Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread


I’m in Chicago! As I mentioned earlier, I got in last night, just in time for my friend Chad’s birthday party. I was up ’til 3 AM (4 AM NYC time) and I woke up at… 5:45, because that’s what time I wake up at home. And so I got dressed to go for a run… and then I had a great idea: I should go back to bed! So, I did. And I slept ’til 10, which is more like it. Also great: I drank five bottles of water last night, so I’m not even a little bit hungover today. It’s like I’ve finally learned something.

This is kind of a downer, but my flight took off yesterday shortly after the Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down, which is horrible and sad, and I didn’t put it together until after we landed, but wifi was disabled on our flight and the flight attendants gave us unlimited free wine and beer. It was a Delta flight. That’s not the norm for Delta, is it? Free wine and beer, I mean? And the wifi thing could have been a coincidence, but, once we landed and started hearing more buzz about that plane shot down, I thought maybe the disabled wifi and free booze were deliberate. Has anyone else been flying somewhere when another plane is hijacked or crashes? What was the reaction inboard?

Also! Totally unrelated, but worth saying so we end this on a more positive note: the last month of DW has been one of the best in terms of readership growth. In exactly four weeks, readership has grown 20%!! I don’t think readership has ever grown so quickly over a short period of time like that except for in the very beginning. Some of the growth is because of my recent POPSUGAR partnership, which is going great (this post, for example, which was syndicated on Monday, has been shared over 11,000 times on social media!). Some of the growth is because you’re sharing content, too — liking it on FB and passing it around — and, for that, thank you so much! If you don’t already, would you “like” Dear Wendy on Facebook, Twitter? The more you like it, the more others will find the site, and, the more others find the site, the better chance there is that DW will be here for a long time. Gracias!

Anyway, happy weekend to you all! Hope it’s a great one.

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    Lily in NYC July 18, 2014, 4:11 pm

    I misread and thought you wrote that you drank five bottles of wine, not water! (oh my god, I got the math problem wrong)

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      Lily in NYC July 18, 2014, 4:12 pm

      I meant the captcha math problem, not that I can’t count wine bottles.

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle July 19, 2014, 1:02 pm

        I just had to use a calculator for 4 X 4 🙁 Shameful!

  • Portia

    Portia July 18, 2014, 4:44 pm

    I don’t think I was ever on a plane after a crash/hijacking, but after the Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down, Bassanio told me our flight a few weeks ago from London to Bangkok went over basically the same airspace. Scared the heck out of me. And this was right after that other flight had gone missing, and it was basically the same flight I was on too. It’s not gonna keep me from flying, but it’s scary to think about.

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  • othy

    othy July 18, 2014, 5:15 pm

    Only time I’ve had the opportunity for free booze was when I was bumped up to first class (for free!). Sadly, I was 19 at the time, so no free booze for me. Oh well.

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  • Lyra

    Lyra July 18, 2014, 6:12 pm

    So last night I went to a friend’s house and we hung out with our whole group from college. I hadn’t seen them in about six months and it was so fun! But I drank too much and stayed out too late. So I bought my boss coffee this morning to say “sorry I will likely be unproductive today” haha.
    This weekend I’m looking forward to not doing much. Reading a lot, hopefully running some errands, a long overdue haircut, and doing some long overdue clothes shopping. Tomorrow I’ll see a high school friend who I haven’t seen a while and she’s been having some issues with her husband so I’m looking forward to spending some quality time figuring out what’s all going on.
    My kitty and Navy Guy’s kitty still aren’t getting along. My kitty is an instigator and she’s not thrilled that she has to share her space with him. She also started gnawing at my (fairly expensive) flip flops so I’ve had to throw two pairs away already and another one has some pretty big teeth marks. Not too happy about that.

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  • mandalee

    mandalee July 18, 2014, 9:32 pm

    The free booze and no wifi definitely sounds like they were trying to keep spirits up when all the crash stuff was going down. I wasn’t even flying and I was a nervous wreck. I wasn’t flying when a crash or hijacking happened but I did fly out of San Francisco a few hours before the plane that crashed on the runway last July. I felt terrible for those involved in the crash but I was also relieved that it didn’t happen when I was there. I have to pile up on anti-anxiety meds when I travel the way it is, so if I saw a plane crash, I would have definitely been driving home from San Fransisco to Boston.

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  • Skyblossom

    Skyblossom July 19, 2014, 12:29 pm

    Congratulations on the recent growth of this site! It shows how much hard, excellent quality work you put into this site day in and day out! Way to go Wendy!!!

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy July 19, 2014, 1:04 pm

      Aw, thank you – that’s really sweet of you to say!

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