Bring Your Own Presents: 'Is This Seat Taken?'

Jun 5, 2014

Jeanie Riess, living and working in the Mississippi Delta, all alone...
Credit Jeremy Stern

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 in the end she still came out on top.

*Bring Your Own is brought to you by Laine Kaplan-Levenson. For details and more stories, go to