Conference Lag

July 20, 2009 | Karin's Blog | 18 comments


Sort of.  I got home to California yesterday morning at 10:30 a.m. Cali time.  I almost didn’t tho.  When my traveling buddy Lisa Hughey and I arrived at BWI, at 4 a.m. patiently awaiting our 5:21 a.m. flight to Charlotte (then Charlotte to San Fran) I noticed a teeny weeny itsy bitsy widdle airplane attached to our gangplanky thing!


I immediately stood to take a closer look.  Yep.  A toy airplane!  I swear it had rubber band wind up propellers.  Lisa, immediately began to assure me it was a real plane with real engines and a real captain.  I sat down and eyed her with what I am sure was the glare of all glares.  You see, Lisa booked our flights so we could fly together.  I KNOW she did this on purpose, just to torment me.  She assured me she did not.   I wasn’t buying it.


I debated, seriously on not getting on that Toy R’ Us version of an aircraft. But I did. Only because I had a secret weapon in my wallet.  One teeny pill.  A pill that would make me not give a flying f@%$! if we dive bombed into the Atlantic.  And it’s a good thing, because our captain was singing at the top of his lungs when we boarded.  Yup.  The when we were all seated he did a stand up routine over the mike.  It did not make me feel like we were in serious hands.  So, I took a third of the pill right then and there.  Having Bozo the clown as the captain was not comforting.  By the time we got on the plane to SF, which I do not remember boarding, I didn’t care who the hell was flying the thing.


So, let’s just say, while I have vague memories of smooth sailing, getting my luggage in SFO, the drive home, a quick stop at Mickey D’s (I was dying for a double cheeseburger with special sauce!) a nap when I got home, dinner (thank you pregnant daughter) then awaking at 10:30 this morning, yesterday and last night were a blur. 


I did wake up bright eye and bushy tailed, tho.  J


I had a great conference.  But as always, it’s so good to be home. My one cat, Baby, has not left my side, his much sweeter counterpart, Kitty, has tried to edge in on the love but has been told.  My two shih-tzus, CoCo and Zoe, have been love bugs.  I’m pretty sure the kids are happy I’m home, I was kind of out of it when they all came in last night. Hubby of course is beside himself with pure unadulterated happiness.  Lol, ok maybe not like that but he is very happy I’m home.  He always misses me.  I miss him too.  I think I’m going to drag him along next year to Thriller fest ad Nationals. 


I have over 350 new emails to sort through, not to mention the 50+ I left to deal with when I came home.  So, I’m going underground for the next couple of days to catch up.  If I promised you an email in DC bear with me.  I will eventually get to you, but I’m going to take my time. 


So, ciao for now, goils!






  1. Lisa Hughey

    I feel compelled to point out that I didn’t know when I booked the flights that Karin has a teensy problem with flying. I also feel compelled to point out that the plane was an Embrarer (sp?) 190 that seats over 100 people and was brand spanking new. It’s too bad Karin missed the flights because they were both extremely smooth. Maybe next time 🙂

  2. Jami Alden

    I missed you guys! can’t wait to hear the recap!

  3. Karin

    Hah! I feel compelled to say, that moi, who is the one who always strives to make the next person feel better was the recipient of Lisa’s mama-make-her-baby-feel-better attentions. On that note, I nominate Lisa Hughey for the Bestest Hand-Holder of the Year Award, despite the fact I was the victim of the let’s-scare-the-crap-out-of-Karin conspiracy. 🙂 Ok, in all seriousness. Lisa? You da bomb baby. I’ll fly with you anytime. But can we leave Bozo for the next flight?

  4. Karin

    Jami, we all missed you too! But for the *real* recap, you’re gonna have to call. 😉

  5. Margaret

    Hm, can you say ‘munchies’?
    Glad you had an awesometime! Wished I could have come in your back pocket.

  6. LaDonna

    Karin, thanks for the chuckles! That toy plane story was a hoot. 😆 So happy you’re home safe and sound. Get some rest, okay?

  7. Edie

    How sweet that the animals and the humans (though technically animals, too) were so happy to see you. Belle’s the same way when I’ve been gone. Have fun whipping through your emails.

  8. Patricia Barraclough

    Too bad you took the pill. Those little planes are a lot of fun to fly on. Can remember one flight where they left the curtains open and you could watch through the windshield (it was a really small plane). It was so cool seeing the runway lights and watching the pilot line the plane up and land.

  9. Jody

    I don’t really think anybody is afraid of flying.

    It’s crashing that makes them nervous.

  10. Karin Tabke

    Jody I’m not afraid of crashing. I’m afraid of *knowing* i’m going to crash!

    Patricia, if the pilot would have left the door open I would have passed out! Now, oddly enough, if I could sit in the cockpit as an observer I would be totally ok with that. go figure.

  11. J. Carson Black

    It’s always great to be home. That one moment when you get in the door and appreciate every thing and every one. (Before you open up your email, mail, or listen to your phone calls.)

    I’m with you on knowing you’re going to crash. I’d rather slam into a mountain without knowing it. I used to just pray for the drink cart to get to me fast so I wouldn’t care.

  12. Kendra

    Love those little pills. I can’t step foot on a plane without one. It’s not flying or the thought of crashing that bothers me, it’s the ENCLOSURE. Severe claustrophobia.

    Nice seeing you in DC, Karin. Thrillerfest next year? We went this year, combined the trip with DC. It’s a whole different world, but a fun one!

  13. Jill James

    so sorry about the plane from Toys R Us. I would have needed the little pill too.

    Glad you are home, sounds like DC was very nice.

  14. Jane

    Welcome back, Karin.

  15. virna

    Snerk on the little toy airplane. I got stuck in North Carolina overnite and then had to ride one of those toy planes for my last leg. Quite a trip! Glad you made it back safe and with your sense of humor fully functional!!! 🙂

  16. HollyD

    Glad you’re back home safe & sound.

    I’ve been on the itty bitty ones that hold about 20 people, twice. The first time I was like are you freaking kidding me? The second time I had my 13 month old and my 1 & 1/2 week old kids with me. No time to worry about the plane.

  17. J. Carson Black

    I remember during a violent rainstorm in Panama City, Florida, we were to fly to Atlanta aboard a little four-seater Cessna. It would come in and turn around, and we had to run across the rain-lashed tarmac and jump aboard, so that it could keep moving (maybe not to tip over?).

    I don’t even remember being scared. Maybe I was just really ready to leave Panama City.

  18. Jody

    I’ve flown two-seater planes and gliders – both as pilot and passenger. It’s hard to rattle me. There was something about knowing I could land the aircraft in an emergency that made it less nerve wracking. Plus, knowing how to fly always gave me the added option of tossing my ex-husband-pilot out the door if I got pissed off at him. Once he realized I could land the plane without him he was on his best behavior. At least when we were in the airplane.

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