Danger Will Robinson!

This week’s topic is about a time our lives were in danger.  (Not collectively, of course, but I’d bet THAT would make for an interesting blog week.)  My inner four year old says, “The orange snake.  Definitely the orange snake.”  There’s a ten year old ready to argue with her about the time her older sister convinced her to go on that circular upside down ride at the fair.   She was certain that all the restraints were going to give out at the top and that her body would fall to her death.  My inner teenager is waving her hand madly a la Arnold Horshack (RIP Ron Palillo) saying, “Ooh-ooh-ooooh!  How about the time I didn’t do TWO book reports and got my first ever D on a report card in tenth grade?  I was terrified to go home that day.”  Boozy college freshman Micki rolls her eyes at tenth grade Micki and says, “Bitch, please.  I flunked at least half my classes and lost a bunch of scholarship money.  Think I was looking forward to facing Dad and dealing with THAT summer?!  Duh.  There’s a reason I went away to work at Disney World.”

Recently graduated Micki and newlywed Micki shake their heads tsk-tsk-tsking and blessing all those young girls’ hearts.  They don’t know what a true threat to her life is.  The former dealt with a stalker.  Creepy stalker who left little presents like handcuffs and ropes and duct tape at her apartment door.  Creepy stalker who required Caller ID when it was a new, expensive phone feature and necessitated multiple phone calls to the Miami police department kind of danger.  Newlywed Micki has actually gone through the plane crash preparation drill because there was a real chance of that happening.  She can still hear the flight attendants shouting repeatedly, “Brace!  Brace!  Heads down!  Stay down!”  She still gets tears remembering the fear of never seeing her parents or wonderful new husband again because the landing gear indicator light wouldn’t come on and no one knew if the plane would collapse upon the landing or if there would be a fiery crash.  Those other girls haven’t got a clue as to Micki’s life being in danger.  Well….maybe except the four year old.  Present day Micki is still deathly afraid of snakes.


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13 Responses to Danger Will Robinson!

  1. Lavada Dee says:

    Taking us through a time lapse account is a great idea. It can be a scary world out there at any age.


    • Very true, Lavada. For sure.


    • Micki Gibson says:

      It was tough to decide when my life has felt threatened and maybe amnesia makes it not nearly so scary these days, but I tried to remember how terrified I was and the things that scared me at each of those points. Plus I’m sure I’ve documented my flight experience on here at least once. I could hear y’all going, “There she goes again with her flight story.” But you are absolutely right, Lavada. It can be scary out there in the big, bad world. Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Lots of dangerous stuff in your life, Micki. Glad you survived it all!


    • Micki Gibson says:

      And to think, I try to live a bit on the mild side. I was pretty sure I was a goner though after some of those college grades. 😉


  3. jeff7salter says:

    The imminent plane crash preparation definitely gets my vote as the most dangerous.
    Nothing quite as helpless as knowing you’re thousands of feet in the air, something terrible is wrong with your conveyance, and they won’t let YOU at the wheel.


    • Micki Gibson says:

      It really was just a faulty indicator light, but the point was that it wouldn’t come on and we were prepared to crash. Still, it’s not an experience I care to repeat and after deplaning, I headed straight for a bar and ordered a double before my next flight.


  4. tonettejoyce says:

    Good grief,Micki! BOTH of us were on planes where the landing gear didn’t want to click into place?! Sounds like we may have been 2/5 into that collective blog! Seriously,I am glad you came out OK; you sound like Bruce Willis in “Unbreakable”!
    A Stalker? Jiminy Cricket!


  5. Micki Gibson says:

    I love Bruce Willis, but haven’t seen “Unbreakable”. I suspect landing gear stories are probably the most common type of plane stories where people have walked away from. However, I’m pretty sure that was the first for our lead flight attendant who had some difficulty getting through her landing spiel and thanking us for flying U.S. Airways. I want to hear your full plane story sometime too!


  6. tonettejoyce says:

    Oh, Micki; yours was just like the movie I saw! If you didn’t get to read it, check back with my airplane story in our blog.Yikes! I mean, even if your gear went down, the plane in the real-story ovie went down anyway!


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