Friday, September 28, 2007

Property of: Crew Scheduling

Just a few days ago, while on the last day of a 3-day trip, I had to work from Washington-Dulles all the way out to Vegas, then one more leg back to Chicago. Literally 5 minutes before we worked that last leg back to Chicago, the phone in the Jet bridge rang.

"Are you Jeremiah?"

"yyeeeessss???"

"Telephone!!!"

It was scheduling, telling me I was to get off the plane and work to sacramento, then san diego, then back to vegas and stay there for the night.

Apparently a flight attendant, while at the airport about to begin her day, got a phone call and got bad news about some medical tests she had. So she called in and went home. Luckily I was right next door and there was another FA on my flight deadheading (just take a ride, not work, for positioning purposes) to chicago. No more, she had to work.

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Every couple months I'm nothing but a puppet. 15 or so people sitting in a room in Dallas hold the strings and do pretty much whatever they want with me. Literally, I'm nothing but a name and number, and they send me wherever they want to. And once they send me somewhere, they will pull you in a heartbeat because you are on reserve for the month. (not the entire month, just your days) And crazier still, they trust me to do what I'm supposed to. Which sometimes is unwarranted.

Beverly, a girl in my crash pad, was telling me last night that they got re-routed in Vegas, and they were supposed to Deadhead from vegas to San diego. So they get off their plane, lose track of time, and end up missing their deadhead.

oops.

On reserve they give you a 2 hour callout...meaning once they call you, you have 2 hours to get there. So what do they do when they need someone sooner??

Last night I sat airport standby, which is basically sitting around at the airport for 5 hours so they have someone there...ready to go should they need you. Luckily we have a giant flight attendant lounge underneath the airport concourse, complete with vending machines, wireless internet, leather couches, 1 big screen tv and 1 flat screen, all with satellite tv.

You sit down there and wait. Watch tv, talk with people, the other 2 people on standby (they like to keep an entire crew, or 2, down there at a time)and browse the internet. You actually forget that there is an entire world just 10 feet above you busily flying to different parts of the country, going about their lives, while you sit there and literally waste yours. If you go up to find something to eat, its kind of like coming out of a movie theater.

"where did these people come from? whats going on? when did it get dark outside? what???"

So wierd.

Luckily last night it was thursday, which meant premier night of one of my favorite shows: The Office. Couple that with the Cubs on TV losing to the Marlins...AGAIN, So I was pleasantly entertained for evening.

So after my 5 hours was up and I hadn't been used, I called scheduling, they released me, and I went back to my crash pad, just to sit on reserve today all over again. I don't sit around very well, so luckily they gave me a trip for the next three days (philadelphia-providence) to keep me busy.

I'm not on reserve next month. I'm back in control of my life.

-JJ

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

LOL: This is stupid

MNE Ps dnt bleev der is a gNA8N d/c b/t em n thr teen.


WHAT??


MNE Ps dnt bleev der is a gNA8N d/c b/t em n thr teen!!!!


Can you understand that?? Yeah, me neither. If you have a teenager, please have them read that. Because I'm convinced they can't. I don't think anyone can. Now without hours of study.

It's from an ad that reads: DO YOU SPEAK TEEN?" Now cmon. Att has been using tv ads that tout texting and using "text language" like LOL, (laugh out loud) and MYOB (mind your own business.)

but all this business has gotten completely out of control, because I think adults have blown the whole thing out of proportion. I know I'm not a teen anymore, but...cmon. Nobody texts like that. There are certain words that you can feasibly shorten into text slang without it becoming unreadable: LOL, b/c, etc.... but gNR8N??? D/C???? thats just ridiculous. noone uses that!! it's just stupid to even think that people do.

and by the way, its supposed to read: "Many parents don't believe there is a generation disconnect between them and their teen"

-JJ

Monday, September 24, 2007

Quite Unfortunate...

Yesterday Milton Bradley, who has had a history of off and on the field disputes, had a "spat" with an umpire. Now it's important to mention that Bradley has seen no significant troubles in the past few years, and is now leading his team in the midst of a playoff race.

As of today they lead the wild card by 1/2 game over the LA Dodgers.

From what was reported, an umpire accused him of throwing the bat at another umpire, and after calmy brushing it off and insisting that he did no such thing, he continued to be berated by the umps.

After a single and while standing on first, the video clearly shows the ump jawing at Bradley, who, while still trying to PLAY A BASEBALL GAME, tried to defend himself. Never did he show any visible hostility. Then Bradley went berserk and started yelling at the ump for accusing him of something he didn't do.

First of all, I'd like to say that even if he DID do it, this is completely un-professional on the part of the umpire. Either you stop play and settle it like a MLB Umpire, or you let it go. One or the other. DO NOT continue to badger the player as if you have some sort of personal vendetta against him.

Well Bradley ended up yelling in the umps face, only to get tossed. The manager came out to hold Bradley back, and in the meantime threw him to the ground and subsequently twisting Bradley's knee. He had to be carried off the field, and is quoted after the game:

"It's terrible. And now, because of him, my knee's hurt," Bradley said Sunday. "If this costs me my season because of that, he needs to be reprimanded. I'm taking some action. I'm not going to stand pat and accept this, because I didn't do nothing wrong."

The test results were just reported: Bradley tore his ACL and is out for the remainder of the year. Nice job, umps. I find this appalling and I hope that ump is terminated.

-JJ





Monday, September 17, 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Heh. funny, for football fans

But first, some thoughts on yesterdays games: I'm on reserve in Chicago, they aren't using me, so I'm basically being paid to watch football all weekend..so I might as well give some commentary.

-I stayed up late last night to watch Colorado play Florida State. I figure theres not many chances to watch them on TV. I felt like, especially on offense, that they looked like a high school team.

-I kind of wish I was there on blackout night.

-Yesterday was more of who I was going AGAINST (USC, Texas, Ohio State, every other big 10 team) than who I was for.

-LSU basically played the scrubs yesterday and still beat MTSU 44-0. I know I know, its MTSU, but remember, they hung 42 on Louisville. So they aren't HORRIBLE.

-It's only a matter of time, Texas. Only a matter of time.

-Mark it on your calendars: Oct 6th, Florida at LSU. thats going to be a doosey of a game.

Anyways, check out this video.


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Coast to Coast Friendships

I just took a little mini-vacation that spanned both coasts. It was a trip of renewing old friendships, solidifying current friendships, creating new friendships (and sleeping in the same bed with them) and trying your best to hold on to friendships that have been...well..strained.

Friday the 7th I flew out to California to attend the wedding of a friend that used to be a flight attendant wth me. I met up with my friend Stormy who was a brides maid in it. It was in Sonoma Valley, just north of San Francisco. Wasn't quite what I was used to, as it lasted from 4:30 pm until...well..we left at 11pm and it was still going strong.


Afterwards we drove 2 hours to my old friend Bobby Hulett's house to stay the night. Saying that is pushing it, as we arrived at 1130 and left at 5am. To quote Bobby about his son Kade, who was asleep when we arrived and when we left: "I think Kade is a little miffed that he didn't see you"

Bobby is a guy that I went to church with in high school (he is 10 yrs older than I) and had just moved back to the states from Indonesia.

So we stayed the night, and both caught early AM flights the next morning. Stormy flew back home to Orlando, I flew out to Boston VIA Manchester, NH to see some more friends for a couple days.

Manchester is about a 45 minute drive from Boston, and I had heard of free shuttle that took you from one city to the other. Seemed a little too good to be true, so I was slightly concerned about whether the service still existed. Since I was a little wary, I actually pulled something off I had never done before: hitchhiked. I asked a young couple on the flight if they were going to Boston and whether they would be willing to let me bum a ride off of them. And without any question, they said that it would be fine.

And even better, they had GPS, so I was able to predict my arrival to Tyler, who thought I would be coming in on the shuttle/train. It was funny when I said I would be there about 6:06 and I knocked on the door at 6:08.

Tyler had taken the bus up from Nantucket, and her brother and her brothers friend, whom I would be sharing a bed with at the hotel, flew up from Dallas. We spent the 2 days seeing concerts, seeing the historical sites, and the highlight: seeing the Sox play at Fenway.






So with Tyler, Scott, and Ryan all going back to work, I had a couple more days off. (I wanted so bad to get a car and drive up to Vermont and Maine, states I've never seen, but with no tent, I had nowhere to stay), I decided to go back to the Manchester airport and fly back to chicago and figure out where to go from there, since I had 3 more free days before work starts again. But as I stood at the gate waiting for my flight, I had a change of heart and wanted to go to Dallas to see Tim josue debbie and adam, whom I hadn't seen since June. I thought I would get to chicago and see how to get to dallas from there....but then I looked behind me to the posted flights and...VOILA!! there was a flight that went to baltimore to st louis then to dallas. perfect.

So here I sit, just waiting for this tropical storm to come in and strand me here so I can't get to work.

The next stretch of time that I have off I'm going to see my nephew's 1st birthday. All this adds up to an entire month away from home. But its ok. I do it to myself.

thanks for your attention. have a nice day.

-JJ

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Biggest upset...ever?

I think not.

I dont' have long to post this, so it will be short.

But for real, #5 michigan being defeated by a I-AA school Appalachian State, is definitely not that big of a surprise, so get off it.

You pit I-AA perpetual JUGGERNAUT ( I can't tell you how many titles they have won, just a lot) against a perpetually OVERRATED Michigan team that had...well...not a very good defense to begin with..and you're surprised that they pulled it off?? Cmon.

I'd go as far to think that App-State could beat 1/3 of the teams in the top 25!!!!!