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There is a conference coming up in Florida in May. The Big!boss thinks I should go and said if I want to, one of the spots is mine, but if I don't want to, he won't make me.

I like that about him.

I told him I was torn; I really have kind of a knee jerk reaction to the idea of flying after my encounter with the asshole!from!Hell! on my last flight. On the other hand, I've been flying for a number of years and not ever had someone treat me like an utter piece of garbage because of my size before, so hopefully it was an anomaly, not a trend.

On the other hand - it looks like a good conference. On the original hand, It's in Florida, so all I can think is HOT AND MUGGY GAH! but I figure it won't be as bad as it was in July (ahh, memories of Tampa Vulcon) and it would be kind of cool to have work pay for me to go to Florida.

Upshot is? I guess I'm going to Florida in May.

Sadly, I just don't see it working out to go down early and spend a few days with my dad and brothers in Alabama first. But. I dunno. Maybe. I will have to see if I can work something out - it seems like such a shame to go all that way and NOT work a family visit in there somehow, you know?

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shaddyr
Mar. 14th, 2014 05:15 am (UTC)
Aww! That would be awesome! I would love to visit you. :)

I fervently hope that one day it will work out.
willowgreen
Mar. 12th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard about the flight from hell till now. Sounds to me like a valid reason for a touch of airline PTSD. So I'm really glad to hear that you're going to bite the bullet and take the flight. It would suck to be limited to only going places you can drive to!

I'm having a little bit of fat-related neophobia myself right now. My beloved yoga teacher retired, and I'm not super-happy with her replacement, so I started looking online for other classes to check out. But as soon as I started looking at the other studios' web sites, I started thinking about how a new teacher might not get the fact that although I'm reasonably strong and flexible, the size of my belly makes "folding in half" and certain other yoga tropes difficult for me. Plus I have the usual middle-aged complement of non-fat-related body peculiarities. I've learned to work around those limitations for tbe most part, with the help of my old teacher, who's a genius about helping people with all kinds of physical issues -- but I dread the thought of having to explain it all to someone new.

OK, enough with the all about me. Sorry to hear about your recent difficulties, but this trip sounds like fun!
thedeej
Mar. 13th, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
Check out the Fat Yogini

http://www.fatyogini.com/
shaddyr
Mar. 14th, 2014 05:18 am (UTC)
...but I dread the thought of having to explain it all to someone new.

I hear you! It's nice when you have someone who understands and who you can trust - building that rapport again with someone new is possible, but its hard work.
txvoodoo
Mar. 13th, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
Tampa Vulcon was soooo hot. But I loved it and miss it. :D
mercury973
Mar. 13th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
ROADTRIP!

I dunno- Florida sounds like hell on earth to me. But if it will advance your career...might be something to think about.
helenkacan
Mar. 13th, 2014 02:29 am (UTC)
I haven't been on a plane since I flew to VCR for Expo '86, so I have no idea how much worse cramming more people into a cabin can be ... though I'm sure it's bad. However, do different airlines not have different seat specs, also depending on plane model? Perhaps you could check that out to see if you'd be able to fly in greater comfort. Mind you, that still doesn't eliminate the asshole seatmate problem, as they are a blight on civility everywhere.
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