architecture degree.
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you're thinking of mr wizard: 100 gross of self-sealing stem boltscleverocity on October 12th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
Wheee, you meet interesting people!


Little Red: gleee! - nenyamylittleredgirl on October 12th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
I do! It is gleeeful!
MegTDJ: Teryl Blank - purple_shoesmeg_tdj on October 12th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
and dramamine is of the Gods, so I didn't get sick! At all! And people need to remind me of that the next time I start freaking out about flying. Because I was doped to the gills on antiemetics, I actually felt better than I have the whole rest of the week

I was actually going to remind you of that when you said you were worried about puking in public, but I guess I have to warn you - taking that once or twice will be fine, but I must advise against using it for any extended period of time while on anti-depressants. Trust me on that. ;)

Yay! I'm glad your trip has gone well so far! *snuggles* Trust you to sit next to the eccentrics. ;)
Little Red: oh peanut - josephidesmylittleredgirl on October 12th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Sheryl said that I should keep taking dramamine (since the shrink said the meds don't interact) until the side-effects wear off in a week or so, but I don't really want to tax my liver-and-other-organs like that. Although I'm sure that throwing up all day isn't exactly GOOD FOR ME EITHER, ARG. *shakes fist at medication* But anyway, it was a nice break yesterday.

The eccentrics found me! TWO OF THEM changed seats to sit closer to me so they could talk to me! Which is fine, because I tend to love talking to strangers, but I could've sworn I was putting out "I AM TIRED GO AWAY" vibes yesterday. I clearly must fine-tune those a bit better...
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Rose Wilde-Irishrosewildeirish on October 12th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
Dramamine will also calm you slightly. It has that effect, but if they sold it for that, they'd have to make it prescription or somesuch. *g*

O_o *will totally save you from Mature Man if need be omg*
Little Red: go west little red - besydmylittleredgirl on October 12th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
Dramamine will also calm you slightly.

Yay!! I imagine that combined with the other stuff, because even before I took it I was just "OMG, I feel awful now ALREADY, so there's no reason for me to panic that I'm going to feel awful in the air." And then I felt BETTER. Ha.

My creep-o-meter needs a tune-up, I'm thinking...
thekatebeyond on October 12th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to know you got there safe and sound. And of course, totally jealous. I haven't been to Oregon since the late 90s and I miss it like... well, a lot. (If you are near Portland, you must go to Powell's downtown and just say hi to the books for me. *sniffle*)

the Umbrella Of Polite Distance

Ahh, I didn't know the phenomenon had an official name. We Southerners just generally file it under the heading "Yankee Behavior."
Little Red: go west little red - besydmylittleredgirl on October 12th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
We're definitely going to Powell's! Apparently that is one thing that everyone who has ever lived in Portland agrees on. :) I'm excited. :)

Actually, I just made up that name. I'm sure that Yankee Distance does have an actual name, I just can't think of what it is. It's just... hrm. We're cold and reserved, like the land. ;) It's less so in small towns, of course, but even then... anyway.
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dark_cygnet: cygnetdark_cygnet on October 12th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
Lesson One: People from all other parts of the country are just way, way friendlier than people from the Northeast. (I know, I know, stop the presses.

Isn't it funny? I was born and raised in Ohio-which can be friendly in spots- so when i moved to Lexington Ky i was totally unprepared for all the super friendly people who would just start talking to you like you were long lost family. Now it's so natural to me that when i go home, i freak all the midwesterns out. *g*

Sounds like your trip has started out great, excellent! Take care.
Little Red: go west little red - besydmylittleredgirl on October 12th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
See, I went to the midwest last year for the first time, and was SHOCKED at how openly friendly everyone was! People kept talking to me in bus stations and on trains and stuff -- and most of them were just doing it because they wanted to talk to me! They weren't even hitting on me! *boggles* So... now you are telling me that the midwest isn't, actually, the omgfriendliest place in the country?

... wow.
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Pooh: SGA - hands to ourselves (by natushka)mspooh on October 12th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC)
Damn. I've never had anyone interesting that I'd actually want talking to me sit next to me on the plane. *sigh* Not that I would have wanted to talk to any of them since my ears get majorly clogged once I'm in the air and that makes me cranky. Stupid ears!

Not only is there a polite distance requirement, but we don't necessarily make eye contact unless we're feeling a little adventurous. Or maybe this is only for the NY area? I remember when I first moved to Chicago and freaked out when people in the streets were smiling at me and randomly saying hi. I was all "...er, big city! not Mayberry, dammit! stop looking at me! you don't know me, omg!" Obviously, moving out of the Northeast might require some kind of socialization therapy beforehand...

Oh, and it's totally the red, Nobel prize-winning, hair. ;)
Little Red: go west little red - besydmylittleredgirl on October 12th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
None of these people actually started *out* sitting next to me, which means you might be right about the hair.

And awww. :( See!? FLYING IS EVIL AND BAD!! *flails* Although the fact that it really was the most pleasant day I've had all week is messing with my internal sense of right and wrong. *curls up in a ball and whines* OMG, I don't like being sick away from home. I am glad I brought my laptop though, yay, for now it almost feels like I'm at home, except I don't know my way around the kitchen. ;)

but we don't necessarily make eye contact unless we're feeling a little adventurous.

HEE! Well, that's not true of the small towns, because there you nod and say hi to everyone, whether or not you know them. Though it's STILL more reserved and distant than anywhere else in the country.

Obviously, moving out of the Northeast might require some kind of socialization therapy beforehand...

Ahahaha, TOTALLY! This one woman on the plane -- from Mississippi, but lives now in Oregon -- says that the transition out of the South *definitely* requires therapy, so I'm thinking that perhaps this sort of transitional socialization is a good market to get into. ;)
if i could, i'd punch you into paralysis!grenadine on October 12th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
Lesson One: People from all other parts of the country are just way, way friendlier than people from the Northeast.

HEE. Yep, we're very friendly. Usually, it's because we're bored.
Relevance: Hoprelevance on October 12th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
People from all other parts of the country are just way, way friendlier than people from the Northeast.

Man, I need to get me back to New England. But then, I usually hate it when random strangers strike up conversation with me, especially if I'm trying to get something done or blissed out in my own listening-to-music dimension.

Oh, and welcome to the West! I would totally visit you and Sheryl this weekend if I weren't going to be in San Francisco visiting my sister.
Jessij_guda on October 12th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
Welcome to Portland! I love this city. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

Besides Powell's the one place you need to visit is Saturday Market. It's wonderful, for the food and the atmosphere, even if you can't find anything to buy. (And if you go, check out the antique store in the building under the bridge. I love that place.) We have a bunch of great parks, and of course the obligatory coffee shop on every corner. It wouldn't be the northwest if we didn't. Good shopping, good restaurants, lots of things to do. I hope you have a great time here!
Lisa Yaegerlisayaeger on October 12th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
My silly Northeasterner plan of "Oh, well, I'll just read and sleep on the plane and maybe write fanfic and no one will talk to me!" apparently does not work once you leave the Umbrella Of Polite Distance that hangs over the northeastern states.

I worship The Umbrella. *g*

And Dramamine rocks. I'd puke on every flight without it!!!
nanda नान्दाnandamai on October 12th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
Those friendly, foreign parts of the country scare the crap out of me.
pellucid: UKpellucid on October 13th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)
Hmm, see, I'm a Southerner and fly often to the South, but I rarely have interesting plane conversations. I think it's because I behave more like a Northeasterner. I sit down and pull out my book and don't look particularly approachable--because I'm an introvert--and people don't talk to me. I think it's just that you give off that "I'm an interesting person--talk to me" aura, which others of us do not. ;)
rogue equestrian: Rome:: Pullo pillowelvinborn on October 13th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
dramamine is a beautiful beautiful thing. I was a very carsick child, so my parents would agree with you whole-heartedly.

You seem to have found some very interesting travelling companions. I myself would have loved talking with the cowboy. partially because it would be interesting, and partly because I have a thing for cowboys. especially with hats.
the older guy thing was less than thrilling though. Maybe the Klingon phrases could come in handy though :D
mystic_isles000 on October 13th, 2005 06:32 am (UTC)
Yay!
Yay! Your alive and made it well! ANd OMG those sound like the coolest people!!! I've never met anyone that interesting on a plane!! Sounds swweet!
Well Love you much, can't wait for you to come home!
Call me!
Gira
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