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Other[Casual Christmas] IAmA 36 year old bedwetter, and I wear diapers to bed every night. AMA.

Dec 26th 2017 by AdultEnuretic • 54 Questions • 51 Points

Greetings everyone my name is Ian and 10 years ago next month I flew home from Beijing on BA 38 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways_Flight_38).

This came up during the recent AMA from a flight attendant so here I am AMA.

Proof:

Here's the BBC article. There is an interview linked on the right hand side but it appears that the video is lost in RealPlayer hell.

and here's me now hiding from my in laws post Christmas.

Edit: Just taking a little break to watch the Snow Bears show on BBC 1 and the mandatory socialising. I'll be back in an hour or so to answer more questions.

Edit 2: I'm back now

Edit 3: Thanks everyone it's been fun. I'm going to go to sleep now but I'll check back tomorrow in case there are any urgent burning questions left over.

Q:

How supportive have your family and friends been?

When bedwetting occurs, do have realistic dreams about urinating? Or do you just wake up feeling wet/warm?

Has this affected your quality of sleep?

How do you wash the cloth diapers?

Do you / have you used cloth diapers for your two children?

A:

What stunts have you turned down as too dangerous?


Q:

ATC checking in. I was 4 months into my training at Heathrow as a young trainee ATC when I walked back upstairs from a break and was greeted to the sight of the BAW 777 coming over the fence and crashing. I probably had the best view of anyone of your near death experience! Up in the tower at first we thought the pilot was being a smart arse and trying to do a short landing to come off at one of the early exits, then it dawned on the controller in charge of that runway that shit was about to get real. There’s a good YouTube video of the ATC tape of my former colleague doing a fantastic job of co-ordinating the emergency. In it you will even hear the pilot calling the mayday and uses the incorrect call sign, he used the call sign BA use in their simulator when they PRACTICE emergencies, so they literally went into “auto pilot” mode.

It actually was a blessing that the plane landed short of the runway and in the grass, which was soft from the perpetual English rain, as it’s believed the runway surface may have caused a fire on impact. Having low amounts of jet fuel left in the tanks after a long flight also probably decreased the likelihood of fire.

10 years later, I have never seen anything like it in my career as an ATC, and I don’t wish to. The whole tower staff on duty were deeply affected for days afterwards but everyone involved from ATC, pilots, crew, ground staff, emergency services did an amazing job and turned a potential disaster into a Very British Plane Crash which caused some minor disruption, some grumbling about delays, and was mostly forgotten by the media in a matter of days.

How did it affect you afterwards? I see your sense of humour is still intact but did you have any PTSD or similar? I’m sure I’m not alone as an ATC/Pilot that has dreams about crashes or emergencies, some of which are based on my memories of your crash.

Thanks for doing this AMA

A:

My wife is supportive, my kids are mostly too young to care. My mother and mother in law know, and are generally supportive (just don't care really). None of my friends know.

Edit: I somehow missed most of the questions in the post.

I sometimes have dreams of peeing out wetting myself, usually i just wake up wet. I think the dreams are incidental to what's happening, rather than causing it.

It used to effect my sleep. I was always worried about leaking, and getting my wife wet. I got better diapers, and now leaks are very rare, so it isn't a problem. However, my sleep patterns are garbage in general. I've got terrible insomnia, and when I do sleep, I can't be awoken for anything. I regularly sleep through alarm, thunderstorms, earthquakes, my wife shaking me to get me up. I sleep like I'm dead.

I switched back from cloth, to disposable, for myself. When I was using them, I had to was then every 3rd day (or every third wet morning). I had to double up to be absorbent enough to be sure they wouldn't leak, and I couldn't reasonably way more than 6 at once, and get them clean.

We did/do use cloth for our sons. One is 5 now, and out of diapers, the other is one, and decidedly in them.


Q:

I haven't. Effectively there's always a way to make it doable.

A:

You probably had it worse as you could see how bad it was. I was listening to a show called what goes up might come down. Look it up, it's an after dinner speech by an ex ATC man.


Q:

Are you happy?

A:

Did you enjoy doing voice acting for Fallout New Vegas? How different was that for you than doing a more traditional role?


Q:

I was so glad to hear there was no fatalities in this crash, mostly due to the pilots expert crash landing. This is one of my favourite "Air Crash Investigations", did you see the episode?

The complexity of sequence of events that made the engines fail and the length the investigation teams went to try to reproduce the problem was good work all round.

edit: english

A:

Overall, yes. I've been unemployed for quite some time, and I've struggled with some depression, but not related to the bedwetting.


Q:

Loved it - would love to do more actually.

A:

I didn't. Lots of people mentioned to me that they saw it but I kinda knew the ending.


Q:

I’ve heard that trauma can cause bedwetting later in life. Have you experienced any additional stress or has any earlier trauma resurfaced, potentially causing the bedwetting this much later in life?

A:

Have you ever been asked to double for someone who you did not resemble in any way, shape or form? If so, did you take the job? What was involved in trying to mimic the main actress/actor?


Q:

What freaks me out about a crash landing is being trapped in a burning aircraft by passengers gathering their luggage. What was your reaction to other passenger's instincts to gather luggage rather than self survival?

A:

It definitely can, and it probably did.

I was having occasional episodes (every few months, to maybe twice a month at worst), and then right around my 30th birthday, I will my job, moved 1,000 Mike's to go back to grad school, and during my first semester I had a cancer scare. That kicked me back into regular wetting (several times a week). Then a few years later, I had a major medical emergency, with a large blood clot, and lots of embolisms, and the bedwetting kicked up again, to most nights.


Q:

I once had to double nz actor Kevin Smith who played Ares, god of war on Xena. I was required to wear a fake beard and mustache and strap my tits down. I still have pics. I make kind of a hot guy.

A:

My friend and I shared a look of "Seriously?!" and then used their delay to get the hell off the plane.

I didn't even grab my jumper. January on a runway at Heathrow in a t-shirt is not a warm experience. On the plus side Russia and China was colder so I was somewhat acclimatised.


Q:

How big is mike?

A:

What was it like on the hood of the car in Death Proof?


Q:

How were you reunited with all of your luggage? Did the airline gather it all up and put it on the carousel like normal? Was there much damage to passengers luggage?

A:

Mike is pretty darn big. A mile in fact.

Lol


Q:

Breezey, at times buggy.

A:

Mine was flatter but intact.

It took a few days before they could extract it from the wreckage and send it back in a taxi.


Q:

Oh no, I’m sorry to hear about all of the troubles you’ve been dealing with. I hope the dust settles for you soon.

A:

Hi, Zoe! How does one find their way to working in a stunt team? Like.. what would the requirements be, besides "be in great physical shape and maybe a little crazy"?


Q:

You gotta be fucking kidding me. I lose my luggage in a regular domestic flight and the dude who fucking crashes gets his in a few days.

A:

It has caused a cascade of other negative effects, and I'm now on 8 prescription medications, most of them daily, most of them (most likely) forever, but they mostly normalize me, so i can live normally.


Q:

Either having extensive experience in one thing - martial arts, gymnastics, motocross etc etc or a little in a couple is really helpful.

Being a good listener, a quick study and intuitive also makes it much easier for someone to hire you and then hire you again.

A:

To be fair I actually got my friends luggage first but her clothes don't fit me so I swapped back.


Q:

Oh goodness! Sorry to hear that :-/

A:

would you like to be cast more as an actress, or do you like primarily being working as a stuntwoman?


Q:

Wait, you swapped the luggage or the clothes!?

A:

It's ok. It's annoying but manageable.


Q:

Definitely. Before Thor, I hadn't been a stunt double in 8 years. I love it all but acting (doing my own stunts of course) and most recently directing are taking precedence.

A:

Both.


Q:

What class are you in destiny

A:

Have you ever stabbed anyone with a movie prop?


Q:

How much did you get in compensation?

A:

I play all three. I have about twice as many hours on my warlock as my other two, and I consider it my main, but I have almost 700 hours already, so i have 3 fully developed characters.


Q:

Only in my down time

A:

I got;

A 2 week holiday anywhere in the world for myself and 3 friends with business class flights.

5 years of gold level membership in the executive club.

Most importantly I got to go down the evacuation slide.


Q:

That what I like to hear! Warlock main as well

A:

Hi Zoe! I've heard lots of people clamoring/wishing for more awards recognition for stunt teams and the work they on set (I know SAG has recently added a category like this), but some think it will encourage more accidents due to increasingly dangerous stunts. What is your stance on this, as someone directly involved in the industry?


Q:

It's nice to see you have your priorities straight. ;)

A:

Floofer for life!


Q:

We already risk life and limb at times, that happens without awards being present. I used to be pretty reserved about it all - I love the hidden wonder, movie magic of it all and was happy to not have the spot light on our side of the biz. However, these day the behind the scenes are so exposed that's gone out the window and o be honest with so many other categories getting recognition - its painful that stunts isn't among them. So many movies would stand naked and soulless with the action removed. Its not just about risking life and limb its about the magic the stunt department brings to movies.

A:

What's worse is the plane was listing to the right so the slide wasn't as steep as it should be. I didn't think asking to go back and try the other side was a great idea though.


Q:

I was going to ask if that guy didn't. If you haven't picked up Destiny 2, it's merely okay. Lots of complaints about it so far. I've got it, I enjoy it, but there's a pretty large uproar on the Destiny subreddit about the quality.

A:

Can you tell us more about your character in Django? It felt like there was more to that character that was left on the cutting room floor.


Q:

There there. There'll be other crashes, sweetie.

A:

To clarify, I have almost 700 hours in D2. I was around 2k in D1.

I'm painfully aware of all the D2 shortcomings. V I'm one of those that Max light in a couple days, and have nothing to do.


Q:

Tracker Peg. We had a whole backstory for her and the other Trackers - kind of a fucked up love story actually. And there was a big fight but we never shoot it.

A:

Fingers crossed.


Q:

I've been watching the whole Eververse thing unfold - and I can't help but think that this was all decided and developed LONG before the Battlefront II fiasco. The fine line Bungie & Activision are treading is WAY too close the BF2. I can't imagine they watched all that stuff unfold and THEN decided to make their microtransactions so similar. I'm anxious to see what they do next, if only because they're terrified of the public uproar.

That being said, reddit is a 'small' community in the grand scheme of things, and if enough wallets open, this whole system won't change.

See you starside.

A:

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?


Q:

So where did you go??

A:

Honestly the Eververse doesn't really bother me. I've never bought a single piece of silver, and it doesn't affect game progression, so I think it's mostly harmless from a game play perspective. I don't think it's good to have RNG on in-game purchase, but that gambling angle is separate.

Eververse has been around continuously since TTK, so I would definitely say it predates the BF2 debacle. I thought Eververse was worse in D1 because there was no route to Eververse hear, except to pony up the plastic. At least D2 has the bright engrams, so you can grind for it if you want.


Q:

To be able to belt out a tune like Adele.

Or fly. Seems like it might feel the same.

A:

Trans-Siberian railway from England to China.


Q:

any problems with fart-shitting?

A:

Working on Death Proof, did you find it, I guess, more fun, since you were able to act AND do stunt work? You were such a BADASS in that film!


Q:

How was it? Would you recommend it?

A:

Sharting? No, not really.


Q:

Yep - I loved it!

A:

10/10 would crash again.


Q:

thats my jam.

A:

Was Cate Blanchett as fun to work with as she was on screen?


Q:

not flying again eh?

A:

You do you.


Q:

A straight up legend. Instant fav

A:

That was the way out. The flight home from that was the crash. Two weeks of train travel without an issue. One lousy 11 hour plane ride...


Q:

Hey I'm a girl [18] and I had the same problem until I was 12, but it kinda went away un it's own. My brother [15] on the other hand was not so lucky, he still has the same problem. I was wondering maby you have some ideas for ways to make him feel better about it? Has anyone ever said anything to you that make you feel better about it?

A:

Though it's definitely an unpopular opinion, Death Proof remains one of my favorite Tarantino flicks! What was your favorite scene to film in the movie? Thanks, Zoe!


Q:

I think the question was where did you go on free vacation anywhere in the world

A:

Yeah. When I was 21, I took a significant injury to the testicles, and had to go to a urologist. While I was there for a follow-up appointment, I mentioned that I still had intermittent problems with bedwetting. He barely reacted, and said I'd be surprised how many people do.

It's not really that rare, people just don't talk about it. He could visit us at r/adultbedwetting, and hear from others with the same issues, that are older than he is.


Q:

Hmmm..... I loved shooting the Res Dogs, around the table scene. It was my first real taste as an actor, of bouncing off other actors. It is just like when a fight goes right.

A:

Yeah I got lost in the trail of replies. The compensation holidays were to Antigua and then India.


Q:

They tend to go for Bambinos-brand diapers, and usually putting them on at night, to wear until mid-day.

A:

Hi Zoe! Never been in time for an AMA before! I love your work in QT's films! What is he like as a director, and what was the most fun you had on a film of his?


Q:

Came here to ask about the slide.

A:

Well, 14 hours in a single diaper, and anybody is going to start to smell.

I'm going to go out on a limb here ... Your friends are wearing diapers at night, to look "cool". You know what brand they wear specifically. It happens to be an AB/DL brand. When diapers are a game, people take the hygiene less seriously.


Q:

Me either - my first time!

QT is awesome, like a very tall, very brilliant kid in a candy store. A passionate, excitable, mischievous, meticulous, vivacious kid in a candy store. He's truly one of a kind.

A:

Sadly not as fun as I would have expected :(


Q:

Calm down crybaby.

A:

Loved the stunt work in Death Proof! That roof scene was insane. You really need for acting roles. And not so short like Hateful Eight.


Q:

Did they not let you have another go?

A:

Thanks Calvin.


Q:

Thank you!

A:

Something about it being too dangerous. Health and Safety gone mad I tell you.


Q:

As you get older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of?

A:

Did you try to put on the oxygen masks? or did you just bs right out of there?


Q:

Taxes

A:

I almost did, the impact dropped them but something in my mind kicked in and reminded me that it wasn't going to be much use on the ground.


Q:

Are there any folks in the industry (actors, directors , cinematographers,etc ) that you'd love to work with or just really admire ?

A:

But you can't assist others until your own mask is on!


Q:

Heaps. Catherine Hadwick, Kathryn Bigalow, Paul Fieg, more with Rosario Dawson, Heidi Moneymaker, KT Tunstall, more with Taika, more with QT, Dennis Villeneuve (sp?), Dante Harper, Emily Blunt, Chad Stahelski, Dave Chappelle..... shit this could take the full hour.

A:

I like to think I led by example and made my way swiftly to the door.


Q:

If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?

A:

Anybody act stupid while evacuating, like trying to retreive thier overhrad baggage or was it all for the door


Q:

Holy crap.... playing god much? Um.... We must all take responsibility for what happens in our lives. Always ask, what could I do differently to get a more ideal outcome.

Or always spread butter ALL the way to the edges of the toast.

A:

Far far too many.


Q:

Has there ever been a stunt that really made you nervous before doing?

A:

Were people panicked at all, or just sorta confused and shaken up?


Q:

Most of them. Even if its not dangerous - theres always performance anxiety!

A:

A mix of everything. I think confused and shaken up is the most common expression I saw that day.


Q:

Who is your favorite Marvel character?

A:

did it crash when it was supposed to be landing at the airport, or during the normal flight?


Q:

Um......Hela.

But I have been told Im more like Tony Stark

A:

Right at the end. Another hundred meters or so and we would have made it to the runway.


Q:

What's your method of choice for cleaning red wine stains out of a carpet?

A:

Did this cause a fear of flying for you, or someone close to you?

Did you have a concern for your life?

Did the other passengers reactions make it harder to stay calm?


Q:

Water and half a thing of salt

A:

No I still fly now whenever I can and look forward to it.

Not at all. I was oblivious to the whole thing so by the time I knew it could have been worse it was over so nothing to be scared about.

The other passengers stopping to get their bags before leaving just gave me a clear path to the exit so I didn't spend a long time stuck inside.

Edit:

My sister refuses to be on the same plane as me now. I like to think I've got a proven track record and everyone else is just untested.


Q:

What got you interested in stunt work?

A:

I guess you figured "I've been in one plane crash, statistically, what're the chances it'll happen again?"

edit: yes, I know thats not actually how statistics work.


Q:

Meeting people who were making a living out of flying, flipping and kicking! I was already doing all that and the thought of getting paid and having it bean all day everyday thing......? Whats not to get excited about!

A:

There was a guy on the flight who claimed it was his 4th or 5th plane crash and had also been in a helicopter one.

I treat it as there's nothing I can do about it so why worry. Plus each flight includes an entry in the prize draw for more free flights.


Q:

Were you ever asked to do something you thought to dangerous? And the obligatory war stories, have you been hurt?

A:

Plot twist: that guy was the pilot.


Q:

If ever I haven't trusted the set up - I hope I am surrounded by professionals that are wise and cool enough to have that discussion 0 often it just takes minor tweaks to taylor the gag to the person performing it.

Twice I have had serious injuries, once I thought I was invincible and didn't trust my boss and those wiser and more experienced,. The second time, I didn't trust my instinct and question my boss when I should have.

A:

Nah the pilot was a guy known in the industry as Perfect Pete.....


Q:

Do you have any recommendations on foods to eat when recovering from injuries?

A:

Wow thanks for the answer! One more question if I may:

What did the process after the crash look like? You got off the plane. What happened then until you got home?


Q:

Not sure I would call this a recommendation but my boyfriend just reminded me that on Kill Bll after I was injured, they kept me through the end. In Mexico, to drown my injury sorrows, when everyone left for work (at 7am) and I couldn't go, I would put on my togs (bathing suit) and my vacuum sealed plastic arm cast protector, jump in the pool and order chicken quesadillas and a recurring jug of margaritas. Not sure it helped my wrist but im convinced it made me feel better.

A:

We walked across the grass to a guy who was gathering up passengers without getting close himself. From there we were bussed to the terminal and had to chat with the police as they were immediately investigating it.

While I was chatting with them ("Are you okay?", "Yup", "Seriously?!") the border force were determining if we had the right to enter the country. I was lucky as I had my passport in my pocket. Those who didn't (like my friend) were asked questions to determine if they were actually resident in the UK or had permission to enter.

After that we were moved to the 1st class lounge to be held there till we were ready to go. Didn't stay long as they had cleared the alcohol away and turned all the TVs off.

After my friend and I met back up we got out and met up with her parents who had come to collect us and while walking back to their car a journalist for the BBC pounced on us in the car park for an interview.


Q:

what's something that most audiences don't notice but stunt people do in watching stunts in movies?

A:

What an eventful day. Shame the booze went(probably for the better now that I think of it).

Thanks for the answers!


Q:

New techniques. I am often rewinding stuff when Im blown away to see if its done practically or not

A:

Well it gave me plenty to talk about on the date I had arranged for 2 days later. Certainly impressed her enough that she stuck around long enough for me to marry her.


Q:

I loved you work, special Death Proof & Raze and I gotta you done awesome acting and producing and you did directing of Apocalypse Steven Hansen, would you do directing if you could or acting you main thing.

A:

Ahhh sounds like one if the 3 friends for the first class trip anywhere


Q:

I figure I am a big enough girl that I can do both!

A:

Business class. They reserve 1st class compensation for when they run out of tea on a British Airways flight.

And yes she loved the holidays. Sadly it gave her a taste for expansive hotels.


Q:

SO how can Lucy Lawless fly when Xena cannot?

A:

I've never understood it, I've always thought it would be a good deal to lose my luggage. In a crash. It's just a bag full of sudoku and twizzlers. But when I go to file the claim, suddenly my $500 designer bag was full of cash, new laptop, cell phone, and lots of expensive jewelry.


Q:

Don't know what you mean. We all have the fairy dust!

A:

I could easily have claimed for a new laptop and there would have been no questions asked.

Curse my honesty.


Q:

I'm a proud Dad to an 8-year-old Roller Derby player. She was inspired by seeing Derby played locally, but has also recently seen Whip It. She had her first 10-point jam just this last week!

What advice can you give someone her age on developing resilience, bravery, or further bad-assery?

A:

Did you get your bag back eventually? I would be scared of getting off without my phone / passport / wallet / medication at least. I guess all the other stuff I could replace easily.


Q:

Thats awesome! I mean, it seems like shes on the right track!

Check in with heraelf on the reg, is she loving what she is doing, who she is surrounded by, is she loving the effect she is having on others - if not what can she do to make it so - as much as poss a soften as poss!

A:

Passport was in my pocket.

Wallet was in my bag so I had to cancel all the cards in it.

Phone was an old Nokia brick so I left it at home.


Q:

Hi, Zoe! Huge fan of your work. Is there anything you're doing that's upcoming that you're really excited about? Thanks :)

A:

As I recall from the news reports it had been a totally normal flight right up until the last few seconds.
1. When did you realize that something had gone wrong? 2. Describe the impact and the first few seconds following. Were people more stunned or was there a sense of panic?


Q:

Thanks very much! I have just started directing this year - stoked! Keep an eye out first quarter of next year for a little number that I directed with Rosario Dawson as my lead! Also I have three features and two TV shows, one scripted one not, that I hope to get a fire under next year. I would love any and all support I can get - so fingers crossed! Thanks!

A:

I figured it was a rough landing. I just wasn't sure how rough.

There was some sense of concern. I think if you could see out a window you would have had a much better idea what was happening.

There were some people crying once we got off the plane and there were the people who stopped to get their hand luggage and a few people shouting at the crew.

The cabin crew was fantastic they got us all off quickly and safely.


Q:

Hiya Zoe!

Fell in love with the Kiwi accent when I saw you in Death Proof. Was wondering besides clashing knuckles and moving fast, what do you do on your off time? Stuff for fun just for you?

Thank you for running an AMA

A:

Wow. Just read the article. It seems like a the problem wasn't apparent until the very end of the flight. Did the crew have time to tell the passengers anything? Did you know the plane was going in for a hard landing before it happened?

Another question I had for any pilots or anyone with knowledge about aircraft: how would water get into the fuel lines? Isn't water a contaminant in a fuel system?


Q:

Taxes.

Bwa ha ha ha!!

A:

We didn't even get a call to brace. I remember looking out the window (across 3 seats because I was in the middle block) thinking we were coming down a little steep. I also heard a motor adjusting something which could have been either the flaps or landing gear as the pilot was doing his best to get maximum glide time.

The sad truth is I thought we'd come down a bit hard and then gone off the side of the runway. It wasn't until we got the call to evacuate and I went down the slide to be treated to the view of our undercarriage in the distance and half an engine leaking fluid that I realised just how bad it was.

I was sitting 7 or so rows back from the wing exit and I was the second person down the slide.

In the distance there was a man in a high vis jacket waving for us to head that way so off I set. I was also motivated by the smoker who on getting out of the plane and standing next to the engine decided that then was the time to light up.


Q:

How does it make you feel knowing that Deathproof is my favorite film?

Seriously, I love that movie and your stunt work is insane.

A:

How was he not immediately suffering from a fractured skull?


Q:

It makes me feel great.

A:

I'm not a tall man so my head doesn't reach the seat in front.

Now I'm sure the space between the seats has shrunk. Next time it happens I'll test it and let you know.


Q:

Do you have any pets? If so, can we see pics??

A:

What was the process for you like from landing to getting back home? More importantly did you get a lottery ticket on your way back?


Q:

We arent allowed at the place we stay. (sad face) But my first ever Cat's name was Negative. Mum thought it was a great name because it was black and white.

It had a bad attitude.

A:

I actually wish I had. The guy in the bank suggested it, I was in there cancelling my cards as they were still in the plane.


Q:

Hello Zoe!

How does it feel to know you can kick ass and to do so in such well received projects and films?

A:

Would you credit your survival to the fact that you had your tray table up and your seat back in the full of right position?


Q:

Pretty awesome

A:

More that the person in front did. If that had been reclined I could easily have smashed my head into the back of it.


Q:

Hi Zoe! Huge fan! What is your favorite flavor of milkshake?

A:

Would you credit the crash being caused by your cell phone not being in airplane mode?


Q:

Would have to be chocolate. Preferably with little chunks of choco!

A:

10 long years ago by phone was a Nokia brick that would have cost me a fortune to use overseas. That was sitting safely at home.

What's more likely was the terrible fruit machine game I was playing on the in flight entertainment that kept paying out so much I had already overflowed from the credit display and I was trying to see if I could wrap an integer value.


Q:

Can you talk about your experiences with Harvey Weinstein?

A:

That was sitting safely at home.

Let's be real, it doesn't matter where a Nokia phone is sitting, it's always safe.


Q:

Mine were never sexual just unpleasant.

Fuck that guy and the lives he has tarnished.

A:

No kidding I found it recently, battery still holds a charge.


Q:

What’s your favorite movie? (Or top 3)

A:

How do people react when you tell them about this? Is it a lot of sympathy, or shock, or disbelief? Seems like such an interesting conversation piece.


Q:

I deeply dislike favourite questions! I find they make my mind go numb and start emanating a constant dull ringing sound.

A:

Depends on the person. Work colleagues who travel a lot are jealous of the gold card, now sadly expired. Most people start out concerned then get jealous over the holidays.


Q:

What's your favorite color?

A:

What did having the gold card get you?


Q:

It used to be blue - but I think that was just cause t was reserved for the boys. Now I like sunny oranges.

A:

Use of the first class lounge and check in desk no matter what ticket class I bought. This along with the fast lane in security was what I used the most.

Priority upgrades though I can't say I ever got one.

Priority boarding. Handy when the flight is busy and you want to be sure you can stow your hand luggage but otherwise why would I want to see on a plane longer?


Q:

Hi Zoe I’m a big fan! I love the movies you have done for Quentin Tarantino and I was wondering just how real the “ship’s mast” game is from death proof. That chase scene is one of my all time favorites in film and it looks so real? Were you really on that hood with only belts to hold onto?

A:

How was China?


Q:

I really was on that hood, we really were going that fast and its one of my favourites too

A:

Freezing cold. I went to Harbin for an ice and snow festival, failed to order dumplings in a dumpling restaurant, tobogganed off the great wall and ate huge amounts of duck in Beijing.


Q:

Sounds chill.

A:

All terrible puns aside it was at times below -25C. At one point I thought the hotel bathroom floor had underfloor heating actually my feet were just so cold the tiles felt warm.


Q:

Before urbanization and all that harbin used to get a lot colder in the winter. My dad said when he was a kid it would once in a while hit -40. If you're peeing outside you would have to hit you pee with a stick just so it doesn't freeze while you're going at it. I spent a few years of my childhood in harbin. Really interesting place with a lot of Russian architecture. Too damn cold though.

A:

It was so cold that I didn't spend much time outside. I think it made it to -30C but my thermometer failed at -25. Really once it's that cold you stop caring.

I went to a dumpling restaurant to get warm food and not speaking Chinese they brought me a hand translated menu that they had laminated. Unfortunately it was in Russian so I guessed what to tick on it and got a selection of cold cuts.


Q:

Did you and the other affected persons got compensation from the air company?

A:

I managed to get 2 holidays out of them. I was travelling with a friend and I took her, her boyfriend and my significant other on my compensation holiday and she then did the same for me.

I also got a new camera and replacement mp3 player as mine were tragically "destroyed".


Q:

Do you have an opinion of the 10 passengers that decided to file the lawsuit a year later for $1 million each? Were you ever contacted about it?

A:

I was asked to be a witness for Boeing though it never went that far that they needed me.

I was perfectly happy with the compensation I received and while sure a big pile of money would have been nice I genuinely couldn't claim that it had such an effect on me that I would require that much money.


Q:

Do you use this story to get bumped to first class?

A:

I wish. With me frequent flyer card I'm sure it appears whenever I check in. I once got bumped to business on a flight to Texas which was great I was sitting there watching The Revenant and realised I had a massive grin on my face while Leo was being eaten by a bear. Must have been a little off putting for anyone walking past.


Q:

whats your favourite kind of soup?

A:

Tom Yum with mushroom.


Q:

Firstly this is going to sound weird but this is one of my “favourite” crashes. I for one reason or another enjoy reading up on plane crashes and I’ve always enjoyed the story of this one. Anyway my question is, what was your first thought after impact? Did you initially sense something was wrong or was there a sort of “holy shit we just crashed” moment?

A:

"That was a rough landing, did we go off the side of the runway?"

As it happens it's my favourite crash as well.


Q:

What was your reaction to looking at the plane when you got out?

A:

Well bugger me.


Q:

Very glad you made it through that traumatic experience. Did it go in slow-mo for you crashing? How fast did it feel? When you were falling, what were your thoughts when all of this was going on when you were going down? Are you more aware and safe how when you travel to fly? And lastly, did you see anyone overly panic or pass out through being scared or panic? Thanks.

A:

I always read the safety card and check where my exit is. And I do pay attention to the cabin crew when they do their safety briefing in case they sneak something new in I should know about.

Spoiler alert: They haven't yet.


Q:

When the plane was landing i assume you were sitting right? So does it hurt and how big is the impact to the insides of the aeroplane?

A:

For this one I have to assume it was about as gentle as it can be and still be a crash landing. I was sitting and wearing my seat belt. The most pain was from my hand being flung forwards into the seat in front.


Q:

Where did you go on your compensation holiday?

A:

I took my friends to Antigua. We learned to S.C.U.B.A. dive and drank a vast quantity to rum.

My friend took us on a tour of India.


Q:

How long were you kept in the airport afterwards? Did you need to be interviewed by anyone and how soon did the media try to get at you?

A:

It was a few hours to get processed past the police and immigration.

After that we got jumped on by the BBC as we walked through the carpark telling my friends parents about it.

I also got the local papers and the radio calling me from the next day. I'd love to know for sure where they got my contact details from.


Q:

What was the first thing your family said when you came back?

A:

I called in at my parents house on my way home and my dad greeted me with "Saw you on TV"

My sister had to be sent home from work because she was panicking having seen the news. It was a bit pathetic on her part because she didn't actually know I was on that flight she just assumed I was.

My cat just looked at me expecting food.


Q:

What was your first distinction that made you realise something was wrong?

A:

The grumbling noise of soil against the fuselage.


Q:

Did you rush to the slide to get away from the crash, or to go before the people who had peed their pants?

A:

Definitely to get to go first.


Q:

Did you get your carry-on and hold luggage back?

A:

Yes it was all put in a taxi and sent back a few days later. They mixed my friends and my bags up so I did wonder where the lace underwear and bras had come from for a few minutes before my brain caught up.