The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
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My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
- If you are afraid that you may feel claustrophobic, sit by the aisle. This way when the seatbelt sign turns off, you can stand up to stretch or walk down the aisle to the bathroom. Even if you do not have to use the restroom, sometimes it is better to get up for a couple of minutes.
- If you simply hate the idea of airplanes and do not know what you will do with yourself the entire time, sit by the window. It is fun being able to look at the clouds, the towns below, etc. Sometimes it distracts you from the flying itself. If you want, bring a digital camera with you and turn the flash off. It's neat to capture some unique photos.
- Bring a notebook with you. If you have someone that wants to join you, play hangman or tic-tac-toe. If not, simply write a journal or express whatever is on your mind. Surprisingly, it wastes a lot of time.
- Bring a deck of cards with you. Even if you play a couple of card games, that can waste a good 30-45 minutes.
- See if you can find herbal tea anywhere in the airport and have some before you board. It is known to relax and calm you down.
- Buy some magazines at the airport or bring a book along with you. If you can become occupied in a good book or a magazine, the time will fly by.
- Bring an iPod or some sort of music player along with you. Close your eyes and simply enjoy the music. It's relaxing and gets rid of all of the other noise on the plane.
- Bring a portable DVD player and some headphones. Watch a movie or two and before you know it, the flight will be over.
- Chew a piece of gum during takeoff. I always do this to alleviate the pressure to the ear.
As you can tell, I always go out of my mind on the airplane. I had a two hour flight recently and I did not know what I was going to do with myself the entire time. I brought a book and a couple of magazines and the time flew. Just relax, breathe, and remember that you will be landing soon.
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Okay - this may seem a little off the wall, but at work, we broadcast our weddings and citizenship ceremonies on UStream. If you find you are unable to overcome your fear and you can't persuade your wife to take a roadtrip, why not get someone to film it as it's taking place and you can watch it live on the internet?? If there's WiFi, or even if you get a dongle, they can connect to the internet and stream it for you. Even Skype. iPads are really handy for this!!!!! Even smartphones or your basic laptop
I've actually done weddings where it's been 2-way and the friends and relatives in Australia, the Maldives etc. have done readings for the wedding in Scotland and everybody could see and hear everybody else. The worst that happened was there was a 2-minute time delay. Even my son's college graduation in June is being streamed live.
It's not perfect but it's a solution if you can't get round your fear.
a friend of mine had a family wedding televised from Holland because many just could not afford the trip to go and it worked great.
I know this is a terrible feeling..
I was also afraid of flying but then I met my hubby who works
in an airplane every day, and have for the last 17 years.
(he started to fly because he was scared to death of flying!)
He took me on a flight, sat by my side and explained everything
what happened from start to end.
Every sound, bump, everything about the airplane and the weather,
and answered every question I had.
I felt so safe.. And we traveled a lot and soon I was not afraid at all.
I loved to fly!
Now I can enjoy the ride, take with me a good book and really enjoy
some time for myself.
It's important to tell the crew that you are afraid of flying
so that they can take extra care of you, and make you feel safe.
You already know that flying is the safest way to travel, yes?
So I think the first thing you have to do is to find out what you are
afraid of. Write it down. Think about it, feel it.
What's the worst thing that can happend?
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Looks like tomorrow morning at 8:00am, it will be me and Mr. Zanax taking off tomorrow..... "Off we gooooooooo!!!!!!"
I'm sorry I have no advice for you...I'm actually afraid of the airplane itself, and have never been able to get near one. But I can say that Mr. Zanax is very popular with the fearful fliers that visit our doctor's office. Our patients recommend it!
__________________ The bells of Christmas chime once more; The heavenly guest is at the door.
He comes to earthly dwelling still, With new year gifts of peace, good will.