Thursday, January 15, 2009

What are the odds?

I booked my ticket to Boston for May last night. My connecting flight is JFK airport in New York City.

Today, a plane took off from New York, bound for Charlotte, NC and it crashed into the Hudson River.

Why? Because a bunch of birds got in the way, apparently got sucked into the engines, and it did a belly flop into the water.

Have I mentioned I'm sort of a nervous flier?

We can put men 0n the moon, watch tv on our cell phones, and text message a vote for the top 12 contestants on "American Idol" But we can't design an airplane engine that will keep a freaking bird from getting sucked into it and sending a 747 crashing to the ground?

You're telling me that I can google "Top 50 belly flops into a 4 ft pool" and get 300 responses and we can't design a plane that can handle a stupid bird? Where are my tax dollars going? It's definitely not going toward building a car that can handle a charging deer or an airplane that can deal with a 5 oz. bird getting sucked into a $2.5 million dollar engine.

As the cherry on top of this craptastic sundae, just last night I booked a flight to Boston for May that includes a stop at JFK airport.

In New York City.

Anyone know a "cleaner" I can hire to take out the Seagull population around NYC between now and May?

Mother Nature is overrated.


Tex said...

last time i booked a flight to go to NYC was Sept 10, 2001

and you know the rest....Im just sayin

Tex said...

oh and then when i went on the flight i booked which was Veterans Day weekend that year...the day I flew back out of got cancelled cos of this:

2001 wasnt a good year

Tree Newt said...

Dude, I'm sorry...but I had to laugh! Not at the wreck...thank God no one was injured or killed. But at the fact that it happened right after you booked!

But I think you're good. Didn't it happen at LaGuardia? You'll be FINE! Just repeat this:

Serenity now...serenity now...serenity NOW!

Ted D said...

Tex, you may in fact have me beat. And there is no way I'd have gotten on that plane after 9/11.

Mattie, this whole thing just proves to me that God has a sense of humor. Serenity now is right.

Redbeard76 said...

Dude... I just heard one of the sales people here was literally on that plane - same flight to Charlotte to see Lowes corporate - just a few days ago. Described it as a brand new plane- the Airbus. Eerie!

Ted D said...

Redbeard, that is wild. I was wondering if I'd hear about someone I or somebody else knew.

Rich in the garage said...

I used to hate flying...till I had to fly to seatle, after that nothing bothers me.

Ted D said...

It was a major step for me to go to Boston last May, Rich. First time in 11 years...

HorshamScouse said...

15 lb Canada goose not a 5 oz. bird and not a belly flop but an amazingly skillful landing on water.

Landing at Newark in a thunderstorm did it for me. After that, no problems flying anywhere.

Ted D said...

Horsham, it was a miracle he landed that plane and NOBODY died. Amazing.