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Andrews Air Show (USO Volunteering Gone Lazy)

USO Mobile gets my #ExcitedFace. And also my where-are-all-the-freaking-people-I'm-bored face.

The USO Mobile Lounge always gets my #ExcitedFace.

Unless it’s over 90 degrees and in the hot sun and we spend all day being approached for water which we’re not allowed to give out at most places because refreshments are sold there.

That situation gets my #AckWhyOhWhyFace.

(Just as expressive, half as happy.)

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case at the Andrews Air Show.

It was my second year helping my mom out and there was so much to see.

Dear Andrews Air Show, I'd like volunteering at you more if you started later. Love, Megan

There were these huge planes you could go inside and poke at.

Which isn’t nearly as exciting as you think it’ll be, because metal doesn’t react to pokes.

(Trust me, I’ve first-hand experience.)

(And a sore pointer finger to prove it.)

Apparently, air shows have flying planes. I always forget that part.

There were the planes that few through the air performing twists and twirls and causing my heart to go thump thump thump.

(In case it wasn’t clear, that was a thump thump thump of fear heartbeats, and not the normal thumping beats hearts experience for traditional blood moving reasons.)

There were dozens of different planes that flew that day, yet my obvious favorite was what I call the Snoopy Plane.

(For obvious reasons.)

Nothing gets my #excitedface like the inside of military aircraft. (I'm a sucker for hard seats and cold metal.)

There were convenient ramps for easy plane access.

Unless you were pushing a stroller.

Nothing’s convenient when you’re pushing a stroller.

(I know that through observation.)

(And a healthy dose of stroller fear.)

Dear USO, if I don't have beads to give away, how can I lure children and their parents wallets to our table? 'Cause my personality doesn't work without props.

But mostly what I saw?

Was a huge empty space in front of the USO’s tables.

We worked Sunday’s event and apparently they’d already given out all the red, white, and blue bead necklaces on Saturday.

And if you can’t lure children with beads, then you can’t pelt their parents with questions on whether they’re familiar with the USO and its work.

And without that, all you’re really doing is making sure your tables don’t blow away.

Well, and Instagramming photos of the planes.

You should totally click that link and follow me on Instagram

I post only the sexiest photos of Lincoln,

Megan

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  • julie gardner June 5, 2012, 11:40 am

    Your #AckWhyOhWhyFace is only HALF as happy as your excited face?

    You’ve got a very tolerant Ack to go along with that stroller fear.

    Which is always healthy, really.

    • Megan June 6, 2012, 10:42 am

      Well, you gotta have a happy ack. Otherwise you’re just bringing yourself down!

  • LDiggitty June 5, 2012, 11:48 am

    The Snoopy plane is awesome! Next time, you should ditch your table and try to hijack a plane. But not to do anything bad with… no, just to BORROW for a little bit.

    • Megan June 6, 2012, 10:50 am

      Of course I should have hijacked a plane! Why didn’t I think of that? Now I just feel silly.

  • Scargosun June 5, 2012, 12:49 pm

    I too have stroller fear. I am not going to try to cure it. 🙂 Love the pics! So nice of you to volunteer!

  • Susi June 5, 2012, 2:17 pm

    My hubby and kids love going to airshows and do so as often as they can. It’s sad that no one showed up at the USO table. Such an important organization. Love your pics…

  • Missy | Literal Mom June 5, 2012, 3:56 pm

    Looks like it was hot! And that guy pushing the stroller into the airplane is hilarious! #exertion

  • Stephanie @ Our Marriage Adventure June 5, 2012, 4:43 pm

    I love that you do this 😀 its just too bad that people require children wanting beads in order to want to (or be forced to) learn more about the USO. Our troops really deserve so much support and organizations like the USO really do make a difference!

    (Also – having poked a plane before I can vouch that sometimes they are made of cloth. And that is more terrifying than having a sore finger.)

    • Megan June 6, 2012, 11:05 am

      I… I don’t know what I’d do if I poked a plane and it was made of cloth. But I’m pretty sure I’d run off that plane. And, in their defense? Unless they’ve been in the military, few people actually know what the USO is. Sadly, past our Bob Hope heyday, we don’t get much publicity.

  • Skye June 5, 2012, 4:56 pm

    Having been to the Andrews Air Show (sadly, not the years you were there), I am jealous of your ability to sit in the shade. I hate being in the sun without adequate cover, so I’m not sure why I thought I’d love to stand/walk around on hot asphalt for a few hours. At least the planes were fun.

  • Classic NYer June 5, 2012, 10:14 pm

    I have not so much a fear of strollers as a self-righteous disdain for their occupants.

  • blackhuff June 6, 2012, 7:16 am

    Airshows are always the bomb!
    Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor June 6, 2012, 8:30 am

    I second the suggestion to follow you on Instagram. It gets me through the times you aren’t blogging.

  • Kimberly June 6, 2012, 8:39 am

    We went to this type of shindig last summer. We actually had a Canadian celebrity jump out of a plane.
    Chunky crapped himself every time a fighter jet flew over.
    And we got a foam airplane…so it was a success in my opinion.

    • Megan June 6, 2012, 11:16 am

      Something I learned during the last Olympics is that all celebrities are secretly Canadian, so now I’m terribly curious – who was it?

  • Janie Fox June 6, 2012, 10:24 am

    Stroller fear! LOL I especially love pushing the two kid kind. Most of our chubs think they can ride until they are 5. I want an adult one. Well, I guess they have them. They are called wheelchairs. duh.

  • spilledinkguy June 7, 2012, 9:45 am

    I would follow your Instagram feed in a second if I had an iPhone.
    Or other such iDevices.
    It would be interesting if metal responded like the Pillsbury Dough Boy when poked.
    Either ‘interesting’ or ‘ridiculously creepy’. One of those.
    (also – and there’s just no classy way of saying this… back on April 16th I have an image of him I built from 1,100 pennies… I cringed the whole time I was typing that, but considering your great love-o-Lincoln I was thinking/hoping you wouldn’t mind… too much…)

    • spilledinkguy June 7, 2012, 9:49 am

      WHAT THE?!
      OH *beep*!
      Megan, could you delete one of these please!
      I’m sorry.
      I don’t know how this happened.
      Clearly not an operator issue.
      Clearly.

    • Megan June 7, 2012, 10:14 am

      Dough metal is obviously a brilliant invention in its baby stages.

      Don’t give up.

      And of course I want to know of any you/Lincoln collaborations – talk about exciting!

  • spilledinkguy June 7, 2012, 9:46 am

    And by ‘Him’ I mean Lincoln.
    Naturally.
    *sigh*
    No oxygen in this… stupid… trunk.

    • Megan June 7, 2012, 10:16 am

      So true. Lack of oxygen is one of the top three complaints I hear about trunks. Along with the presence of other dead bodies and no temperature controls.

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