Tall Airlines

Can’t you just see it? Tall Airlines’ fleet will boast the first planes made to accommodate the comfort and eliminate the inconveniences that tall people experience when traveling by air.

Tall Airlines will feature:

– Higher seatbacks to allow for neck support

– At least 15 cm more leg room. This would also ensure that the person in the seat in front of you can recline their seat without crunching down on your kneecaps.

– Higher overhead compartments. I’m tired of the unnecessary strain on my back having to duck at the waist to get in and out of my seat.

…and more! As Tall Airlines is in its infancy stages of planning, I welcome more recommendations.

This post was obviously provoked by my travels this weekend on an airplane. Until Tall Airlines is fully operational, I have some tips for the tall travelers to minimize the frustrations:

– Ladies: wear flats. Soon, I will share my positioning on the “should tall ladies wear heels” debate, but in this case, I will always stand by wearing flats when traveling. This is a situation where enhancing your height is definitely not to your benefit.

– Ask for the seat by the emergency exit: depending on the aircraft, there is usually extra legroom between your seat and the one in front of you- OR, better yet, there is sometimes NO seat in front of you!

– Or, better yet, just plan ahead when booking your seat. I stumbled upon seatguru.com which lets you select your airline and flight number and then tells you which aircraft you will be on, which are the good seats, and which seats have drawbacks! Pretty cool.

There’s no question that traveling isn’t a pain in the patella for most people, but it is definitely worse those with limbs longer than the average, er, bird. Happy future travels!

“Ditched” by a friend

As a tall woman, you might have been told before that you’re height is considered a intimidating. Apparently, this perception doesn’t even change in Hollywood.

I remember hearing this particular story many years ago when the movie Circle of Friends was first released. It was rumoured that Minnie Driver, a fellow glamazon of ours, challenged the directors of the movie as they wanted her to appear taller than her co-star Chris O’Donnell. Driver, at a respectable 5’10” is apparently the same height as O’Donnell but there were scenes where she had to walk on the street where he took the higher sidewalk, or she walked in a small dug-out ditch in scenes walking through the woods. What!!!

Minnie Driver is quoted as having said the following, according to celebheights.com-

It’s just such discrimination. It’s heightism. I can’t bear it. It’s so unfair. It’s like, ‘What do you have a camera for if not to cheat angles and to work around it?’…To cast you aside because you’re 5-foot-10 is absurd.”

I’ve never claimed heightism before (or labeled anything as such), but it may be my new favourite word. Thanks Min!

(I’m kidding about the heightism thing. We’re not victims!

Maybe half kidding.)

Burdened with the Umbrella

Today our fair city had a reluctant reprieve from the beautiful spring weather when I awoke to grey skies and an ambitious drizzle.  I, for one, am a careless Vancouverite- that, or I have just accepted that an umbrella doesn’t really prevent my hair from getting frizzy in this moist weather.

I was thinking all day today about something that is unique to tall ladies in this weather and I fought off  the urge to discuss the cliche that we are first to experience the rain, being so much closer to the clouds.

Instead, let’s acknowledge that as the tall person amongst friends, we are always stuck carrying the umbrella. Not to say that others don’t offer- let’s be honest, however, that no matter how hard they try to keep that umbrella propped up above our heads, we always get bopped in the head with the pole, or the fabric from the umbrella rests on your head and is really what’s keeping that thing up although from behind it looks like the umbrella has a deformity.

Another fun moment is when your hair gets caught in the spokes and ripped out of your head at a sudden dip in the pavement, curve, or falter of your friend’s arm muscles.

At that, I insist- allow me, I will carry the umbrella!

G(l)ee, she’s tall!… Jane Lynch

Glee isn’t on until tomorrow night (oh, the days between Tuesday and Tuesday pass so slowly…), but when I think of tall women who are currently in the limelight, Jane Lynch and her shrewd character Sue Sylvester instantly come to mind. Do you love to hate her or what?

Jane Lynch is 6 feet tall and also recently played as Julia Child’s taller sister, Dorothy, in Julie and Julia– where she fell in love with and married a man significantly shorter than she was. I know it’s happened to some of us!

In the last few years, Jane has definitely been cast in a lot of memorable odd-ballesque type roles (remember her in 40 Year Old Virgin?… shudder) and I would say that she uses her height to her advantage as she uses that presence when necessary to impose herself and make others feel uncomfortable in a very comedic way. That, and her excellent sense of humour. Keep an eye on Jane’s future cinematic and television appearances through ye old IMDB.

Who’s that (tall) lady?

Maybe you don’t acknowledge that it happened, or laugh it off, or maybe even act a little annoyed. But you enter a crowded room, and people notice. “Who’s that tall lady?”

I thought by walking with my head down, shoulders slumped and back arched I became less visible. Well, the theory of “if I can’t see you, you can’t see me,” was never more untrue (although to be honest, it’s not much of a theory. It applies, what, 4% of the time?). You’re still seen, but much differently. And if you are going to be noticed anyway, be noticed looking proud to be you.

And you might be a tall teen (cause I have been there… oh, have I been there!), a tall twenty-something, a tall mommy, a tall bride, and tall professional, a tall retiree; you get it… and if so, this is for you.

So, welcome, fellow tall lady! As a lady of vertically enhanced stature, I decided it was time to extend my hand on the end of my lanky arm to all tall ladies. Here, we will focus on several amazonian afflictions and affections. And even some other things that I hope to surprise you with.

Stay tuned… for now, I’m going to sign off. I have a basketball practice to go to.