After a month off from writing, I’m finding myself with some time on my hands and thought I’d post here. Elle’s right–this is tough to keep up with! I’m sitting in New Delhi where it’s 91° (but feels like 99°) at 1:40 in the morning! Last month turned out to be busier than I expected. After operating to Paris, we had a nice 36-hour layover where we got to meet some other pilots and eat some good French food, including mille feuille. I was excited to see it because Elle and I had recently learned about it as we re-watched The Great British Bake-off from the beginning. After that first night, we had a short trip to Milan where we got some shopping and good eating accomplished. Then we went to work. One night of Milan-Frankfurt-Paris, and then 3 nights in a row Paris-Cologne-Paris. We were whipped by the end and had a good break when we got a 36-hour layover at the end before heading back to Memphis. After that trip I was sure my flying was done. After all, I had only 22 hours left, and everyone assured me the schedulers wouldn’t use me for a trip that […]
I’ve been off the blog for awhile because I haven’t been to work. My desire to spend time typing is low to begin with, and it really wanes when I’m home with my family. I finished my last trip from Milan to Memphis in March and then flew back to Orlando. I visited a local dentist because they advertised they make crowns in house, and I wanted to get my new crown in one visit. Unfortunately the dentist said the bone decay under my tooth was too advanced, and that tooth needed to be extracted. He also said I’d probably need implants to keep my upper teeth from growing down into the gap left by the extracted tooth. The Air Force said the same thing when they extracted the tooth’s neighbor 8 years ago. Their solution was to wear a mouth guard the rest of my life to keep my upper teeth in place. That lasted a few months before I just stopped wearing the guard. 8 years later my upper teeth haven’t moved down a milimeter. Despite the dubiousness of the dentist’s claim, I had already decided years ago to get implants should that second molar be pulled. I […]
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 more beneficial than only one long rest. I slept pretty well during our first rest, and then while we were up front for the short period we got to see a lot of China. The weather was beautiful, and it was easy to see the many towns, military bases (we think) and other odd buildings that just seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. On the second rest I just read the whole time, and then we got back in the seats for the landing. The approach was one we don’t often have to fly, meaning the normal level […]
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 shower and wish time would stop for a bit. There was a delay that caused the captain to be behind on his preflight. That gave me a lot of time without interruptions, and surprisingly I was able to complete all my duties promptly. Later he said it was my “best leg” and that I was “finally up to speed,” a backhanded compliment that was really saying “I didn’t say anything the last 4 legs but I was unhappy with your performance.” I had to chuckle a little and bite down hard to avoid saying it had a lot to do […]
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 my way! I was whipped when we got to Narita, but like always the act of checking in and getting to the room woke me up a bit. After chatting with e, I went to the convenience store in the hotel and bought a bit of food. After eating I messed around on my phone a bit, then climbed into bed to take a nap before meeting up for dinner. Well, by the time I finished reading Facebook and a good bit of Jack Reacher, I didn’t go back to sleep until 3pm. I woke up at 11pm, then again […]
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 not yet totally out of sync with E and the boys. Just wait, my schedule will be totally screwed up by the time I get home! 😉 International travel is fun, and I do enjoy the time even when we’re off cycle from the world. I spend a lot of time awake at night and sleeping during the day, and usually I’m unwilling to go outside in the city in the middle of the night. I think that just makes sense. So what do I do? Yesterday we got to the hotel by about 3:30 am after a 3-hour flight from […]
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 I needed to. Anyway here’s me at the Concourse E food court and free wifi zone. The free wifi doesn’t extend to the departure gate so looks like I’ll be here awhile.
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. e’s due on the 18th with our second boy. We’re both pretty excited but just last night were talking about how much of a change a baby is going to make even though we’ve been through this before. Now that so much time has gone by, I’m not nearly as bubbling with excitement as I was when I first got here. It will still be great to surprise them, but as of now I’ve spent almost more time sitting here in the chair than I will be in flight. Hey, at least they have free wireless while we’re waiting!