Saturday, September 5, 2009

Yearning To Fly First Class: A Nevin Barich Blog Experience

The first time I was ever on an airplane, I was 6 years old. I remember the seats being comfy, having plenty of leg room and even getting an in-flight meal of hot dogs and potato chips.

Plus, I was given heaping glasses of orange juice. :-)

And that was the first and only time I have ever flown first class.

First class. We all have to walk through it every time we shuffle down to coach. First class. With its comfy leather seats. First class. Where the patrons get complimentary glasses of orange juice and champagne prior to takeoff.

First class.

No charge for the in-flight movie here.

Last night my wife Ramona and I took a red eye from Maui to Los Angeles, heading home after our honeymoon. And as we walked through first class into our cramped seats in coach, I found myself thinking the same things I always think about when I go through first class.

I found myself thinking how spoiled the folks in first class must be. I found myself thinking how these people don't know what it's like to suffer through bad food (which you have to pay for) and TVs that don't work half of the time. I found myself thinking how much I hate these people for their obvious wealth.

Man, do I want to be one of them!!

Let's face it: We all yearn to be among the pompous first class elite. We want to be spoiled, pampered, drink orange juice in fancy glasses like there's no tomorrow. We don't think that flying coach shows us that we're real people. And even if we did, who the %$#%& wants to be real?!?! Real is cramped, with screaming babies and lavatories that you have to share with 150 people. Real sucks.

And so, one day I vow to be fake. One day I vow to return to the world of make-believe. One day I vow to sit in first class, drink my OJ, enjoy my leg room, use my lavatory that I only have to share with 20 people, get my free in-flight movie, and...


Insist on a special dietary meal of hot dogs and potato chips.

First class.

Where dreams happen.


And now for this week's:


What's the deal with college football having teams do a pregame handshake? Postgame is one thing: The game is over, the battle has been won or lost, there's little more to do than to say "good game." But before the game? Why don't you just have soldiers of war shake hands before they shoot each other?

Hey Iraqi soldier, I'm going to do my very best to blow your brains out. But before I do, let's shake hands.

It makes no sense.


Amber said...

First class pro tip: Virgin America Airways. Grab a mid-week flight to/from San Francisco, or another reasonably close locale, and you can fly first class for less than $400 round trip. I book my boss on there all the time, and she LOVES it. Plus, free Wi-Fi.

Carlos said...


You know what, the important thing is that Ramona and you had an awesome time together in Hawaii! :)

Besides, to make a plane trip so pimp would be to go on a private jet.... Oh yeah!!!!

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