bonging the captain...

posted on: 4.25.2012

...And other fabulously awesome frippery

So, back in the long ago day when I was a flight attendant, oh yes, passing out juice and gourmet meals on hard plastic trays and vowing to save the life of every person on board including the oh-so-many who couldn't be bothered to listen to the three minute safety demo, yes, that was my once upon a time jobby job, well back in those days I sat through a presentation on words.  

It wasn't a bad presentation, in fact, really it was quite good, although, unfortunately, it wasn't a presentation on bad words-- 'cause I'm thinking that could be a whole lotta fun.

Anywho, the presentation was on words not to use on an airplane, words like "crash" and "emergency" and phrases like "holy sh*@, we're going down"-- o.k. I just made that one up, but I know we were all thinking it might just be a little fun on a particularly bad day to whisper it near a particularly rude passenger.  

Well, towards the end of the day the presenter asked if we could think of other common industry phrases that while very clear and meaningful to us, might be misinterpreted by someone not familiar with our lingo, (read as: confuse/ scare the heck out of unknowing passengers).

And then someone, I don't remember who exactly, but I wish I did 'cause I'd find them and thank them and have a good laugh with them, but alas, I don't recall so can I just share this little laugh with you?... 
Well, then someone, at that very moment, raised their hand and said "Oh, you mean like 'bonging the captain'"?

Oh, we had all "bonged the captain".  In fact we would ask each other several times before take off to be sure someone had "bonged the captain" and if not, well one of us eager to please, fresh outta ground school, newbies would happily volunteer to do the deed. 

And so it was done, our secret was out.  
We had all been holding it in, this little secret of our regular "bonging (of) the captain"--we did it several times a day, actually.  


The look on the presenter's face confirmed that this was the most absolutely awesome example of her entire presentation. 


Which was affirmation we all really needed 'cause, when we first started flying much more seasoned, (way too often-- way too uptight), senior flight attendants would ask us if we'd "bonged the captain yet" and they'd expect us to answer in the affirmative completely straight faced and professional as if there was nothing even remotely ambiguous or funny about the phrase.  


And her little nod of approval at our shining example somehow absolved us of every time we had giggled, on the inside, the first one hundred and fifty one times we'd heard "bong the captain" used, (sadly after that many times it becomes a bit old and the funniness wears off replaced by a "I don't get the joke" matter of fact usage of the phrase). 

In truth "bonging the captain" was just a quick easy way of saying we had signaled the cockpit, (hmm... now there's a word for ya),once the cabin was secured and ready for take off.  The signal made a "bing bong" chime and while "bing bonging the captain" sounds fun too, somewhere along the line the bing was dropped for sake of the bong

So, the whole point of this long drawn out story, other than to share a funny with ya, is to say sorry if "I bonged the captain" yesterday in my "slipper" post.  

I realized after the fact that slippers outside of Hawaii may mean something along the lines of this:  

Slippers, or slippahs, in Hawaii are these:

And, can we all just agree that no matter who says "slippers" none of us are visualizing these bad boys right here:

Should I ever "bong the captain" again here, please feel free to let me know.  I'm so glad to be writing about Hawaii, it's beauty and culture, but making Local Sugar Hawaii accessible to every one on this whole entire planet is super important too-- we all share this local and if there's a joke or a post or a project, well, I wanna be sure we're all in on it together here. 

Plus, I'm pretty sure if you get a chance to say "bong the captain" at least once in your day, well, that could pretty much change your whole darn life. 


So, feel free to let me know, or if you just feel the need to say it here we'll forgive ya, the first few times at least...



live sweet,
n

22 comments:

  1. Hahaha!! When I saw the post in my dashboard I was like...bonged the captain? Very funny story. What airlines did you work for? Hawaiian? I miss Aloha Airlines though i love flying Hawaiian. It was nice to have a choice.

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    1. Oh Jean, do I really have to say?... I flew for Aloha during my college days. =)

      I love that you stopped by and we got to be silly together. I'm so looking forward to hoppin' with ya on Friday.

      xoxo,
      N

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  2. Nicole--you are hilarious! Thank you for stopping by www.themoxiebee.com, leaving me a note, and for the 1+! I thought it only fitting to do the same for you. ciao for now, Maura aka The Moxie Bee

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    1. Awww Moxie Bee,

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing some aloha. Love it!

      xoxo,
      Nicole

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  3. Nicole, Dee's comment on FB turned me to this. What a gem of a story (it could have been a poem)! What a writer you are! I must tune in more often! Blessings~ Aunt Sue

    ps: Not sure how to pick a profile. Oh well, I'm 60.

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    1. Aunt Susan it's YOU!!!

      I'm so glad you've stopped by and I'm so sorry that this is your first impression of Local Sugar Hawaii. We really do behave ourselves most days of the week, really, usually, sometimes...

      So glad you came and really I like the mysterious vibe of the shadowy figure profile pic. =)

      Aloha,
      Nicole

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following..
    I am now following yours.. I love what I have read so far.
    Can't wait to read more

    Xoxo
    Sami

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    1. Awww... thanks for joining the ride-- you're being here really does make it so much sweeter.

      xoxo,
      N

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  5. Im stopping by from the blog hop, Im also in Hawaii :)

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    1. Thanks Mrs. Jennifer Lynn-- I love the formality of the title for visiting localsugarhawaii. Which island are you on, and what are you doing Friday? We're hosting a blog hop, myself and another Hawaii girl-- you should come hop around with us.

      Aloha,
      N

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  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am your newest follower now! I love your story, and I know I will enjoy reading more about Hawaii...I have always wanted to go! My husband has a super rich aunt and uncle out there I think I should meet ;) Haha! Seriously though, we hope to vacation there in a few years (the sooner the better)

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    1. Oh clearly I MUST meet your husband's Aunty and Uncle as well. =) Thanks for stopping by and joining our silliness! So great to share this ride with ya.

      xoxo,
      Nicole

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  7. hahaha I LOVE THIS!!! Thanks for giving me some love!...i'm following..er...stalking you back ;-)

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  8. Excellent! There's no love like stalker love. =) Thanks for joining the ride.

    xoxo,
    Nicole

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  9. I loved this post, and I loved learning that in Hawaii slippers are in fact flip flops!! I also loved your story about "bonging" the captain! What a fun site you have here. So glad I found you on voiceBoks! I'm now happily following you!

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    1. Kathy,

      I'm so very glad you've come... our little ride just got a thousand times sweeter-- thanks for that.

      I'll be here posting Monday thru Friday but you can come on in anytime, the doors always open and the cupboards are stocked with sugar and if you plop down on the couches or start a pillow fight-- well you can just blame the mess on the next person-- isn't that the coolest. This space is your space-- E Komo Mai, welcome.

      xoxo,
      Nicole

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  10. That is some kinda catch phrase! Made me laugh...though no worries- I'm on the mainland and totally understood the slippers reference.
    Happy Day!

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    1. No, but seriously, can you imagine being a newbie and having your job be dependent on not laughing when asked if you've "bonged the captain"?-- okay, yes I did just want to say it one last time. hee, hee, hee.

      So glad you got the slipper reference-- I figured you would, your being cool like that. =)

      Aloha,
      Nicole

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  11. This is so funny! You can imagine what came to mind at first!! hehe
    Thanks for a laugh and for stopping by my blog!!

    Following along now.

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  12. Aloha Ashley,

    Nope, I have no idea what first came to mind, pray do tell I'm sure we would all like to know, in great detail, the musings of your mind.

    I'm totally teasing... hee, hee, hee.

    I'm so very glad you've joined the ride-- thanks for that.

    xo,
    Nicole

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