I take it Drew, you flew somewhere over the Midwest this weekend???
Usually it doesn't bother me. I actually LIKE a bumpier ride (it makes me feel more like Im in a car... Easier on my stomach.)
I flew from O'hare to Lousiville on Thursday on a tiny little 20 seater. Ride was MODERATLY bumpy the whole way, but then we hit a pocket during a fairly steep banking turn while we were lining up for landing, and I LITERALLY thought the plane was going to flip over. Stewardesses fell over onto passengers, stuff fell off tray tables and into the aisles, etc... We all instinctively grabbed the seats in front of us, so I knew I wasn't alone in thinking we were done for... Later confirmed with my wife (who was 3 rows behind me...) that she thought we were about 5 seconds away from the pilot winning the "John F. Kennedy Jr.- Great Achievements in Aviation Award."
Coming home from my honeymoon years ago, one of our engines flamed out (it was night and I was seated near the wing) and we had to make an emergency landing, complete with all the trucks alongside the runway, that being stated any time I fly (and that is RARELY) any bump during the flight almost sends me into a complete breakdown.
Turbulance has only really bothered me once. A friend and I were flying down to Texas and hit some nasty chop. The airplane was bopping around so hard that it knocked the stewardess' off their feet, one of them landing in the empty seat next to me. She quickly buckled in right there and gave a somewhat concerned look which didn't help my panic much. Made it through okay though. For me, the worst part of flying is the 1st 5 minutes during and after take-off. It seems to me that if anything is going to go wrong, that would be the time. After that, a vodka/tonic usually does the trick.
I attempted to smuggle a 6 pack once. I eventually got through (with the brew), but not before I spent 1/2 hour at the security booth while they were working to confirm the presence of dangerous chemicals (bombs ingredient) whose traces had been detected on the bottles.