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Day 148: Something As Simple As a Reading Light

Day 148:  Barely slept a wink on the flight.

Day 148: Barely slept a wink on the flight.

It was a 14 hour flight from Sydney to Los Angeles, and Pat and I prepared ourselves for the trip on an airplane that would not have the personal TV’s, but still a reading light. Long-haul flights with the entertainment center in the back of the chair in front of you are standard on many airlines, but the one we chose — the same one my mom flew out to Australia on last year — does not have it. It was a 14 hour flight.

That’s okay, we prepared for this. We had books with us that we could completely involve ourselves in during the journey, which is good because I usually don’t dedicate my free time to reading books. It was perfect.

Pat and I settled into our front row, middle section seat — the one with just a bit more leg room and the big communal TV screen on the wall directly in front of us. We got our books out and settled in. We were heading to America, and nothing was going to dampen my spirits until then!

And that’s when the main flight attendant took to the intercom.

“Excuse me ladies and gentlemen. This announcement is for those sitting in rows 40 to 46 in the middle section of seats. We apologize in advance as the reading lights in these rows will not be working on this flight. It would cause a big delay to fix them here in Sydney, so they will have to wait until L.A.”

Hmm… yes… I was definitely in that row. So much for the reading heaps of good books plan to pass the time!

Well, the second option was to see what was going to be on the communal TV’s scattered throughout the airplane, so we put the headphones on and sat tight for the movie to play… but that began in French. It turns out they had to restart the whole video feature and it was another hour before anything actually played. It wasn’t that bad watching those since the big screen was right in front of us, but after a while, it stopped playing shows and just displayed the flight tracker status. It was so bright that my eyeballs hurt from the light and I couldn’t sleep when that was all I wanted.

It was a loooooong flight. Unfortunately there was no reading light for me on the journey, and I barely slept a wink, but we still made it to LAX in one piece — an arrival that has been 3 years in the making.

Hellooooooo America! The only thing left between us was customs and immigration, and that is another story.


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12 Responses to Day 148: Something As Simple As a Reading Light

  1. Adam @ SitDownDisco June 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    That sucks. Not having those seatback TVs on long flights is difficult! I even get tetchy on 8hour flights where I have to keep myself occupied. Always buy a stack of magazines and have no interest in reading them. Just want TV. 🙂

    • Brooke June 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      Same here man, same here!

  2. Adriana June 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Lets see how it feels there, now. Keep us updated 🙂

  3. Chris June 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    I recently flew South China Air from Korea down to Australia. The lack of those seat-back TVs (or any significant in flight entertainment at all) made the flight a whole lot less pleasant. Thank God I had my Kindle and a head lamp with me!

    • Brooke June 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

      I’m kicking myself for not having a head lamp!

  4. BLuegreen Kirk June 1, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    its just amazing on what something so simple can bring. Just being able to have that little reading light would have allowed you and Pat to be able to do something you enjoy and not have to focus on the long 14 hour flight.

    • Brooke June 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

      We made it at least 😉 It wasn’t easy!

  5. Tijmen June 2, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    That sucks having no movies to watch, I don’t even want to think about it sitting in a chair for so long with no entertainment at all. I can never sleep on airplanes, so that would make it for a really long and boring flight. I hope you did bring a mp3 player?

    • Brooke June 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      Funny about the mp3 player… no. 😉

  6. joshywashington June 2, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    Welcome back to the States! hooray for reading lights!!

    • Brooke June 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      Thank you! We’re loving the States so far!


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