Welcome to Spiel the Beans where my friend Katy and I dish a little on prompts we thought would be fun each month. With the Halloween spirit in the air, of course we thought a Haunted Tale was perfect. Of course maybe you don’t believe in ghosts and would rather just share the scariest thing you have ever done. We are down with that!
I had a grandfather, Papa Dutch (yes my dog is named after my grandpa) and he was an amazing storyteller. He loved telling us bedtime stories about dude he called raw hide and bloody bones. There were lots of headless people dragging chains and bones buried behind walls and I seriously do not know how in the world I slept at night.
I, however, have zero imagination when it comes to these things! Me, no, I like experiencing my scary instead. So here is a little story from my younger self.
Back in 1998 one of my childhood friends was living in NYC living her dream and she invited me to come for a visit. I was a single mom trying to make ends meet and had only been on a plane one other time but I could not pass up the chance to visit NYC with a free place to stay. So off I went!
I arrived in Atlanta, Georgia in plenty of time to make my connecting flight. The basketball playoffs were on TV and I grabbed a beer and some dinner at the bar at TGI Fridays. After boarding the flight and sitting for a bit that dreaded ding came over the intercom to let us know due to an issue with the plane our flight would be delayed. Yikes! I was not prepared for any kind of snafu and was already nervous enough about arriving and taking my first cab into the city.
What’s a girl to do? Back to the bar for another beer and some basketball. I met a guy who was also delayed and he was super nice. Not in the flirty, trying to pick me up kind of way just willing to have some conversation. Once our plane was finally ready and we boarded he switched seats with the person next to me so we could continue hanging out.
As we approached JFK airport, he told me his cousin was picking him up and they would be happy to give me a ride into Manhattan. You’ve all watched movies like Taken right? Well, in 1998 I was evidently oblivious to any of the horrible things that go on in the world and all I could think about was the $40 I would be saving so I said yes.
I’ll never forget closing the door to the black car with the black tinted windows and thinking what in the world am I doing?!! Thankfully this story has a happy ending! He was a nice guy and he delivered me safely to my friends apartment building. I have thought so many times about how wrong this could have gone. How in the world could I have been so naive, so stupid?!!
I have probably lived a fairly sheltered life if this is really the scariest thing I’ve ever done right? So now it’s your turn! Be sure to mark your calendar for November 15th as we come back to share something we are thankful for or maybe something we should be thankful for but have taken for granted.
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