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A chauffer with benefits July 17, 2011

Filed under: What's Up? — Noelle Bickle / Abby Brooks @ 2:53 PM
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The week at the Humber School for Writers was fantastic. After a week loaded with information, guidance and instruction I’m back home drained and exhausted but filled with motivation. Though one thing I didn’t have to face coming home on a Friday evening and heading northbound on the 400 was cottage traffic. And not because I left early enough or just got lucky with the cars on the road.

No, I got lucky because after 14 years together, my husband still tries to impress me and offered to pick me up in his plane. Now before anyone gets the idea that we’ve struck it rich and he’s flying around in a deluxe private jet, think again. It’s a 1984 Cessna.


And though he’s been flying since he was 17 years old and is meticulous when it comes to safety, I have haven’t flown with him since before we got married. That time (also a ploy by him to impress) it was a glider. That date was a flop as I ended up sick for hours from the turning in the thermals (updrafts) in order to get more height and stay in the air longer. It wasn’t my finest moment, and it didn’t impress me, not in the least.

The bottom line is – I don’t like to fly. Unless of course, there’s a beach at the end of the journey. So each weekend when Will goes flying, he tries to talk me into going, but I really have no interest. No more interest than he has in coming to a writer’s retreat. We all have our passions, right?

Anyway – getting home on a Friday night in 20 minutes instead of 2 hours (3 or 4 if you factor in traffic) sounded like a good alternative to me, so I agreed. It made him happy, because he could show off a little and play Top Gun to his wife. It made me happy because I would be home with my family and my dog sooner, rather than later. It also meant I would finally get up in his plane – something he’s been after me about since April when he bought it.


So we had our flight from Toronto Island Airport home to the Oro Airport and I’m in one piece. I won’t lie, I was a little skittish.

But I got home safe and sound, without a scratch. My ears didn’t even pop. But that doesn’t mean I’ve changed my disposition about being in the air on a frequent basis, or at the least, not for pleasure. I’m a writer, not a flyer.


11 Responses to “A chauffer with benefits”

  1. Lisa Llamrei Says:

    Oh, come on. You can do both, can’t you?

    Might as well get used to it now. You’ll be spending lots and lots of time in the air when you’re off on your book tours.

  2. Lisa Llamrei Says:

    Forgot to click on “Notify me of follow-up comments” so am posting another reply so I can see other replies.

  3. Riki Turofsly Says:

    good for you. Of course you know that CHarles, my husband is a glider pilot. I have never been up.. You look as if you have lost weight, girl..miss you. Don’t forget we are planning a dinner in September with Wayson..was the course better than last or just different?

    • Hi Riki – it was different, not better or worse. I was able to connect with Wayson and of course, got a few hugs in there for good measure. He was a huge hit with his keynote address – he touched the crowd, as always. Nino was eloquent and quite brilliant in his delivery in class. I’m posting some bits up this week about it. I hope to go again next year – love it.

      PS – miss you too. I am away in September from the 14-21, so hopefully we are meeting sooner or later than that. Can’t wait to catch up!

  4. Cryssa Says:

    I can just see it now… Noelle waiting outside of Humber for her “ride”. That is so incredible!

  5. Oh Noelle Will is the charmer. What a great way to pick up his wife. Love your blog.

  6. Dale Long Says:

    Just think of flying as giving you another perspective with which to view the world around you. Whether that perspective is looking down on the houses and traffic or fear 😉 Either way i trust you’ll find something to use from the experience.

    Tell Will I always wanted to fly a Spitfire, so good for him.

    • He’s ALWAYS looking for someone interested in flying with him…so offer yourself up anytme and it would make his day. (and mine, becuase then he won’t ask me!)

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