Thursday, April 10, 2008

Chatty Cathy

Tyler Durden's alter ego coined the term 'single serving friend' to describe the temporary relationships we build with strangers.

My single serving friend en route to New York was a sixty year old airline attendant commuting home after working the Beijing-Chicago flight. I nicknamed her Chatty Cathy. 

She had barely sat down before she started pedalling the jewelry that was inside the small plastic bags that she was pulling out of her bra. It was hard to be sympathetic hearing her stories of what a pain it is to go through customs. Apparently, she actually got searched this time; though they were unable to detect the copious amount of jewelry in her undergarments. 

While I was not in the market for tacky jewelry, the pitch was a useful segue into an entertaining story about a manicure/pedicure/massage party during her layover in China the night before that had been mistaken for an orgy. She insisted it was a misunderstanding, but I wasn't so sure after hearing her compliment the male airline attendant on his hair by telling him she wanted to run her fingers through it. Imagine her surprise when the other attendant serving our cabin turned out to be his wife! 

Forty years as an airline attendant - Chatty Cathy had some fantastic stories and a great outlook on life. When one of the younger attendants started complaining to the senior attendant, Chatty Cathy whispered to me 'she just hasn't figured out how to make her day shorter'. Indeed, I just learned how to make my flight shorter.


Blogger Emma said...

People like that are funny...I always hope not to be sat next to them, but then always have a great time when I am...probably indicative of some deep-rooted social issue.

April 13, 2008 at 3:33:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Poyote said...

Thanks for the support Tori. How are things going for ya? What is new?

April 15, 2008 at 12:47:00 PM MDT  
Blogger tori said...

emma - the funny thing is that she wasnt even supposed to sit by me. someone else had taken her seat (because it looked like it was an empty row) in order to avoid sitting by someone. i enjoy time alone on an airplane too - eventhough i've often been pleasantly surprised by my single serving friends.

April 16, 2008 at 6:10:00 AM MDT  

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