My “Interesting” Voyage to Sacramento

So I had an experience on my flight today I won’t soon forget. But let’s rewind a bit.

Yesterday’s 6:15am wakeup call was a little painful (mostly because I stayed up way too late watching Lost), but I pulled myself together and got out the door for the 7am cab to the airport. I ended up bringing oatmeal with me for breakfast and just asked for hot water from the place where I got my coffee and some fruit to supplement it, and it worked out great.

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The oatmeal itself was just OK – I much prefer my regular steel cut oats, but this worked out in a pinch (and was much cheaper/healthier than the breakfast options at the airport).

Fun fact about me: I always request window seats on planes because I tend to sleep really easily and like to lean again the window if there isn’t a headrest. I got into my seat and was a pretty happy camper.

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This usually works out nicely, except after drinking the coffee and water pictured above, I inevitably had to use the restroom at some point during the four hour flight.

The man seated next to me in the middle seat was a bit older and didn’t seem to speak English too well. So, when I asked him if I could get up, he just pushed his legs slightly to the side so I had to literally climb over him to get out. Slightly awkward, but ok.

After I got back to my seat and climbed back over him again, some time passed before the man put his head up against the seat in front of him. I wasn’t quite sure what was going on, but the guy seated in the aisle seat next to him got a horrified look on his face. He grabbed a barf bag to hand to the older man and while he took it, he didn’t even attempt to use it and proceeded to start vomiting DIRECTLY onto the floor and seat of the plane right next to me!

I jumped up on my seat with both my feet and started freaking out a bit from the smell/sound, as the guy continued to barf all over the floor and his seat. He refused to get up, so I had to climb out behind him to get away, despite the offers from the people in the row behind us for me to jump over the back of my seat. Ha.

I mean no one wants to throw up on a plane, so I felt bad for the guy, but come on. At least TRY to use a barf bag! Yuck.

The flight attendants were very accommodating and moved both me and the guy in the aisle into exit row seats, which was nice. Even though it was a center seat, I had much more leg room and no one throwing up on me. Win-win.

So that was fun.

Luckily, the second leg of my flight was a lot less eventful no one was even in the middle seat of my row. I slept almost the entire 2 hours of the flight, so it flew by. Pun intended.

In the end, it was all worth it because Sacramento is GORGEOUS.

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It was 74, sunny, and clear when I arrived; a 180 from the weather in DC! The hotel I’m staying at is almost like a campus and there’s even a pond with a fountain in the middle of it.

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The rooms themselves are quite spacious and have a sleep number beds. I’m still working on figuring out my number, but tonight is my last night to experiment since I head to San Francisco after the course tomorrow!

This is only my second time ever in California, and my first time in Sacramento. Both time I’ve come here the weather wins me over and makes me not want to go back to DC!

Do you prefer window or aisle seats? Why? (Or center, but then you’re just strange. Winking smile)



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39 Comments on My “Interesting” Voyage to Sacramento

  1. Glenneth
    November 3, 2011 at 8:50 am (3 years ago)

    I prefer an aisle seat because I get up and down a lot. Must stretch my legs. But if there are 3 seats and I am with my hubby, I will sit in the center and let him have the aisle.

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  2. Laura @ A Lighter Laura
    November 3, 2011 at 8:58 am (3 years ago)

    That sounds awful! You’re such a good sport, I would have started vomiting right along with him from the sight/smell.

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  3. Ashley @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    November 3, 2011 at 8:59 am (3 years ago)

    yuck! So gross. I don’t understand why the man didn’t want to use a bag or something. The poor stewardess who had to clean it up. Bad way to start the day!

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  4. Kim
    November 3, 2011 at 9:26 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my gosh..that’s horrible! I can’t even imagine. I usually prefer an aisle seat, so there’s a little bit more room and you don’t have to get by anyone if you need to go to the bathroom. Have a great trip!

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  5. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    November 3, 2011 at 9:30 am (3 years ago)

    Beth that is so gross! I’m glad they moved you!

    I prefer the aisle seat because I like to be able to go to the bathroom without climbing over people + being by the window sometimes makes me feel sick.

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  6. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    November 3, 2011 at 9:39 am (3 years ago)

    I prefer the window seats, too. I hate sitting in the aisle and having people constantly passing by. I’m such a princess. :p

    But um- gross! It’s always a joke with the barf bag and people getting air sick, but I’m yet to ever experience it (thank goodness).

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  7. Theresa @ActiveEggplant
    November 3, 2011 at 9:43 am (3 years ago)

    I was *just* talking to coworkers about how badly I want a sleep number bed – I must find a hotel with them and start staying there!

    I’m a window seater as well – sure, I can’t throw my leg out into the aisle for extra room, but I love leaning my head against the wall/window when I sleep!

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  8. Katy Widrick
    November 3, 2011 at 9:47 am (3 years ago)

    That.is.awful.

    UGH!!!!! How many times did you shower after getting off that flight?

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  9. Alli @ alli learns life
    November 3, 2011 at 10:06 am (3 years ago)

    that sounds like the worst flight ever!

    I’m a big fan of the aisle. I get a lil claustrophic in the window & center seats. Love the extra space & the freedom to get up whenever I want.

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  10. Kristie
    November 3, 2011 at 11:11 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve always been an aisle person, but I was recently forced into a window seat and loved it for the ability to sleep better. That being said… after hearing your story, I think I’ll stick with the aisle!

    Isn’t Sacramento wonderful?! I have family there, plus my daughter just transferred to UC Davis, so I spend quite a bit of time in the area. Enjoy!

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  11. Stephanie
    November 3, 2011 at 11:15 am (3 years ago)

    Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew. EW.

    I would have jumped over my seat to the row behind me. Some one threw up during a flight I was on before and the smell never went away. It was awful and I don’t know how you stayed so calm. Props to you.

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  12. Amanda @ Running On Waffles
    November 3, 2011 at 11:16 am (3 years ago)

    OMG That is absolutely the worst travel horror story I have ever heard!!! I would have FREAKED out if that had happened to me! I guess you know why he wasn’t really moving to let you out to pee. Yikes! I hope your return flight is much less eventful.

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  13. Jamie
    November 3, 2011 at 11:21 am (3 years ago)

    I have been watching Lost through Netflix too- OMG how did I miss this when it was on? I am almost glad I waited though it is nice to have no commercials and be able to watch another one if the cliffhanger is too crazy.

    On another note, I re-joined WW (again)- made me think of you, weird? I hope I can finally get down to my goal weight and actually stay there. I have made it within a pound or two in the past but then regained 12 of them living with my fiancee. He claims it is all muscle… HA!

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  14. Lisa
    November 3, 2011 at 11:56 am (3 years ago)

    Ugh! What an ass! He should have gotten up and gone to the bathroom. Oh my god. I’d panic too.

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  15. Heather
    November 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm (3 years ago)

    OMG! That is crazy! I would have died, can’t handle other peoPle’s vomit, ugh!

    I always prefer an aisle. I need to stretch my legs and it feels less claustrophobic.

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  16. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    November 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm (3 years ago)

    I prefer window seats too!
    That sounds like such a terrible flight! Though once, I have to confess, I was the in flight puker. I was flight to CA and was in a window seat when I suddenly got overwhelmingly nauseous, which is weird because the flight wasn’t turbulent and I normally fly just fine. I jumped up to try to run to the bathroom and the guy next to me like wouldn’t move. I kept saying I need to get out of here right now, I’m going to be sick and he just stared at me. And there were no barf bags! I ended up grabbing the blanket out of this mans lap and fashioning my own barf bag. It was terrible. I was so embarrassed! But he wouldn’t move so I feel like it’s really not my fault :P The flight attendants were so nice though. They moved a few people around and got me my own row so I could lay down. Frontier airlines is really good – or at least they were a few years ago.

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  17. Carolyn @ AdMEYERing Life
    November 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm (3 years ago)

    EWWW!! Disgusting! I guess maybe he didn’t know what he was supposed to do with the barf bag (guessing from the fact that he didn’t speak English well). I once had a guy across the aisle who was actually using the barf bag and I thought THAT was disgusting! Sorry for such a horrible trip.

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  18. Maria
    November 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Window, all the way! For the exact same reasons you prefer it. And ‘ew’ to your story, bleck! I was cringing and putting my legs up in my seat just reading about it. Hopefully your return trip won’t be as eventful.

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  19. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair
    November 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm (3 years ago)

    I prefer the aisle seat, I hate the feeling of being closed in! But I do like looking out the window.

    That sounds AWFUL! I would have freaked out too, or barfed myself. Glad they gave you a new seat!!

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  20. Chetney
    November 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm (3 years ago)

    EWWWW! Man I hope you don’t get sick! Vomitrocious!

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  21. Elizabeth
    November 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm (3 years ago)

    I used to love the window seat, but it’s such a pain in the rear to use the restroom, especially if the stranger next to you is sleeping. I’m flying to NYC tomorrow (7 hr flight) and I opted for the asile seat to avoid this problem.

    Don’t let the weather in Sacramento fool you. I lived in Sacramento and Davis (about 15 miles west of Sacramento) for four years and summers are brutal. :) Of course, I was a broke college student with minimal access to air conditioning. I’m jealous that you’re there now though. I really miss living there!

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  22. Hilary
    November 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow…that is QUITE the story! I am sorry to hear about it, but at the same time, it’s kinda funny. Glad what met you at the other end was so nice. :) I like window seats, but I do tend to have to pee at least one time on most flights, so they can be inconvenient. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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  23. Jenny
    November 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh. My. Gosh. Gross!

    Ok, well I don’t fly very often, but I prefer the window. I have a personal space issue, so I try to scoot as close to the window and as far away from the person next to me as possible. The isle sucks (to me) because people getting up and down and the flight attendants with the carts and what not.

    Of course I’ve never been on a big plane, just the ones with two or three seats on each side, none in the middle. And a puddle jumper that sat, oh, 12 people? Oh, and the plane I went skydiving out of that barely fit three people plus the pilot, with out seats for the “passengers”.

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  24. Lisa
    November 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm (3 years ago)

    If I’m flying across the country, I prefer an aisle seat so that I don’t have to worry about climbing over someone to go to the bathroom or stretch my legs. For a 2 hour or less flight, I’m not picky.
    I’m glad that your flight was not full so you could move seats! Disgusting! I don’t blame you for jumping up on your seat! Hopefully you didn’t have anything stored under the seat in front of you.

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  25. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    November 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm (3 years ago)

    I usually do aisle seats so I can get in and out easier. Ick on the vomit dude. But you’re right htat it was worth it to get to Sacramento. Looks gorgeous!

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  26. Ginny
    November 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm (3 years ago)

    That’s my hometown! I know exactly which hotel you’re staying in – I had homecoming and prom there! Make sure to check out the bars and restaurants downtown. There’s this cute restaurant called cafeteria you should go to. Or grab some mexican food. I miss west coast mexican food, especially in LA. It’s funny we’ve switched lives for the weekend, I’ve moved to DC and I’m at GWU for grad school!

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  27. Ginny
    November 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Also fun story – I once lived in africa and was travelling by bus to another town. The woman next to me threw up on herself and ME in the middle of the 10 hour bus ride. They wouldn’t let me roll the windows down. And you can bet there wasn’t anything around to help clean us up.

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  28. Aly
    November 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Enjoy our beautiful northern California. Too bad it just started raining in SF :(

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  29. Jolene (Homespun Heritage)
    November 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m the odd one out, I’ve never flown commercial, only in a small puddle jumper plane when I was just a little bit. I’m heading to China at some point in the next few months so we’ll see how I do on that ~Long~ flight!

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  30. Roz
    November 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm (3 years ago)

    OMG…that poor guy. And poor you. Thank goodness there were seats to move you to. I prefer window seats. If I fly during the day I like watching the ground below (either before we are in clouds, or all the way if it’s clear). Have a great time!

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  31. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    November 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my gosh- that is quite a story!! You poor thing! Hopefully it’s all just gotten better since you got off the plane, and your flight back will be a lot less “eventful!”
    I prefer the aisle seat, because I never sleep on planes and always have to get up at least once to use the bathroom.
    I was next to a very mean, crotchety old man on my flight out to Seattle last July. It was on Southwest, where they bring a basket of snacks for you to choose one or two- I swear he took 20 bags and just put them all in his backpack. He also yelled at some innocent little kids and made them cry.

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  32. Sara
    November 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm (3 years ago)

    That story is HORRIFYING. Holy….I don’t even know.

    I switch my seat preference depending on how I’m traveling. If I’m with people I know, I prefer the window so I can lean against the wall of the plane and take photos out the window. But if I’m alone, I HAVE to have an aisle seat. It used to mostly be because of how overweight I was and a comfort issue, but now it’s a mixture of that (I’m a lot thinner, but my legs are still crazy long) and not wanting to feel “trapped”.

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  33. Lauren
    November 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh no, what an awful experience. Thankfully, I’ve never thrown up on a plane, nor have I ever seen anyone throw up on a plane but I think I would freak out all the same.

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  34. Harold Tracy
    November 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Aisle seat all the way! Long legs need some stretching!

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  35. cindylu
    November 3, 2011 at 8:39 pm (3 years ago)

    I think I’ve been to that hotel a few times for conferences in the area.

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  36. Brenda
    November 4, 2011 at 1:01 am (3 years ago)

    Wow!! Well, welcome to California! Too bad you’re not staying longer! There is so much to see and do! Enjoy your time here!

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  37. Ang
    November 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my! How awful about the guy getting sick beside you! I feel so, so nauseated when I see someone get sick. I do feel really bad for the guy though because what happened to him is basically my worst fear. No idea why he wouldn’t use the barf bag though. If I felt it coming I would have done whatever I could to minimize the damage and embarrassement!

    I too prefer a window seat. I really hate the middle seat.

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  38. Dee
    November 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I can’t believe you’re in my city (Sacramento) and that you called it Gorgeous! Wait til you get to San Francisco. I grew up near there (“on the Peninsula”), and so moving to Sacramento for my job has been the pits in comparison. But thanks for reminding me that Sac is still Cali and the weather is awesome compared to the East Coast! Have fun in the City by the Bay! You’ll love the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market, on Embarcadero, overlooking the Bay.

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  39. Bob
    March 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm (1 year ago)

    Glad you enjoyed our city…what hotel was that? I didn’t recognize it.

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