Sunday, March 25, 2007

Time to make a change

This is my face. I've had to work with this face for 2 days. Sure, most of you, when you receive a sunburn such as this, you have to deal with the 15 or 20 people you work with. I have to deal with at least 500-600 people a day.

Actually its been fun. Good conversation starter, and maggie told me it makes me look manly.

Ok get this:

There are these light bulbs. they are called CFL's. (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs) You can get them at Target, they cost a little more than normal light bulbs, but save you money in the long run, because you don't have to replace them as often.

But heres the cool thing. They use 2/3 less energy than normal light bulbs (incondescents only convert 2% of the energy it receives into light) they produce 70% less heat, and they produce nice cool colors. If we all converted to these types of bulbs, carbon emissions would be cut by something like 60-70%. For Real.

I heard that last statment somewhere, and I can't recall, so it may not be completely accurate. But I remember being floored when I heard it. If people can't go and replace their light bulbs for THAT MUCH effect on the environment (even if you don't care about the environment, the bulbs will save you $30/bulb over the liftime) then you're just a flat out drain on society. We have no need for you. Harsh, I know, but theres no other way to put it.

Anyway, I would go back that statement up, but I'm too tired. I've had a terrible day.

We left reno and arrived in vegas. we sat on the plane for 20 mins at the gate because the jetbridge wouldn't pull up. finally, we get everyone off, then get the other passengers boarded, and our lavs won't work. We deplane everyone, finally get another plane, and head out for philly an hour and a half late.

we get to philly, do our normal turn, then head home for chicago. We've got a lot of people worried about connections, and we've got them all information. We know gate numbers, which flights may hold, which won't, etc.

we get to chicago, seatbelt sign goes off, people trying to connect jump up and wait for us to open the door.

unfortunately the jetbridge is broken. IN 2 1/2 YEARS IVE HAD MAYBE 1 JETBRIDGE BREAK. now we've had 2 in 1 day. 20 mins later, still broken. we've already seen with our own eyes one of our passengers connecting flight to jackson, ms leave. sad.

we finally get everybody back in a seat, luggage stowed, so we can push to another gate. 10 mins later finally get them off. We block in at 8pm and I've gotta be back at the airport at 5:30am tomorrow. I'm going to bed.


Thursday, March 22, 2007

You Know You Live In Colorado If...

This is what your DINING ROOM looks like. Notice the complete lack of a TABLE FOR EATING.

Heres some other cool pics of the last couple weeks. Make sure you click on the pics and enlarge them to really see them.

Note: That is a Fox that you are seeing

I have mood music.

This past week, I was driving around in 70 degree and sun-shining weather. Weather like that calls for only 1 musician: Van Morrison. Nothing beats it on a feel-good day. I'm not sure if I have any rainy day-foul mood music, but I'm interested if anyone else has a musician that they immediately turn to when they are in certain moods.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Red Pepper FIESTA!

More often than not, whenever I go up to the cockpit to meet the guys (or gals) who will be driving us ..ahem..i mean flying us around for the day, the look at me and say "Jeremiah Jackson??? you ever seen JEREMIAH JOHNSON?" Well I got fed up with saying no. So this week, while at target, I stopped by the electronics department to see if they had it. Sure enough, for $8, I could own it. So now I do.

Deanna came over, and like usual, we cooked dinner and watched a movie.

this is where things got interesting. I just bought a "20 minute meals for dummies" book, and I selected an easy pasta dish for me to whip up. It was a simple recipe, calling for an onion, red peppers, and pasta.

anyways, the recipe fed 4-6, and obviously since we only had 2, we scaled it back a bit on everything, except of course, for the red pepper. I can't say that I wasn't in my right mind, though in hind-sight, I wasn't. So we put it all together, sit down and as I'm setting up the movie Deanna says "mmm, this is spicy! and flavorful!" and really, it was good, but after 3 bites, I looked over at her and we were both obviously in complete pain. I started tearing up. I accidently breathed a pepper in and my chest was burning (Is this what heartburn feels like ?) It was so bad neither of us could concentrate on the movie. Deanna tried adding pasta, which apparently helped a bit, but I just kept shoveling it in in hopes that I could finish it before my head completely combusted. I'm pretty sure that my face was a firey red.

So needless to say I learned an important lesson last night.

But the movie was quite excellent. Great quote movie. Heres a sampling:

-"keep your nose in the wind, and your eyes along the skyline."

-"some think you're dead. Others think you never will be."

-"Where you headed?"
"Same place you are, Jeremiah. Hell, in the end."

Jeremiah Johnson: Ain't that hair I see on your head, Del?
Del Gue: I figured that when I depart this life I'd like to leave something behind even if just to be remembered on some man's lodge pole.
Jeremiah Johnson: Sound thinking, Del.

In other news, It's almost time to change sports. Skiing conditions yesterday were horrible. almost 60 degrees out there. icy in the morning then slushy. So i'm tearing apart my bike and getting it ready for the summer!


Sunday, March 11, 2007

The TV Drama

Here I am waiting at the gate podium in Kansas City trying to get back home to Denver. Its spring break, that dreaded time when kids run around in matching shirts. I sure don't remember having this much vacation when I was in school.

Anyway, I'll take this opportunity to explain to all the world why I cannot...I REPEAT...I CANNOT watch T.V Dramas. I know about 24. I know about Lost. Lost actually holds the record for keeping me watching the longest. I think I got to season 2. I watched season 1 of prison break. I've seen some E.R. But inevitably, I'll stop watching.

How would you like to go to the theater, and sit down for a movie. Except that it never ended. The reel would only stop spinning when everyone left the building.

Thats basically how I feel about TV dramas. I doubt anybody will ever find out what ACTUALLY is going on on that God forsaken Island. Because at some point everyone will get so fed up and will stop watching. THEN they will pull the plug on the show, and we'll find out that the writers THEMSELVES never had a clue what was going on.

Its just like a movie that never ends. And theres a one week..if not multiple week...intermission every hour. I end up forgetting what was ever going on in the first place. So when we take a break for SEVERAL MONTHS in-between seasons, I won't even pretend to care.

At Josue's Tennis match

Hooray for Kevin's Wedding! (Sorry mel, you mistimed your jump.)

But thanks to Mel for this fun bubble shot.


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

My Sentiments Exactly

"That is the way of vacationing nowadays for many people. The whole idea is not to expose yourself to a moment of discomfort or inconvenience-indeed, not to breathe fresh air if possible. When the urge to travel seizes you, you pile into your thirteen-ton tin palace and drive 400 miles across the country, hermetically sealed against the elements, and stop at a campground where you dash to plug into their water supply and electricity so that you don't have to go a single momet without air-conditioning or dish-washer and microwave facilities. These things, these RVs, are like life-support systems on wheels. Astronauts go to the moon with less backup. RV people are another breed-and a largely demented one at that. They become obsessed with trying to equip their vehicles with gadgets to deal with every possible contingency. Their lives become ruled by the dread thought that one day they may find themselves in a situation in which they are not entirely self-sufficient."

Couldn't have said it better myself.

This has been an excerpt from Bill Bryson's "The Lost Continent." If you've never read any of his stuff, I highly recommend reading "A Walk in the Woods" first then proceed directly to any other book, because they are all spectacularly funny, even if you don't care about the country he is writing about.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Battle Wounds

So I hurt my arm snowboarding. Not bad, but just hurts. I was hoping it would turn freakishly purple and blue so I could show it off...but it wouldn't cooperate, until just a couple days ago when i looked in the mirror.

sweet. and don't forget to notice the yellowish tint all the way up my arm.