Stop Touching Me!

gold medallionI have told you many times that I am married to Mr. Diamond.  He takes great pride in his Delta Diamond status.  I am not sure if “I” think it is all that great because it takes him away from me too often but it is a part of his job and we are both very thankful for that.   So no complaints.   Plus sometimes it affords me some bonuses, too.

This past week he reached Diamond status again for the coming year.  One of  the things that he can do is “gift” a higher status to someone of his choosing.  Pick me!  Pick me!!!

I obviously jumped high enough and you may now refer to me as Goldie as he gifted me a jump up from my Silver status.  Silver does not get the traveler too much anymore but Gold—Gold is, shall we say, Golden.

One of the thrills of flying weekly is the continual source of seat mates and interesting stories.  You see over the years Chris has “inherited” my gift.  You know that gift I have of having total strangers tell me their life story?    Well I have gifted that to my dearly beloved and he quite often messages me from inflight telling me the tale of his latest seat mate.

Last week I thought he was going to burst a vein or something when he landed and told me about his seat mate.  Seems he was on one of those small planes where there is no first class.  So Mr. Diamond had to fly in steerage with the rest of the commoners.  (Like me.)   He is 6’2″ and those small planes have pretty small seats.  He was crammed in and his seat mate was as tall if not taller than he was.  2 over 6 foot business travelers at the end of the week crammed into a tiny space = discomfort.

My darling husband referred to his seat mate as Dick and he told me that Dick had stated “your leg is touching mine”.  Okayyyyy…… I personally like it when his leg touches mine but in this case I guess it was not acceptable so Chris took the high road (he was tired) and tried to contain his leg seepage.   He said that Dick was kind of a jerk about the whole thing and so he promptly put his headphones on, retracted what skin he could from the “neutral zone” and went to sleep.   But he was miffed.   Seriously.  It is hard to not lop over on some of those planes and it isn’t like he meant to do it.  Dick was just being…….well…..a jerk.

So now, of course, you know what the phrase in our house is.

Hopefully this week he will be back in first class and there won’t be any leg seepage next door.



  1. I’ve always felt that EVERY airline has limited leg room. I’m 5’10, and usually I don’t have too much a problem. But I flew Spirit Airlines once and was so cramped that my knees hurt once I landed. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not only be over 6 feet tall, but sitting next to someone who is ALSO that tall. Yikes.

    • Ouch! Have never flown Spirit but gee whiz–that sounds uncomfortable!! I think the seat mate had some issues, just saying. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. At first I thought this was going to be a story about kids fighting. Great head.

    Chris’ seat mate sounds like he needed a long nap.

  3. A good thing about being five feet tall is that I can stretch my legs out in coach. My husband loves chatting it up with his seatmates. I like being left alone, so I shut my eyes and immediately go to sleep.

  4. Airplane experiences are seldom good. 🙂
    I am quite an introvert and that may well be the reason I never got to learn about other people’s stories. But I would love to, if given a chance. 🙂

  5. Whoa, tad childish I would say. I mean, it happens, right? just smile and nod and don’t be a……jerk. I guess some people have issues with their personal space – but then they should probably stay clear of public transit.

  6. OhMyGosh I have never had anyBODY act like that on a plane! I don’t fly hardly at all but REALLY?

  7. Allison Spruill says:

    I’m sure Kevin would actually enjoy commenting on this one! I can’t believe someone who probably shares the inability to be contained in such a small space would complain to your husband! He should have said, “Maybe it is your leg that is touching mine!”

  8. “leg seepage” is just precious!

  9. elinwaldal says:

    Ha! Flying on those little planes feels akin to being a sardine, and I am 5’6″, can’t imagine the vertically gifted enjoying that at all!

  10. Allison Spruill > leg seepage

  11. cynthia warner says:

    Ok The Leg Seepage Kinda Creeps Me Out Little But It Sounds Like This Guy Had Other Issues. I Think Your Hubby Shoulda Winked At Him!

  12. Journey in plane can be such a plane, esp international – we spent like 16 hrs in air recently, Oh that was terrible!!

  13. Well for goodness sakes tell him to keep his eyes to himself or someone will accuse him of looking at them and your gold status could be at risk if he is labeled a menace.

  14. This just gives me more reason to iike driving over flying. I usually don’t travel far enough to require a plane trip but even still, I know that some flights are cramped.

    Dick was being a um…well, I’m sure you already know. The polite thing to do was to smile and let it go or, if he had a sense of humor, made a joke about the sardine can nature of the flight.

    • I can understand why you would rather drive. I usually don’t have much issue when I fly with “rude” folks but then I think I am pretty easy going and just let things go by without making too much of a fuss. Dick was named appropriately in this case. 🙂

  15. Oh, the problems we have. My last plane trip caused me to have an ear problem but it is fine now.

  16. Leg seepage, ha! 😀 Stories of our interactions with people along our normal paths are always so funny. 🙂 Loved this!

  17. I saw where they are planning to make the seats even more narrow than before. Crazy.

    • We got first class tonight coming back from Raleigh so we were happy as could be and Chris’s leg did not touch mine at all. Course I wouldn’t have a problem with that. 🙂

  18. Funny story!!

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