Bring Your Own: “Is This Seat Taken” by Jeanie Riess

Editor’s Note: Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on “All Things New Orleans” and is a biweekly podcast on

This story was told on April 3, 2014 at the Alvar Library, and later produced by Karen Gardner. The theme of the evening was ‘On the Verge” and here, winner Jeanie Riess tells of a plane ride that seemed to be going south, but she still came out on top.


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