Rough Flight

Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
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Trip End Sep 21, 2007


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Friday, September 7, 2007

At age 18 I first jumped out of a perfectly good airplane....
Tonight I found out why!

Packing to the trip was difficult with two kids, our daughter kept taking things out every time we turned away, but we finally managed to leave, get some pizza and on our way to the Newark airport for our 22:50 flight.

We got to the airport, my parents who are on the same flight had my sister and my mother's cousin bring them to the airport, so one of them would ride back in our car. 
Should we brink the child seat?
I said no, my wife said yes.
"But honey, we are renting one ... so we'll rent two ... no big deal".

<RANT>
How come a child seat is an "option" in countries where it is mandatory?
It's not "optional" if it's the law
</RANT>

We got through several levels of security pretty quickly, of course managing to get harassed by the TSA.   We actually felt bad for them, trying to enforce idiotic rules to people who know they are idiotic while pretending to protect us from some government imagined "boogey men", but the fact that you have the federal authority to harass people doesn't mean you should.  

We try to make sure our daughter stayed up hoping she would sleep through the flight; however she got more and more excited as the time to get on the plane got closer.    Luckily for us, we found out this was a "kids flight" since many children were on board, all over the age spectrum.  Our daughter found a friend very quickly, and they played a bit together.

When we finally got in, we found out we are not sitting together, a couple (who happen to be Bella's friend's parents) had reserved the front seats four months before us, so one of us had to sit in the front with the baby, and the second behind them with our daughter and an un-lucky passenger (who didn't want to exchange seats even though the baby slept through most of the flight). 

Bella drove us nuts!  She was not being bad, just awake and excited, always wanting to run around, or jump.  At 02:00 she had enough and asked to get off and go home ... at that point we wanted that as well, however around 02:30 she fell asleep through most of the flight.  By that time we weren't on speaking terms anymore ("I'm never doing this again!"), but we rarely speak at 3 AM anyway.

Jake, however, stayed asleep for a long time, could have been the humming on the plane, but we only wish he slept like that at  home.  He woke up for two reasons only, eat and poop ... who said life isn't good?
The 777 has a changing table in the bathroom, it's small, confine and not very comfortable but it's better then changing the baby on the seats, floor or bassinet.

Finally, after ten and a half hours, half of them rough, we landed in Israel.
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