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August 07, 2003
Magic Moment

Some classics of airport humor were posted yesterday at Indigo Insights [at Blogsnot, so the usual caveats about permalinks apply.] [Yes, yes, "classics of airport humor" - as if there were such a thing.] Here's my story:

I and a college classmate were on a flight into San Jose on Southwest for a job interview. As our plane was coming in for landing there was a really seriously heavy crosswind and turbulence. The plane was rocking back and forth and pitching rather violently -- we kinda wondered if we'd get leveled off for the landing, or if we'd end up as a red smear on the runway.

As they are wont to do, the Southwest stewardesses were cracking jokes over the intercom, calming some visibly fraying passenger nerves.

At very nearly the last second, the pilot leveled the wings, flared, and greased the landing. To this day, it's the smoothest landing I've ever experienced.

The cabin intercom clicked on, and the pilot let us know what he thought of his skills:

"Ta daaaaa!"
A bit of bragging? Yes, but you know the old saying, "It ain't bragging if you can really do it." I'm glad he could "really do it" - I'm reasonably sure that hearing a bit of bragging is better than being a red smear on the end of a runway.

Posted by Russ at 01:54 PM, August 7, 2003 in Miscellany

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A Classic! And I do believe the "ain't bragging" quote is from Dizzy Dean. Ask yo mama who he was! LOL

Posted by: Indigo at August 7, 2003 04:36 PM

Oh, I know quite well who Dizzy was :-)

Posted by: Russ at August 7, 2003 05:31 PM