Saturday, December 30, 2006

Tribute

Sorry about the blog being in semi-non active mode recently. There is a reason for it which I hope to post more about today or tomorrow...now, on to this morning's post.

I am not a huge James Brown fan, but I am a music fan, and there can be no denying the influence he had on a vast variety of music over his lifetime. Therefore, I thought it would be nice to include a YouTube link to a short film he appeared in that I found rather amusing.

This is from BMW's "The Hire" series of short films...so I guess in one sense it could be considered a commercial, but it's a very entertaining one.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

We never celebrate like this where I work...

Just found this item in the news...an excerpt appears below:

Camel sacrifice shocks Turkish Airlines

ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) — Turkish Airlines took swift disciplinary action Wednesday after it emerged that members of its technical staff had sacrificed a camel to celebrate getting their job done.

Maintenance workers all pitched in to buy the beast to mark the long-awaited dispatch to Britain of the last of 11 RJ100 aircraft which Turkish decided to leave out of its fleet due to a series of accidents involving the planes.

The camel was sacrificed Tuesday at Istanbul's Ataturk airport and about 1,540 pounds of meat was distributed among the staff.


Perhaps this would be a good way for me and my fellow airline employees to show our happiness at finally starting to make a profit again...but I think we'll probably just stick to doing potluck lunches occasionally.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Never a dull moment

I've worked in the airline industry a long time and I've heard all kinds of stories and been personal witness to lots of incidents, including a pre-9/11 hijack attempt...but this was something I had never seen or even imagined happening before. The link is to a news article, and since I know a news article link doesn't work indefinitely, part of the article is quoted below:

It may be one problem airline security officials never envisioned -- a passenger lighting matches in flight to mask odors from her flatulence.

The woman's actions resulted in an emergency landing on Monday in Nashville of an American Airlines flight bound for Dallas from Washington, D.C., said Lynne Lowrance, a spokeswoman for Nashville's airport.

Other passengers reported the odor of burned matches, but the woman was not forthcoming when asked about it, Lowrance said on Wednesday.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

100 Facts in 100 Days #9

I have travelled internationally to a disappointingly small number of countries, considering my travel and military background. I've lived in Okinawa (now a part of Japan) and in England during high school, and visited Italy, but that's about it. I have since been back to England once about five years ago. Hopefully now that I am working for a larger airline, I will start travelling internationally a bit more.

Monday, December 04, 2006

100 Facts in 100 Days #8

Time to get this series rolling again. OK, random factoid about me for today is...I have gray hair. Not that it's uncommon for someone in their late thirties, but I've been getting gray hair since I was 16 (which is before I started shaving.)

My gray hair first became noticeable after I went into the Air Force and finished basic training (go figure) due to a "shock" of gray that I have above my right temples. That is still there, but lots of other gray has started to creep in over the years, not that it's really noticeable other than making my hair color look like a lighter shade of brown.

I really don't mind the color change much, but it's harder to style gray hair than non-gray hair (something about the texture of gray hair) so I just end up using a lot of pomade on it. Believe me, given a choice between gray hair and no hair, I much prefer gray hair. And after being in the military and the airline industry for the past fifteen plus years, I feel I've definitely earned every one of them.

Hello!

First...apologies for not posting more. I will try a couple quick posts here to get the ball rolling. Nothing majorly wrong going on, no illnesses or car crashes...just been (1) a lazy blogger and (2) out of town, visiting my Mom's house. Of course, I could blog from there if I wanted to but that brings back to (1) me being lazy. Anyhow....

Last week at work, before I went to my Mom's place, our union, in what is evidently a holiday tradition, bought three LARGE (bushel-sized) bags of nuts upstairs for everyone to snack on. There was a bag of salted peanuts, one of unsalted peanuts, and one bag full of mixed nuts (walnuts, brazil nuts, etc.)

I could make several observations about this...we're all nuts to work in the airline industry, it helps to have a hard shell to work here, we're a group of mixed nuts, we work for peanuts, and it helps to take things in this industry with a grain of salt.

I liked the salted peanuts but the brazil nuts are really good also. However, they are one tough nut to crack...and that could be an analogy for getting on with a major airline, a feat that took me over ten years.