Our second stay in Guangzhou was shorter than the first. I had time to take a nap, go to breakfast, take another nap, then hang around in the room until the late wakeup call. The captain chose to do a long, long, short, short rest cycle for the trip to Cologne, meaning we had about 3.5 hours on, 3.5 off, 2 on then 2 off before getting back in the seat for the landing. At the last company we used to split all the flights right in half, but current fatigue studies suggest breaking the rest periods up can be […]
After the excessive amount of sleep the night before, I wasn’t able to go to bed very early in Japan. Part of the problem was the room temperature. Instead of a thermostat with a number, there’s a rheostat that goes from cool to warm with no numbers. I guessed how cool I wanted it, and I guessed wrong, waking up at least twice to turn it down more. When the phone call came in to wake me up, I was sound asleep and dreaming. Luckily I had mostly packed the night before, giving me extra time to stand under the […]
Ok I managed to break my 1-day posting streak because I was just too tired when we landed in Narita. I was tired when I woke up in Guangzhou, though I’d slept a solid 7 hours before the trip. The trip was relatively uneventful, though the captain continues randomly flying the airplane for me for no reason. I get it, I’m new, but rather than proceeding from a presumption of competence and correcting mistakes, he just does things for me and says he wasn’t sure if I was going to do it. I was, but somebody else’s hand was in […]
It’s been 5 years since I posted anything here. I’ve been on a lot of adventures since then that have been documented in thoughts, pictures, and my #1 fan’s blog. She suggested I start writing again instead of deleting the blog as planned, so I’m jumping right in rather than trying to recap the last 5 years. Sunday, March 4, China Time I’m in Guangzhou near the end of a 48-hour layover. We came in at 3 in the morning and leave at about 1am. That sounds bad until you realize it’s a fairly decent schedule back home, meaning I’m […]
Well after days of calling and over 100 emails for a single flight, I got to go meet the C-130 tonight, hence the flight suit. It’s only been a couple of weeks bit it was funny how much I missed that sound.
I thought today was worth a second post, mainly since I’ve got 2 hours to kill until takeoff for Bogota. I haven’t flown internationally on civilian airlines too many times, so I was surprised that I didn’t have to go through any sort of customs in order to get to the gate. I keep imagining that I’ll get to the gate after all this waiting and they’ll tell me I need to go get my bags from my first flight and walk through customs with them, but I’m fairly certain they wouldn’t have allowed me to go this far if […]
Well I was going to once again resurrect my blog with a photo-a-day from my six-month deployment to Colombia, but due to a flight delay I won’t be leaving home today. It’s weird because of course I don’t want to leave my family for six months and E doesn’t want me to leave, but we got ourselves geared up for it so could I please just leave already? Nope, not until Sunday at the earliest. Here’s a photo anyway just to see how it works.
I’m sitting here in the passenger terminal where’ve been for nearly 4 hours now, but I’m thrilled to be here! Yesterday I got late word that I would be able to maintain my flying currency at Ramstein and that they’d like me to come right up. e and MJ have been up there for 2 weeks now and were expecting to see me a week from today. Now that I have a reason to go TDY I’ll be able to go see them a week early, fly for a week, and then go into my pre-baby permissive TDY and leave. […]
Well it’s been a good long while since I wrote that last post and I still haven’t gone back to delete it. Naturally it turns out that a good portion of it is wrong because the AF hasn’t unmasked advanced degrees, but as my current boss pointed out that doesn’t mean my previous boss didn’t hold it against me. He also didn’t rule out the possibility of him holding it against me so no telling what my recommendation will look like this time around. Some things I did find out are that my performance reports for the last 5 years–as […]
After more than 15 years I’m starting to get the first signs of a major relationship problem. Not with e, thankfully, we’re doing just fine. I’m talking about the Air Force. I’ve been in a committed relationship, you might say, for nearly 16 years now. In fact, I don’t have the option of trying to leave until 2013. The Air Force, on the other hand, has no such obligation to me. It demonstrated as much by letting me know that I wasn’t worth promoting to lieutenant colonel this time around. Being passed over puts me in the bottom 25% of […]