THE MAINTENANCE CALL HEARD ROUND THE WORLD…

We recently traveled to Los Angeles, CA. for my barrelassin’ daughter’s seventeenth birthday. That’s a long way from Tennessee, especially when two out of five people in your group leave behind anything resembling a bathing suit for beach day. We make a fantastic mother daughter duo!

Naturally, we had to go shopping for swimsuits. Swimsuits that we could only use to sit in sand and take silly photos with because the water was a little too cold for our liking. It could have been worse, though. We could have had to purchase a blanket on the pier because we left our beach towels behind as well, along with our favorite sunhats. Oh, wait, We did that, too!

Did we have enough sense to buy a beach umbrella to lay under and relax while we gazed at the ocean? Of course we did! We spent twenty five beach minutes picking out that twenty five dollar umbrella. We opened that thing up like we knew exactly what we were doing and stuck it in the sand.That was mere seconds before a large gust of wind came along and sent me running to catch it as it turned itself inside out and nearly pulled me off the ground. This was not what I had in mind when I said I wanted to go parasailing, but whatever works I guess. That was officially the only use we got out of the umbrella before we packed it neatly back into its packaging. We bought two sunhats to go with our beach blanket and umbrella and couldn’t use those either for more than two minutes. Those blew off of our heads every single time we put them on. Whatever, that’s plenty of time to take a few pictures.

Santa Monica Beach and Pier with Barrelassin’ Momma!

During this trip, I found myself in need of a very specific bra to wear with a specific dress, so I bought it. Unfortunately, during the purchasing process. the sales associate had to go price check another item and in turn, I bought the bra with the deactivated theft proof plastic thing a ma jiggy still on it and spent days trying to pry it off to no avail. I tried every MacGyver trick that I could think of and I had simply had enough. I was wearing that dress come hell or high water, so I pranced myself right down to guest services at our hotel and requested maintenance and tools to settle this problem once and for all. And by “settle this problem” I mean that maintenance accompanied me back to our room where we all stood  around slightly embarrassed watching a maintenance man remove that thing a ma jiggy, setting the imprisoned bra free from it’s tiny handcuffs. I’ve called maintenance a lot of times over the years but, that’s definitely the first time I’ve ever had to call them to come and fix my bra.

 
And I wore that dress with that bra like nobody’s business!

If you think it can’t get any worse… hang in there. I flew from California to Atlanta and went swiftly into another hotel room to rest my weary head a bit before the drive home the next morning, only to wake the next morning with missing luggage. I was baffled. All five of us recalled it coming off the hotel shuttle and even off the elevator. So where was it? Luggage thieves in the night? Not likely. A quick call to the front desk and they got right on it. They soon called me back to let me know I had left my luggage outside of my room in the hallway all night long and security had rescued it and it was currently residing downstairs in luggage prison.

Enjoy, Barrelassers 😉

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THAT SH*&%! WON’T FLY AROUND HERE!

I just read an article, or actually a blog post about proper airplane attire and it got me thinking…I realize that a long time ago people dressed up to get on a plane. This was also  a time when people dressed up to go to the gas station, but that’s beside the point. And even though I’ve never been on a plane, I do still think people should, at the very least, dress casual and decent. I don’t know why I have that opinion, but I do. It’s based on absolutely nothing and no previous experience at all. That being said, I noticed a reoccurring position seemed to be held by a lot of the people commenting on the post. Aside from the ones who declared comfort is the most important thing, there seemed to be many who scoffed at the idea of comfort on a plane, and firmly expressed their opinion on the air-traveler’s attire.

The word “professional” was used an awful lot. “People should look professional when flying on a plane”  some demanded. “I always dress like a professional when traveling by plane!” said a few more. So while it left me questioning the proper airplane attire, I was left with what I believe is a much more appropriate question. Professional what? Why is it important to look professional on an airplane, and does this even make any sense? Should your chosen outfit for the flight be based on your actual profession? I mean if we’re trying to be professional here, should Joe Blow from McDonalds wear his McDonalds’ uniform? Should a Yoga Instructor wear their Yoga clothes? If you work in maintenance, should you wear a maintenance uniform, complete with name badge and a ring of keys clipped to your belt loop?

I suppose people with desk jobs, or any profession that requires a dress or suit and tie would look pretentious and they would scoff and look down their noses at the other passengers- or wait, that’s what First Class is for, right?

All I can say is, should the need arise for you to fly from one place to another, Heaven help you if you’re a hooker!

Sooooo. DO or DO NOT wear this on a plane? 😉

Enjoy, Barrelassers 🙂