Thursday, June 29, 2006

Rooftop Love

At my office, we overlook the roof of a parking garage. The garage normally isn't too crowded on Saturday or Sunday. Occasionally, on weekends, you'll find people up there sunbathing, or maybe some skateboarders, but last weekend, something happened that had never been seen before! A couple decided it was the perfect place to make whoopee. Unfortunately, this happened on my one day off, last Sunday, so I didn't get to see it for myself. Fortunately, someone had their digital camera handy.

The digital-camera-wielding individual actually made a video clip with audio of various co-workers commenting on the proceedings in the background. With the creator's permission, I uploaded the video to YouTube, but it didn't comply with their content policies, and it's since been removed.

UPDATE: The video clip has since been re-uploaded to Putfile, if anyone wants to check it out they can do so here.

Evidently someone finally went downstairs and informed the couple they were being watched by 50 or so people upstairs. I'm told the girl in the picture waved as she walked off. Perhaps not surprisingly, most of the people watching were my male co-workers.

I guess working weekends isn't always a bad thing...

Friday, June 23, 2006

Speakerphone Hazards

Yesterday at work, there was some type of Bring Your Kid To Work Day going on, and lots of kids being taken for tours in our department. Kids can ask funny questions sometimes. One dispatcher, who was black, was attempting to explain all the things we do in our job (weather, tracking flights, etc.) and one of the kids asked him, "So, do you like rap music?"

Then, he got an inflight call from an aircraft, and decided to show how we talk to our flights by using the speakerphone to answer. When we talk to aircraft in the US, we normally use an airphone service so it's just like a regular phone call. A paraphrased conversation follows:

"RLA Dispatch."
"Hi, this is Captain X from flight such-and-such, I'd like to get an update on the weather around Chicago."
"There are some scattered storms south of there, but nothing right over the field, currently. Captain, how has your ride been so far?"
"Really shitty!"
"Um, captain, you're on speakerphone, and there are a bunch of kids here taking a tour listening in..."

(Long Pause)

Kid on tour: "Why did he say shitty?"

Everyone in the office was laughing uproariously about this one.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Happy and Sleepy

Just wanted to let everyone know that I have FINISHED my training and now am signed off as an official dispatcher in my job at the Rather Large Airline. Which is good for many reasons, including the fact that I now get a pay raise.

I went to bed kind of late due to nervousness, and got up early so that I could get to work on time for my final desk check, but I will try and follow up with details soon. Unlike my move, which is still awaiting a detailed writeup/smackdown of my moving company, this is something I'm happy to relive in my mind. But for now, I'm going to go take a nap.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006