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Pilot Lifestyle

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Displaced
September 14, 2015
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Displaced
About 8:30 in the morning, we returned home from dropping off our youngest two children at the elementary school.  As I walked across the kitchen, I happened to notice a voicemail notification on our home phone.  I must admit that with ninety something percent of calls coming to our cellphones, we’re really bad about checking […]
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Sixteen things that can go wrong at a hotel
January 14, 2014
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Sixteen things that can go wrong at a hotel
Pilots and flight attendants spend an abundance of time in hotels.  Over the years, I’ve enjoyed the benefits of spending half my nights in hotels and resorts.  I’ve also learned most of the pitfalls. Therefore, without further hesitation, here is my list and some accompanying stories of sixteen things that can go wrong during a […]
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Rolling with the plan
October 4, 2013
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Rolling with the plan
The captain played the voicemail on speaker for my benefit.  It was a scheduler calling to inform us we would not be flying later from San Francisco to Seattle. He had missed the call.  The phone was in the cockpit while we stood and welcomed guests back onto the aircraft.  The very patient Washington Dulles […]
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It’s a fire
September 3, 2013
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It’s a fire
“Whooop, Whoooop, Whoooop.” I’d been asleep for a little over two hours.  My eyes opened wide and I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. “CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE? The signal you just heard indicates a fire has been reported in the hotel.  Please proceed to the nearest exit…” If the speakers […]
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The LodgeNet App – a must for airline crews
June 7, 2013
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As pilots, we spend way too much time in hotels.  Enjoying the television can be a bit of a challenge.  The stations in every city are numbered differently and it takes forever to “flip” through the channels. Plus, I’ve seen some interesting stains on hotel remote controls. Recently, another pilot told me about the LodgeNet […]
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A change in scenery (Part I)
March 18, 2013
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For over two and a half years, I’ve been based in San Francisco.  Much of the commuting was spent on a two hour flight back and forth from Denver.  The last nine months have been a little more challenging.  Our move to Nashville, while great for the family, added a lot more time to the […]
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2012: That’s a wrap
December 20, 2012
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This year, I will not be consuming a hamburger and fries at at Leann’s Cafe on Christmas Day.  I will also not be purchasing a holiday meal from a vending machine in an abandoned hotel.  Nor will I try convincing my children that Santa will be coming down the chimney on December 27th.  Those are […]