Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Traveling in Time

Preparing for a trip can be exciting. Suddenly shopping is warranted and spending money is excused. Not that I enjoy throwing my dollars away, but the idea that I have given myself a budget which I am going to spend anyway, somehow makes me feel less guilty.

There is one part of traveling that freaks me out though, and that is the actual traveling. To be more precise: it’s the airplane.

I have this unmitigated fear of being in the air that the mere thought of it literally causes shortness of breath. It isn’t like I have never flown before, my last count has had me on around a dozen flights or so, yet no past experience nor reassurances about statistics and advances in mechanical science could possibly relieve me. The relief I feel when landing has made me reexamine my suicidal tendencies.

But the plane ride here was pleasant, and the trip looks like it will be a success.

Wish us luck… I still need to get home!


At February 07, 2006 12:36 PM, Blogger InterestedJew said...

the thing about a fear of flying is that it really is a fear of the loss of control (i am assuming you don't know how to fly a plane:)). meeting and talking to the pilot might go a long way toward alleviating your anxiety. if you tell a flight attendant about your concerns, i am sure he or she will make the introduction. also, listening to music with headphones can also calm you down. the fact is, plane travel can actually be quite relaxing (and the views spectacular), if you are able to allow yourself to enjoy it.

At February 07, 2006 2:03 PM, Blogger Mindy said...

I also have a horrible fear of flying. Becaus eof it, dh goes to E"Y himself and cannot convince me to go to miami. sigh.

At February 07, 2006 4:21 PM, Blogger JK from KJ said...

Sheitel, it is kind of you to keep us updated.

From what you describe, I gather that you are experiencing a light version of claustrophobia. I’m sure you know that claustrophobia is a “fear of being closed in a confined space” especially in an aircraft.

You are not alone!

I haven’t seen any statistics on the phobia, but even if it’s disturbing only 2% of travelers still the perfect candidate would be one with an IQ found only in 2% of the population. lol

BTW, I’m also a bit claustrophobic ---- when soaring in the blogsphere. (chuckle)

Return safely.

At February 07, 2006 5:50 PM, Blogger Shtreimel said...

"my suicidal tendencies"

Are you kidding? Who's going to defend the Chosen and rechosen souls? Can't just leave the blogsphere to us unchosen ones.

At February 07, 2006 6:53 PM, Blogger InterestedJew said...

who here believes that sheitel is more unchosen than chosen? raise your hands!

At February 08, 2006 7:02 AM, Blogger exsemgirl said...

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At February 08, 2006 7:04 AM, Blogger exsemgirl said...

I fly pretty often yet each time before take off I wonder who I should call or SMS and what if I never returned what would happen. I don't get nervous but for some reason the thoughts of, "what if this was it?" cross my mind.
Strange. But common it seems....

Good luck for your trip home and enjoy your break!

At February 09, 2006 11:02 AM, Blogger Begreatfull said...

I usualy get uneasy when the plane is about to take off or when its about to land,
I think for me its like Interestedjew: said I don't know how to fly a plane (Yet) ;-) If something goes wrong I can't help the poilet, I don't have control over the situation like driving a car I know I can maybe do something if something should go wrong.
But in any case Sheitel have a wonderful time on your vacation,
Say A kapital tehilim & tfilas Aderech on the plane, It will calm you down.
be safe and get back safely..

At February 09, 2006 12:14 PM, Blogger InterestedJew said...

i for one cannot wait to see begreatfull in the pilot's seat! that's a flight we will all take! rock on!

At February 09, 2006 12:29 PM, Blogger Totally Content said...

Thank you all for you kind remarks. Actually I don't believe that it is fear of losing control, nor is it any form of claustrophobia. I don't really have any issues with either of those. I've heard it described as 'aviatophobia' - which is simply a fear of flying. It's take-off, being in the air, turbulence, occasional lack of oxygen, as well as the landing. Rationale would suggest it unwarranted, but it's there nonetheless.

The fear is back, since the return trip is just a few short hours away. Begreatfull, the Tefillos Haderech reminder is a good one, but not something I really needed to be reminded of. I can't recall any prayers that I have said with such sincerity.

See y'all soon. I hope.

At February 09, 2006 1:12 PM, Blogger serene said...

Well Well Well!!!!!!!
Look what I just discovered! A someone from Williamsburg! OMG, do you REALLY live in Williamsburg? I didn't even get to read your blog yet, I will do so soon, but first I must tell you how excited I was to find a fellow from my hometown!!!!!!!

At February 09, 2006 3:22 PM, Blogger cafe_28 said...

Serene, why so calm? Living in Williamsburg makes you calm? Why the blogger name?

After you read this blog, I wonder what you will think of all this. This blog is different; Sheitel is not your typical Willi type. So check this out, and let's hear what you have to say.

At February 09, 2006 3:24 PM, Blogger serene said...

Cafe - I have no time to read everything yet, but as soon as I will, I will comment on what I have to say to it.
(Any willi woman with a blog is not a typical willi woman.... so there you go!)

At February 09, 2006 8:01 PM, Blogger Begreatfull said...


I know I probably didn't have to remind you about Tifilas Haderech, but do you know if there is a different prayer for flying? I'll give you the answer latter ;-) have fun

At February 09, 2006 8:14 PM, Blogger Begreatfull said...


When I get my piolet license I will invite you I Promise, I'm thinking of getting my own private jet like the one in the movie "soul plane" But instead of snoop dogg will have Yankel miller, Lipa shmeltzer, for Entertainment, Maybe even a rebetzin giving a shiur about Loshan horah.

At February 10, 2006 12:50 AM, Blogger InterestedJew said...

BG: Heh heh heh. Will you also have a mechitza down the center of the plane, like the Monsey bus? I hope you will also serve cholent!

At February 10, 2006 1:43 AM, Blogger Begreatfull said...


I don't think I want to have a mechitza, It happens to be I use to ride those buses with the mechitzas, I think its worse having a mechitza on a bus than not, you don't see who you keep bumping into on the bus, frankly I think its less proper when the men keep bumping up against the woman, you can't see when someone is walking up on the other side, I think its totally unproper to have a mechitza, about the cholent good idea, but If I serve cholent I might have to lower the oxgen masks frequently ;-)

At February 10, 2006 11:43 AM, Blogger וואלווי said...

did you see what that bochur writes?

At February 10, 2006 1:56 PM, Blogger InterestedJew said...

BG: LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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