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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

LAUNCH DAY 28: LAUNCH RESPONSIBLY (A TRUE STORY)

Day 28: in the launch lane: launch responsibly...

About to land.  Seatbelt sign on. Urge hits. About to make a dash for it. Only get to aisle seat before stopped. Told can't use the bathroom until we land. I hold it. I dance. I bounce. I shake. I clinch. I try not to laugh. I press the call button. Flight attendant approaches.


Told no water in the lavatories. Captain speaks. Announces twenty mins before we reach the gate. I bounce harder. I shake more. I press the call button again. Declare the absolute necessity to use this toilet.  My bladder is ignored and disregarded. I surrender my bladder to God in a desperate prayer. I press the call button again.  


Flight attendant approaches again.  I shout, "LOOK LADY!  SOMETHING BIBLICAL WILL HAPPEN IF I AM NOT ALLOWED TO GO RIGHT THIS INSTANCE!"  Flight attendant let's me go.  She can barely get her apology out before I run straight to the back of the plane. 


Relief. SWEET RELIEF.  She was right.  No running water.  I use the bottle of water on the counter to flush and wash hands. 


Return to my seat in a haze of high fives down the aisle in slow motion.  Success!  I think about the stern letter I want to write.  I start it off with two words:



LAUNCH RESPONSIBLY!!!!!

Apparently, the friendly flight crew of US Airways at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport neglected to fill the plane's water supply completely.  This resulted in not having enough water for a packed flight should the need to urinate arise.  Sloppy.  Sloppy.  Sloppy!

Who does that?!  Isn't there a standard checklist that includes checking fuel and water levels?!  This made me think about how our own actions can affect others around us.  Had I known there was a problem I would not have had the whole can of Ginger-Ale.  


I didn't talk about the Art of Responsibility during my original 31 days but it most definitely applies.  For every launch:


1.  Consider the expectations others in your care or launch lane have of you.


2.  Think about the required level of preparation to ensure a smooth launch.

3.  Try not to piss anybody off!


These three things will help you LAUNCH RESPONSIBLY!

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