Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Rise and Shine

I never really noticed it before, but my house is directly under the flight path for incoming and outgoing planes of the nearby international airport. I’ve lived under this flight path for three years and the planes have never bothered me, I never really noticed them; until a couple a weeks ago.

Every morning, at about 6:20 a.m.—twenty-two minutes before my scheduled 6:42 a.m. wake up—I’m jolted from my state of comatose by what feels like a thirty ton meteor crashing into my house.


Everyday, as sure as shit, I find myself vaulting out of bed in sheer survival mode, as the sound barrier is broken above my house. Some days I know that earth-shattering sound for what it is: a plane crashing into my bedroom. Other mornings it’s a bomb, alien invasion or terrorists.


And, so my morning started today: in a state of pure panic, and that panic has somehow followed me into this evening. Mid-afternoon I developed a severe case of pneumonia and I hold that damn plane responsible.

3 comments:

Debaser said...

I used to live near the now-defunct Carswell Air Force Base.

It was SAC and the home to a fighter wing or two. B-52 bombers taking off anywhere near your home...now that's something. And the F-16's could get really loud, too.

Maybe that's why I have A/P? We should sue the aviation industry, Leila. I know lawyers. You know lawyers. Let's make it happen.

Leila V. said...

Now you're speaking my language. I could definitely use a good frivolous lawsuit. We can use our blogs as evidence of our pain and suffering.

Addie said...

Leila,
It's likely that they've started flying a different path, or a larger plane on that early flight path...not that you've never noticed before! That sucks, being jolted awake like that. We live in a small town where trains are common, especially in the middle of the night. When I first moved here I would wake up every night, brain twitching with every toot of the damn horn on the train. I guess the engineer delights in knowing that he's waking up everyone in a 2 mile radius when he honks. Now I don't even notice them (although that might have more to do with the box fan I run at night!).
Hope you're doing better!!
Addie