Nashville native Lacie Waldon — a flight attendant for 16 years — chases drug sellers, crashes costume events and joins an in a single day, outside sing together with the unhoused between flights
Between flights, she has staked out drug sellers, crashed costume events and joined an in a single day sing-along at a park outdoors her lodge.
Flight attendant Lacie Waldon, proud member of the McGavock Excessive College Class of 1996, had had experiences that rival fiction.
Waldon, 43, is out June 15 along with her first novel, “The Layover,” a summer time romance learn she partially wrote on the job from her jumpseat.
Throughout a Mom’s Day journey again to Nashville, Waldon, additionally a Center Tennessee State College graduate, shared some real-life layover tales with The Tennessean.
A plot to catch the unhealthy guys
Throughout a layover in Nashville, Waldon met her highschool bestie, Carey Web page. (“The Layover” is devoted to Web page.)
Web page was dwelling in her new home, and she or he instructed Waldon a few be aware on the door of her outdated place that learn, “Simply ran out for 5 minutes — please depart package deal by the door.”
Satisfied that unhealthy guys have been having one thing unlawful delivered, Waldon and Web page hatched a plan to refill a FedEx field with trash, stake out the home and swap no matter package deal is delivered with their field of rubbish.
When the FedEx truck reveals, a automobile was trailing it. That does nothing to cease Waldon from leaping out of their automobile, grabbing the FedEx field, shoving into the automobile and rushing away along with her buddy driving.
Certain sufficient, the opposite automobile begins chasing them, and when Waldon and Web page see a police automobile, they pull up proper subsequent to them and begin spilling out the story.
“The officer’s like, ‘Decelerate, girls!’ And we’re like, ‘this man, you need to go get him!'”
The police did not give chase, however they ultimately did open the field — which had eight shrink-wrapped packages of marijuana inside.
Whats up, my identify’s Fiona
Throughout a layover in Seattle, tons of individuals attending conventions gathered for a dressing up celebration within the lodge the place Waldon was staying.
“Folks have been dressed up in loopy costumes, a lot of burlesque outfits, all very dramatic,” she stated.
Waldon met a celebration goer who gave her a wig with lengthy, straight hot-pink hair. Waldon put it on and created a persona for herself — Fiona, a tattoo artist who was horrible at her craft.
Later within the night time, partiers began giving one another tattoos, and for only a minute or so, “Fiona” thought of getting one. She didn’t.
A bit of ditty about Jack and Diane
Waldon, who lives along with her husband in Washington, D.C., at all times tries to remain on Jap Commonplace Time when she travels.
So a layover in Portland, Ore., had her up at 3 a.m. able to work out. However the lodge health club was locked in a single day, so she determined to take a fast stroll round a park behind her lodge.
She ultimately got here throughout a dozen or so individuals who have been unhoused gathered round a man enjoying guitar and singing. Quickly, everyone seems to be singing alongside to traditional rock and pop songs like “American Pie,” “Jack and Diane” and “Candy House Alabama.”
In T-shirt and yoga pants, Waldon discovered herself drawn towards them, singing alongside softly herself.
“I am getting nearer and nearer, after which I am sitting with them and we’re all singing our hearts out,” she stated, smiling. “I did that for an hour. It was an actual sing alongside.”
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A thumbs-up from USA As we speak
“The Layover” made a USA Today list of “the best summer rom-com books that made us sizzling and bothered in the most effective manner.”
A reviewer known as the e-book “a tropical, enjoyable and flirty summer time learn very best for a seashore day.”
Launch date: June 15
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