On my way home from Miami

I’ve had the opportunity to do some traveling last year for events and have begun to think that perhaps I am a bit sadistic. I love it!  It did not take long to realize that flights are never on time, you’re connecting flights are ALWAYS on the other side of the concourse, and airport food sucks. I’ve had layovers, missed flights, delayed connections, screaming babies, turbulence that made me cry, six-hour flights with no service due to weather, and through it all for some reason I really love traveling!

By far the funniest situation had to be on my way home from Miami. The only flight that fit my schedule left Miami and had a 20 minute connecting in Chicago. We touched down in Chicago on a bright and sunny afternoon and were soon “delayed” on the runway due to weather. Apparently there was a storm from somewhere and other planes were being rerouted which meant we had to wait. No biggie.

When we were finally let off the plane I had five minutes until my plane to Seattle was supposed to depart. Luckily I made it and was the last passenger to board the plane. I had not texted my husband to tell him what flight I was on or where I was connecting because of course,  my phone had died. Given my small window of opportunity between flights I had not had the opportunity to do it when we landed in Chicago either. I had a quick thought, booted up my lap top, plugged my phone into the laptop for power and shot off a quick message before we took off. All it said was “leaving Chicago, home in 5 hours, phone dead”.

I got myself settled next to this young man from the Middle East.  He was super sweet, only 16, and heading to Seattle to study English.  We were sitting there chatting when the stewardess came over head and said in the most serene, calm voice “Ladies and Gentleman, we need to de-plane “ [Insert obnoxious groaning from all the passengers here] “there’s a tornado approaching, exit the aircraft immediately and take shelter”.

Hmmm…. did I hear that right?  (Insert announcement again.) Yep, I heard her right! You definitely do not have to tell me twice.  I grabbed my purse but left everything else and got in line to de-plane.  You would be amazed at how much delay was possible getting off the plane in an emergency! People were stopping to grab their carry one bags. We would move two feet and some yahoo would stop to grab their belongings. The other passengers would shout at them to move and hurry, and to leave their bags. The stewardess would make another announcement stating that this was an EMERGENCY, that there WAS a tornado and that we needed to deplane and take shelter immediately.  Yet over and over someone would stop.  Now, I am a calm, rational person…especially in the midst of crisis…. but come on people!

We were finally moving and some guy three people ahead of me stopped to grab his bag yet again. Now, I’m not proud of my actions but at the same time let’s be real folks! I decided to pipe up, told him to move his ASS pronto-tanto!  Leave your crap and get your ass off the plane so the rest of us can take shelter! There was some cheering, and the passenger became flustered and just left his bag. Really??   That said we deplaned and looked for shelter. I ended up hiding out in the woman’s bathroom for two hours until we got the all clear.

I left shelter for a brief moment and used an outlet to text my husband, mind you this is about an hour after I was supposed to have left Chicago! I fired off a quick text that said “In Chicago, deplaned, tornado. Hunkered down in bathroom. Don’t worry, I’m a smart cokie”.  Whoops….. next text… “Cookie…I am not a cokie”.  Needless to say he was a bit concerned when I was able to finally plug-in and call him several hours later. I ended up getting home five hours after my scheduled time with an adventurous story to put in my memory bank.  Maybe one day if there’s time I can fill you in on the rest of the happenings like the rude guy at McDonald’s, my Bathroom friends, and the cute middle eastern kid I sat next to who was (as he put it ) “how you say, freaking out!”.

Have Trunk Will Travel (You know you’re an event planner when…)

Have trunk will travel

There were almost 1500 answers to the question “You Know You’re an Event Planner When….?” when it was posed to a network of event planners. The responses made us laugh but mostly because experience is a hard teacher and often being an event planner has nothing to do with the glamorous image portrayed in movies like “The Wedding Planner” and more to do with shows like “World’s Dirtiest Jobs” but when you love it, you just LOVE it. Now, anyone who knows the Premier Event Connection crew knows we love to laugh so we couldn’t help but come up with our own “been there, done that, no it’s really true” humorous experiences of being an Event Planner. So with that in mind, the Premier Event Connection team is busily compiling  our experiences and we will be posted them here on our blog one at a time. We hope you enjoy a humorous look into our lives.

You Know You’re an Event Planner When……

…..You spend the entire afternoon looking for an elephant to appear at your event and actually find one! Okay, we admit it, the life of an event planner is never boring. We truly don’t know what the next event, heck even the next phone call might bring

our way. You can get requests for the most basic of things that require only a quick phone call to secure pricing on and then you can get callers who are requesting an elephant….yes they really did want an elephant at their event.
Because they brought us such a wonderful elephant and because they specialize in  providing the public with safe, educational and recreational access to the earth’s most  wonderful mammal the elephant we thought we would give the vendor we found a little plug…..their company name is “Have Trunk Will Travel” and if you are ever looking to hire an elephant to appear at your events this is the place to get one. Now I am not sure you everyone realizes this but we live in the Pacific Northwest. You know, the rainy, green, northern most tip of Washington State and the last place you would expect to find an elephant or even begin to think you can get an elephant to come to unless you own a travelling circus. However, the reality is that most planners spend a huge amount of time doing research for the things their client wants and as it turns out, if you have the time to do the research you can indeed find an elephant to put in an appearance at your event.