A got a call from Crew Services today with his base assignment. And of course, since we live on the east coast, he's been assigned to a base on the west coast. No word on when his LOFT or IOE are going to be- that's Crew Scheduling's responsibility and Crew Services can't give us that info...
So what's it mean to us? For now, M and I are going to stay put here in FL. There are rumors swirling about that there will be a new east coast base opening within a year, possibly where we live now. So in order to avoid the major disruption of moving twice, we're staying put until we find out the validity of said rumor. In the long run, we hope to live in base to avoid commuting hassles. And while it would be nice to move in a westerly direction, back towards friends and family, west coast living just isn't finanacially feasible and our QOL wouldn't be nearly so high. So for now, he'll be commuting and we'll be "exploring our options".
A has a friend in So Cal who has offered her couch as a free crashpad through the end of the year. Free is free so I think he's going to take it. It will give him a place to stay until he gets settled in the area and will free up income for important things like payroll deductions for uniforms and chart bags. He's known her longer than he's known me, so if something were going to happen between them, it would have happened already. He knows my thoughts about it and I'm not really concerned.
For now, we are just enjoying our time together. Took a 3 day trip to Atlanta for the long weekend, something we haven't been able to do since we moved here due to schedule constraints. And now it's back to real life.