Holiday thoughts

It’s that time of year again, that time when a whole heapin’ assload of people will take to the skies in order to visit loved ones in distant places.  You might even be a member of that heapin’ assload of humanity and if you’re a member of that heapin’ assload, there’s only one thing you can do:

Say thank you to that flight attendant who’s working the holidays to get you, SAFELY, where you’re trying to go.  (Flight attendants aren’t there to kiss your ass, they’re there to save it.) Stick your head through the flight deck door on the way out and wish the crew up front who got you there, SAFELY, a Merry Christmas.  Grab a sheet of paper and write a large Thank You on it with a Sharpie.   Make it big enough that the gang loading your luggage, pumping gas into the jet, and the crew making sure you have a SAFE machine to ride in, can see it from your window.  Get their attention and hold it up. Not in a window seat?  Get that other member of the heapin’ assload who is to hold it up for you.  Be NICE to the guy or gal behind the ticket counter, the gate podium, or at the security checkpoint.  (Odds are really good the delay isn’t their fault; in fact, I’d bet my toolbox it’s more likely the fault of a member of the heapin’ assload. Look in the mirror, my friend.) If your overstuffed carry-on won’t fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you, for the love of Pete, gate check it.  It’s getting on the very same airplane you are at the very same time.  Relax, your toothbrush will get there with you. 

And for crying out Christmas tree lights, mean it.  These people are giving up time with their loved ones in distant places so you can be with yours.   Give us a wave or a smile.  I know my sis is flying over the holidays; it’s her job.  And I’m working as well.  Someone has to keep our passenger carrying aircraft in the air and that’s my job.  In aviation, whether you’re in operations and part of the crew or in maintenance and behind the scenes, holidays are just another day on the calendar.  We knew that going in and accepted it.  For my sis and me, it was genetic.

So enjoy your Christmas with family and friends. Have a great time, hug your family, tell them you love them, and, by God,  mean that too.

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1 Response to “Holiday thoughts”


  1. 1 Da Goddess January 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I’m grateful they got my kid here and back to SD safely.

    Happy New Year!


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