shmirshky on the red eye - Ellen Dolgen

shmirshky on the red eye

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In the 70’s my work entailed lots of travel. I used to book a seat on the ”red eye” with the same  attitude as I did scheduling conference calls—just taking care of business. Channeling those years, I slipped into sweats and packed light to the airport to hop on a red eye—9PM Jet Blue (@jetblue are u listening? LOVE YA). How can you not love an airline that lists its crew members online, even if they do get a little excited sometimes! I was headed to from California to D.C. for a big event. My PM&M brain was excited—my PM&M body? Notsomuch.

After I settled into my roomy emergency exit row seat, I discreetly lathered on my hormone therapy (click click), took my vitamins, and crumpled my sweat suit jacket up into a ball for a pillow. Then I Gumby styled my body into what used to be my “red eye” sleep position when I was in my 20‘s.

I immediately fell asleep.  Then I heard it. It was loud. My neck was screaming!   I quickly rearranged my sweat suit. Surely this new position would work, right? The neck said no.  After the flight I wondered if a white neck brace was going to look good with my white dress. They sure don’t make sweat suits like they used to! Maybe I just need to put my PM&M body in one of these baby slings for the boomer set:

For more more good suggestions on red eye travel, check out Fodor’s (@Fodorstravel) and Concierge Questionnaire (@ConciergeQ). Sweet dreams!


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