“Flying Stinks!” – Rated PG-13

OK, this may not be suitable for everyone.  It’s PG-13 and if you don’t like to talk about bodily odors, then skip to the next article…but after several recent trips around the world on airplanes, I have to speak up!  Flying stinks!  Literally, it stinks!  But, I have a bit of a cure thanks to my brilliant bride, so keep reading to the end!

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Yes, flying stinks!  On a recent trip to a large continent, I was flying alongside several nationals.  Yes, I know that our cultures are different and I do appreciate how all of us are different and we should revel in our differences… to a point.  But when it comes to smell, it’s often hard to adjust.  The dear man who sat down next to me had a obvious aversion to deodorant, body spray, cologne and perhaps bathing…. Hey, don’t judge me, I said that I understand cultural differences, but unfortunately, my nose does not! 🙂  It was hard for me to bear the funky fragrance and by the grace of God, an aisle seat became available nearby and I quickly took advantage of it. (I didn’t make it obvious, just that I wanted an aisle seat!)  I could still smell the lingering odor of my friend down the aisle, but it wasn’t quite as pungent a few rows away.  Fortunately, the lady who was sitting on the other side of him was sleeping, or perhaps she had fainted, I’m not sure!

Then, as on all flights, there’s the issue of pressure and it’s unfortunate result on the human body.  One of the top pet peeves for every flight attendant is, yes, you guessed it… flatulence!  Yes my friend, gas-passing, the cutting of the cheese, farting… whatever you may call it.  I was recently returning from another international flight and about an hour into the flight, I thought someone had passed away.  They certainly passed something all right.  It was truly tear jerking!  Seriously folks, get up and head to the head! Wow!  Really!  And it went on for the next hour.  While I couldn’t hone in on the exact location of the potent putridity, though I think it was the loud, large lady in front of me, it was certainly nearby.  (And like most of us, we just hope that no one else on the plane thinks it’s you!)  Anyway, the flight attendant walked by with quite a bit of perfume on and it helped a lot.  She may have even inconspicuously sprayed something, I don’t know.

Finally, though not as bad as the previous two “stanks” is the tasteless but odiferous food that is served in coach.  While most of the usual cheesy chicken and putrid pasta dishes taste terrible, their smell permeates the cabin for hours.  And God forbid, as I had the privilege a few months ago, you are flying in India where Curry is King!

So, what’s the answer to this predicament aside from not flying at all?  Well, my bride has a great idea that I need to follow more often and that I would commend to you.  She carry’s one of  those three-sided soft head rests that have a cloth cover that can be washed and… you can put a fabric softener sheet inside!  Yes my friends, the life saving fragrance of the cuddly soft Snuggle bear, the beautiful bouquet of Bounce.  It can save your life.

Why you say, would I devote an entire blog article to smelly planes??  You weren’t there!

Save the Date! April 4, 2014

Hey Friends.  I’m doing a Classical concert complete with orchestra on Friday, April 4th, 2014  at 7:30 pm at the beautiful Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis!  I’d love to see you and your friends there.  Seating is limited (only 40 VIP tickets will be available for the post-concert dessert, a free CD and a “meet and greet”) and tickets will go on sale on December 1st on www.Metrotix.com or from Central Church.  It will be a great night of wonderful music in one of the nation’s premier concert halls. (www.sheldon.com) I hope to see you there!   Proceeds from the evening will benefit “The Micah Project” in Honduras.  See more here;  http://www.micahprojecthonduras.org

The Sheldon Concert Hall

The Sheldon Concert Hall

Randy Mayfield

Randy Mayfield

 

Heading to Honduras

Just home this week from a great time in Italy!  I’ll be heading back to the land of beautiful colored chicks (see the photo below before you judge me!), abundant street kids and the wonderful Micah Project in less than two weeks.  I just met today with our friend and missionary, Michael Miller who gave us a great report on the new Micah 2.0 home in Tegucigalpa.  Please pray for our team as we go to encourage the boys as well as Michael and his staff and as we travel and minister in this very difficult country.  (The #1 murder rate in the world!!)  Pray for our boys as they grow up and go to school and learn to live free from drugs as they live in the Micah house with others who have had similar backgrounds.  Pray for Michael and his staff as they continue to teach and minister to the boys and young men of Micah and the Timothy Leadership House on a daily basis 24/7.

For more on the Micah Project and their new home, go to;  www.micahprojecthonduras.org

New video by photographer, Justin Mayfield on the Micah 2.0 Home inauguration in August; https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=665450020132029

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Those colorful “chicks” that I referred to!
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The Micah boys sing their National Anthem, “Tu Bandera

Randy learns some new tricks!                                  Randy learns some new tricks!

Here are some new photos from our trip.  Just got home!

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One Happy Street Kid.  He can feel the love!

One Happy Street Kid. He can feel the love!

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The angelic Wynn girlsDSC00580

Our team in Tegucigalpa, HondurasThe Micah Boys at the New Micah 2.0 House

 

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Micah newcomer, “Buddy”

* RANDY’S UPCOMING CONCERT AND MINISTRY SCHEDULE IS HERE;  http://www.randymayfield.freehomepage.com/custom.html