Thursday, February 21, 2008

Things I wish I had figured out earlier

I don't have time to worry about a lot of things; I have too much else on my plate. So I'm releasing my worries about these small things and becoming zen about them. I'm letting them go b/c there is nothing I can do about them.

When A has to leave to catch a commute flight to work, he is incapable of leaving our place on time. It doesn't matter if the flight is at 6am or 6pm, he won't get out of our house on time. It's just him, there is nothing I can do about it. He's yet to miss a flight though and thankfully it doesn't carry over to his show times.

A needs 2 full sets of travel clothing- one to take and one for the wash. Several times we've been stuck late the night before a trip doing laundry for something (socks, undershirts, his favorite off duty T-shirt...) he needs to take on his trip the next morning. Since his time at home doesn't always coincide with my laundry schedule, it's easier to just always have one clean set waiting for him. Sometimes he's going to have to be happy with wearing his second most favorite off duty T shirt.

Pilots are gossips. I don't know why I thought that the pilot profession would be immune to it, but it isn't. Every time A gets into the cockpit, there's a discussion about "what have you heard/read/picked up through osmosis?" I know there is occasionally some down time in the cockpit and it's an easy subject to talk about, but it seems like some people spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about the future. As a pilot, you aren't likely to influence management decisions so why obsess over it?

A has a flight attendant groupie. She picks up trips specifically b/c he's on them. Or at least that's what she told him. She's young (under 21), somewhat lacking in social skills (due to a strict fundamentalist, home-schooled exist prior to getting on with the airline), and 10 minutes into their first trip announced to both A and the CA that she "didn't sleep with married men" (after asking whether they were married at minute 9...). A telling her that married or not, he wasn't interested in her seems to have set her world off kilter b/c she spent the rest of the trip trying to find out why. I think it made him appreciate a secure woman such as myself even more.

And now my worries are free like butterflies to propagate the world over.

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