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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Random things I've been thinking about this morning...

1. I am going to admit something that may be offensive to you. I admitted it to a colleague that was sharing this flight and he gasped when I told him. As we walked to the plane to board, a young female pilot was waving to the passengers cheerfully. My immediate reaction was; hmm I wish the pilot was an experienced grey haired man. I know I know I know save the shame on you's...I am fearful of flying and that was my thought. O.K. My colleague rightfully admonished me; a guy could never admit such a thought without having something ripped out. I am wrong I am a hypocrite, I am a woman working in a male dominated field, so shame on me. It was my thought and I admitted it and I am still thinking about it.

2. The toe on my right foot clicks when I walk. I think it is the joint in the middle of it, to be more specific. It does not hurt at all. It simply makes this noise. Which I found rather amusing until we moved to this house, full of hard wood and high ceilings. And then had a baby. Tipitoeing is impossible for me; in fact, when I do this, the noise is even louder. I woke the babe this morning with my freaking cracking toe.

3. While I was away, Mr. C set the cordless phone on the top of the car while he was strapping the boys inot their car seats. He forgot it was there and drove off, Bye bye telephone. We plugged in an old phone with the cord. I didn't make it to a single call yesterday. So last night I bought a sinfully expensive telephone that has way too many bells and whistles. Turns out it really does, because it rings to the William Tell overture (no, that was not funny, Mr. C) and I don't know how to turn it off.

So those are the random things on my mind this morning. I am taking the babe to my parents for an hour this afternoon while I attend to a meeting (this should be worth a week's full of annoyance) and a Red Cross training course this evening. A full day. And I can barely string two thoughts together.

  1. Blogger angel, jr. said:

    How funny, he drove off with the phone on the car. Very Mr. Mom-like.
    I really feel that women can do anything that a man can, except for peeing standing up.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Fear of flying does not really make for rational thinking, so of course you may be excused :) Look at it this way though, she IS a woman in a male dominated field and so probably had to be twice as good to get to where she is, AND will be sharper than the experienced grey haired, to whom flying is old hat. Oh, and you made it all in one piece ;)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I absolutely know that she was perfectly qualified and women of course can do everything men can. I am only referring to an irrational moment that I had.

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    It's perfectly normal to have a thought. I drive tractor trailers and before that I drove for a major bus line, I hate it when they sent a guy with me to help out. Why? Because after 25 years of behind the wheel (men) ahem always think the person in the passenger seat is the trainer, grrrr! Have a GREAT DAY!

  1. Blogger Marel Lecone said:

    Waking the baby up with your toes--now, that is tough. How do you repair that situation? :) I guess--at least, it doesn't hurt.

    I also wanted to say that I love the color combinations on your site--really nice. :)

    Have a good day. I hope it all works out smoothly for you. :)

  1. Blogger Dirk the Feeble said:

    If your toe cracks so loudly that people wake up when you walk by . . . maybe you should have that looked at or something. I'm no doctor, but that doesn't sound terribly normal to me.

  1. Blogger momyblogR said:

    Hey Girl. Don't worry about having that thought. The piloting of a plane doesn't bother me so much. What does is, if I call a cop because I'm in trouble or need help, I DO NOT want some chick who is 5'2" and 92 pounds soaken wet. I want some bull showing up who can kick some ASS! lol

    Can't help you on the toe thing. I have an ankle that does the same thing.

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    1. I have the same offensive thought when I see a female fireman and I tick off all my friends when I talk about it and it bothers the heck out of me. I have a similar shameful reaction when I see a female tv sports reporter. It's a weird knee-jerk reaction. Pitiful--but I'm right there with you.

    2. You must get someone to look at that toe. That's weird.

    3. Phone flew off the car? Good thing it wasn't a pile of cash. Or the baby (ever see "Raising Arizona?").

    The William Tell overture makes my heart race and makes me feel like the whole world sped up tenfold. If it was my ringer I think it would leave me very, very high strung and totally mentally exhausted!! Grab that instruction manual!

  1. Blogger vani said:

    ohhh, sorry about the toe thing. my first reaction was to laugh cuz i thought it would lead up to a funny story, but i see that's not the case. hey, at least it doesn't hurt! :)

  1. Blogger Tee said:

    I think everyone has these thoughts - even in passing. We just don't admit them because it isn't PC. It wasn't really wrong to think it. It would have been wrong to demand another pilot.

    As for your toe - I can crack mine if I want to - all of them - but they don't do it on their own.

    Too funny about the phone!

  1. Blogger Scholiast said:

    I'm a lot worse than you if it's of any help - I (gently..) curse female drivers that won't let me overtake them, for instance...

    And I love to play helpless to let overprotective men help - with anything, really, especially car things, that I find incredibly boring.

    Sorry, I guess I'm a very lazy male chauvinist pig ;)

    I did see Raising Arizona... Sorry about the phone!

  1. Blogger fb said:

    I get that thought running through my head when I go to the hospital now. I want to ask for an older doctor...since I'm now older than some of the doctors.

    I want a doctor who is older than me but not old enough to be retiring tomorrow...

  1. Blogger Romani Heart said:

    I'm stuck on the toe thing.. that's beautifully odd lol.

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    i agree with Stephanie, you can't be rational in situations of fear. This is when you need all your stereotypes and reassurance. But next time your mind will not react in the same way again because you have got out of this perfectly all right. So now you know, young women can be as safe as middle aged men.
    Once i left a big bowl of food my mum had given me on the top of the car. It came home ok but slightly cold.

  1. Blogger No_Newz said:

    How much did you razz the old man for that one? ;)
    Sorry about your cracky toe waking up the little one. Thicker socks. ;)
    I also would want an old bag as a pilot too. LOL!
    Lois Lane

  1. Blogger Nancy said:

    On commercial flights we rarely see the pilot, let alone a woman. However, I know I am a better driver than most men! There I said it! LOL...So, I think a woman would be more conscientious naturally behind the dash of an airplane.

    The phone on the roof of the car is funny. Usually it is coffee huh?

    As for the toe, eventually all noises, when heard enough, become white noise! Like in the city it is sirens. In the country it is crickets or frogs. At your house, it is your toe! You might want to have that looked at though. Glad it doesn't hurt.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Thanks for the kind words; but you really should have scolded me, given that you are a female truck driver!

    Thanks for the compliment! I like them too (for now, anyway). I didn't take the babe to the parents, so all is calm.

    But it doesn't hurt; maybe I could get on Letterman.

    I agree; I would feel the same way. Your ankle; now that sounds painful.

    I haven't seen Raising Arizona, but now I must! Thanks for understanding the female thing; we are so bad.

    It is funny. Or gross, maybe.

    You can crack them at will? You should be on Letterman. I couldn;t decide if I thought the phone thing was funny or annoying; that little mistake set us back a hundred.

    Yes, I share your feelings (usually secretly). 2 votes for Raising Arizona; I really must see this movie!

    I am the same about doctors; or at least was until my husband's life was saved my a brand new female doctor in the ER.

    "beautifully odd" you're sweet. That's one way of putting it. Grotesquely disgusting is another:)

    You are so sweet to say this, and I really hope those thoughts creep into my head less and less as I progress! The bowl of food was still there when you got home?! The sday thing is, this is the second time Mr. C has set something on the roof and left t=it there to get blown off. He set a book on the roof a few months ago and then spent the good aprt of a Saturday retracing the path he'd driven searching for it! Stop setting things on the roof of the car, Mr. C!!!

    I wish I could have razzed him more, but he'd just taken vacation time to take care of a 4 year old and 5 month old while I went travelling across the country. SO really, what could I say!:)

    I thought the same afterwards about the female pilot. How many flights have I taken and not seen the pilot..this one I just happened to walk past her window! The toe is fine, really, just freakish! Oddly enough, Mr. C has never left coffee there; a book once, and now this.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    I admit, i'd be having the same thoughts. I remember thinking, 'hmmm, that pilot is awfully goodlooking, surely he can't fly a plane too"!!
    Btw, it could be worse, you could be dropping the kids off at my mothers!!!

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Cath, No big wup..Even though a good friend of mine is a female pilot for Air Canada..LOL ;)

    There are times she makes the announcment at the end of the flight and she tells me how she can hear gasps and little applauds from passengers..When they see her walk out people are shocked.

    Now about yout toe..I agree .Maybe u should see a DR about that.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I am kind of surprised by how many people have had similar thoughts.
    I didn't take the babe to the parents; too much stress (and your mum, we could play whose is worse!?)

    Apologies to your friend! Do you get free flights? The two is really nothing. I have had the click forever; it's just the odd noise it makes, it has never hurt. It only happens when I am in bare feet and walking on a hard floor.

  1. Blogger Jase said:

    Hi Cathy,
    I have a similar confession to make. I am often stuck on a plane sat next to grey haired old men thinking to myself "I wish you were a young female passenger".

    On the toe front have you tried thick, socks, boots and galoshes for the silencing effect?

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I agree; one always hopes to sit nest to a beautiful young person on a flight.

    And slippers would do the trick, but I like walking around barefoot. Even in the dead of winter. I have this thing with being barefoot. I'll try the galoshes tomorrow:)

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    Gotta say I am all for women...Just think we work harder at things we do to compensate all the sterotypes out there. But just like anything there are absolutely wonderful men workers and then there are some fabulous women workers. It is whoever has the passion.

    The roof of cars are just the worst for losing things. I have seen more people leaving the sudivision with items wobbling on top.

    Tell him to make sure he doesn't do that with your lovely, expensive Christmas present.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Good Morning Connie and Rob!
    What a happy photo you have:)
    You are right of course about men and women working with a passion; gender is neither here nor there. Sometimes I have irrational thoughts (like everyone at one moment or another, I suppose). And it could have been much worse, a telephone, really who cares; my diamonds for Christmas (ha:), now that would have been a tragedy.

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