Flight

As Shawn took another sip of his whiskey a young lady came and took the seat next to him.

“Wow, a drink already?” She smiled “I’m Lauren.” she said as she extended her hand.

“I’m Shawn.” he said as he shook her hand. She felt his sweaty palm as she shook back.

“I take it you don’t like flying?” Lauren asked
“This is my first time actually” Shawn replied while taking another sip of his whiskey.
“Ahh, it’s not that bad! Trust me I do it all the time. It’ll be to be easy, I’ll talk you through it…. just relax.”
“That’s why I’m drinking, I’m trying to—“ Shawn stopped short when he noticed the plane began to taxi onto the runway. “Here we go. I don’t know how I got talked into taking a flight.” Shawn downed the rest of his whiskey. “Nerves are bad, and the plane hasn’t even—”  Shawn was cut off by the flight attendants announcement to the passengers.
“Please enjoy the flight.” The flight attendant said as the announcement ended.
“This is your captain speaking, we’ve been given the green light to take off. flight attendants please be seated for take off.” The captain’s announcement ended.

As the plane began to speed up, and Shawn became anxious. He closed his eyes and put his hand on his head as his legs began to shake. “Please God I know I haven’t been the best of people in this world but I promise if you help me make it out of this I will change my life”  Shawn prayed to himself as the plane began ascending. He felt like he heard every little noise the plane made.
“Is it suppose to sound like that?” Shawn asked Lauren.
“What noise? The engine?” Lauren said with a smile that went unnoticed to Shawn. His eyes were closed and his head leaned back in the seat. She placed her hand on his leg. “It’s fine. I’ll get you another drink on me when we are at cruising altitude…. Just relax!” She giggled
“Girl—” he started just gazing at her blue eyes. “I need that drink now.” he replied while shaking his head. Lauren just tried not to laugh, but she thought it was funny.
“This is your captain speaking. We are now at 33,000 feet our cruising altitude. The flight attendants will be around shortly to assist you with drinks and snacks. Should be approximately three hours and a half until we land in Fairbanks, Alaska.”
“33,000 FEET!? He had to say that? We don’t need to know how high in the damn air we are. Lord!” Shawn looked at Lauren who was side eyeing him while covering her mouth trying not to laugh. “Is this funny?”
“I’m sorry! I’m sorry!” she put her head down, as she began to turn red. “I’m not laughing…. I promise!”
Shawn just shook his head as he caught glimpse of the flight attendant walking down the aisle with her cart.
“Would you like a drink or a snack?” the flight attendant asked Lauren who was still trying to hold her laughter in. Shawn answered instead. “We will take a triple shot of whiskey and vodka. No ice please!”
“Okay, I’ll get that right away.” The flight attendant seemed astonished at the choices Shawn selected.  “Anything for you Ms?” she asked Lauren who now had gained her composure.
“Just a coke and rum for me please.” She smiled looking at Shawn nearly downing his whiskey.
“I needed that.” Shawn said finally claiming himself.
“I told you once you get to cruising altitude you’ll be fine. Flying isn’t all that scary.”
“Girl, I’m probably only relaxed now because I got this liquor in me.”
“So what brings you to Fairbanks?” Lauren asked
“Just visiting a friend. She’s having a baby and I’m coming for support.” Shawn replied.
“Well, that’s kind of you. How long are you staying?”
“Just a few days. Not long.”
“Well if you get some free time maybe give me a call or text and I’ll show you around.”
“That doesn’t sound like a bad idea. I’m sure you could show me a lot of things.” Shawn and Lauren were now flirting back and forth until the plane began to tremble abruptly and the seatbelt sign illuminated.
“Seems like we are hitting some unexpected turbulence….please stay seated and put your seatbelt on as the seatbelt sign is now illuminated.” The captain announced.
Shawn closed his eyes trying not to panic, but he began to shudder at the thought of what was happening. “Lord I’m coming to you again. Please allow me to make it through this flight I will never do this again. I will get a rental and just drive home if you help me make it through this flight.” Shawn prayed to himself again. The turbulence was gone. “Thank you Lord”. Shawn thought to himself.
“The turbulence has cleared, and we are now preparing to land. Flight attendants please prep the cabinet for landing.” The captain announced.
“This is the last part Shawn, then we will be on the ground and your first flight will be over!” Lauren said clapping and looking at Shawn who seemed to be very anxious.The sound of the plane breaking soon followed.
“Welcome to Fairbanks Alaska where the current time is 9:24 pm, hope you enjoy your stay, and thank you for flying with us.”

I wanted to challenge myself to write a Flash Fiction about someones first time flying on a plane. There will be a lot more Flash Fiction coming in the future. Remember to like comment, give suggestions, and subscribe if you liked it, and want to see all the other creations I have in store.

Guam

My visit to the island of Guam was a pretty decent trip. It has many things that could attract tourist. Sadly I couldn’t do everything I wanted to but I did get some things done. Now, going right into things I did, and experienced on the island.

The Weather

When I was there the high was around 90-100 on the daily, with a low of around 70. Bring lots of sunscreen the sun takes no prisoners. It rained off and on, but the rain would almost never stay long than an hour. The one time I stopped to actually get an umbrella the rained stopped 10 steps out of the hotel. Coming from -20 degree weather to Guam was a big difference for me, and I enjoyed putting on shorts for the first time all year. If you are looking for a tan, it is guaranteed you will get one when visiting Guam.

The HYATT

The HYATT is where I stayed and it was a pretty good hotel. Large rooms came with a full bathroom with both a tub and shower (separated). The toilets were the ones that washed your bum for you. I can’t lie I tried it on more than one occasion. My friends made jokes that when we left they had to go back to being barbarians and wiping their own butts. The price is a bit on the expensive side but hey if you’re there on vacation then you may have taken into account the expensive prices. The views from the hotel that overseen the beach were stunning. I actually caught a picture with the rainbow right behind the hotel.

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Easy access to the beach, if you want to just go out there and relax some nights. The service there was also on point, whenever you called for anything they would get it to you ASAP. I would have to give the hotel a solid rating cause it was a solid stay. (Didn’t actually think I would be writing this travel blog so I didn’t get pictures of my hotel room)

Places I Visited

Even though I didn’t visit or do everything I wanted to I did get to go to some of them. For instance:

Chamorro Village

This is the place to be on Wednesday nights. It’s free to just walk in, and explore everything is has to offer. It’s packed with vendors trying to sell you their food, drinks, souvenirs, etc. There is also entertainment. There were dance groups dancing in different areas of the village, also a small area that tourist would dance.

 

Here are some teens that were dancing when I went. Looks like they were out there having fun, and it was free entertainment. Had a couple of mistakes but hey we all make them, they got back up and kept it going. Overall I was glad I came and watched. Now the selection of food while at Chamorro was pretty deep.

Now tell me this doesn’t look good. Sadly that is the only picture that I have of the food, and drink places that were at Chamorro Village. The Strawberry Guava slush that was at one of the vendors was a 10 out of 10 if you go you have to try it. Overall Chamorro Village was a great experience for me and my friends. If I ever visit Guam again I will definitely be going back and will make sure I take lots of pictures.

The Bars:

Castaways

Here we ate upstairs, my friends say they didn’t like the chips and the service food wise was very slow. (I agree with them on that one seeing we were the only ones there.) When we went downstairs we decided to get some drinks and the service turned out pretty good. I met the bartender Jes who provided some good banter and gave tips on places to go around the island. She was also kind enough to provide some history on the island with me. Her boss collected souvenirs from around the world and put them at the bar. Added an interesting flair to the bar scene. Go here if you just want to relax and possibly enjoy some banter (If you are an outgoing friendly person) and maybe learn some things.

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Fusions

This bar was definitely interesting. The bar has a thing where people come in write someone on a dollar and tape their dollars anywhere in the bar. The bar owner Mama (Yes that’s what everyone called her) was a very interesting person. Sometimes you may get free drinks, free drama, free songs, you never know what ya going to get when you go to Fusions which is what makes it great. The bartender was a cool person he helped us play a prank on our sleeping friend. Told him we left him and that the bar is closing while we were hiding, I know it was evil but it was hilarious. We did some line dancing with Mama, such as the cupid shuffle, the wobble, and copperhead road dance. It was a good time, I even made sure to leave my mark on the wall. My dollar had its own spot. Overall visit this place one night with friends, and make the best of it. You will enjoy yourselves.

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WEDDINGS!

If you come to this island it is 95.7% guaranteed that if you stay in the Tumon area you will see lots of marriages. If you’ve never been to one, there are plenty of opportunities to get a look at one in person. Every day I was here I ran into a bride getting ready to go to her wedding. So it is a big thing on the island.

Overall

Just a short blog about my time there. It’s a good place to go on vacation for a couple of days. Enjoy the beaches, sights, bars, and people. I give the visit 4 out of 5 stars, would definitely go there again when I get the time and money.

Honorable mentions:

The Pentagon – great place to visit on weekends, it’s a blend of locals and tourists on the weekends

Terry’s – The food there is amazing… all local, and the workers were nice people all three times I went you have to eat here at least once before you leave.

Fridays – The servers at the bar were pretty cool and they look out for you

The Beach Bar – The views here are great especially if you can catch the sunset.

Side note – My first travel blog will have more pictures and details next time I travel. So this is a brief synopsis of my time in Guam. If you’ve visited before what are some things you did or places you’ve gone?

 

Short video of one of the dances: