Sunday, January 25, 2015
A Legacy of Humor
It's 0200 in NRT. Time for the gym! But before I go...
A certain 48-year F/A who is soon to be retired was reminiscing in the galley yesterday. She was working A-zone aisle on a 13+ hour IAH/NRT flight where a very driven businessman was having cappuccino after cappuccino. Preparing cappuccinos requires a trip to the B-zone galley (which is never conveniently vacant) and a time-consuming, labor-intensive process. So, she made them all doubles. The more she made, the more he wanted!
At about the 12-hour mark, it was time to offer the pre-arrival meal service. Our senior friend was offering coffee and tea from the 1st cart and fully expected to make yet another pilgrimage to B-zone to prepare at least one more cappuccino. When she arrived at the seat in question and asked, "Would you like coffee or tea?", she got a surprise:
"I'll have a decaf."
Before she could stop or filter herself, her jetlagged brain compelled her to reply with the most natural response imaginable...
"Are you shittin' me?"
At such a moment, there's no greater gift than a customer with a sense of humor. Fortunately, he had one.
We stand on the shoulders, and great stories, of those who came before us!