Had the best crew ever this month. It’s too bad we all have different schedules next month. Btw, I got a line! Woot, woot! Well, bc Denver is such a small base for us, I’m able to hold a line. Thank you, Baby Jesus!
And our schedule ended up being cut short bc it started with a mechanical problem with our plane. We were supposed to fly…
Tues: DEN ORD BOS – layover
Wed: BOS SFO SAN – layover
Thu: SAN DEN – home!
Well, bc of the mechanical, they ended up having reserves in ORD replacing us and we just deadheaded to SFO!! And we got our trip back in SFO to SAN. There was no BOS, which rocks. I got paid for the original trip. I pray that I keep a line FOREVER and EVER! They say it’s a whole different job. And it is. Sigh… But anyways, this whole month was great with Heidi-Hoo and DallasTexas.
So, btw, I’m trying to get back to running. And it’s a chore right now. Once I’m doing it, it’s not a problem. But getting there is the hardest. Today I had the beautiful San Diego weather and the pier inspiring me and then tacos at the corner taqueria enticing me. Lol.
The Jingle Bell Run – Denver is Dec 8th. My meetup group is meeting up and doing the race. I haven’t actually register yet bc I was doubting myself, but today I tried seeing how well I would do at 3 miles. I did ok. I jogged most of the first 2 miles and walked/jogged the last mile. It was a bit challenging. I’m so far from where I was ten years ago. That’s just funny writing that. Of course I’m not the same person nor in the same shape as I was at 25! Hello, silly girl (woman)! I do want to get back to running though. One step at a time.
Today, I had a jumpseater who’s sorta new. She was very upset. I figured out she was on ‘term warning’. What a bummer. I remember the first (and only) time I was put on term warning. Ugh, it’s the worst. In this industry, it’s quite different. I used to have a desk job in finance and I always felt HR and my supervisor were on my team. Um, not so much for flight crew. Not knocking management, but it’s just different. We have so many policies and it’s all about customer service and being on time. But with that comes long hours (16 hour duty days), short layovers/overnights – sometimes only 5-6 hours of sleep, and sometimes, if you’re on reserve, you can get jipped out of a day off (technicalities). It’s all about knowing your contract and flying under the radar. No pun intended.
But I wouldn’t want to do anything else. It can be the best job ever! I have gotten the chance to see other cultures and eat amazing food and meet new friends from all around the world. I got a chance to live right next door to NYC and move to Denver. Would never have had the opportunity before. I don’t fly international anymore flying out of Denver (which btw, shouldn’t be an excuse). I plan on getting my brother to some great destinations. First step is get him a passport.
I think it was 2009 when on reserve, they called and told me I was going to Rome! What!? It was so awesome. I got to deadhead (sit as a passenger and get paid) to Rome and then see what I could see in 24 hours before coming back. I went. I saw. I drank Peronis in the streets and I conquered!