Wallace McInstosh... "Wally"... is that person. Once a Los Angeles police officer, he now is serving drinks and smiles at 35,000 feet.
Wally worked the south side of Los Angeles for 12 years, East LA for three years, and was a detective for 6 years... bank robberies, murders, reconstructing crime scenes... you name it, he's done it. And now he's a flight attendant.
He'd met a munitions officer while he worked in the Air Force, years ago, and married her. They had two daughters, and now he has 8 grandchildren. However, the life he created in Los Angeles was a challenging one.
Working LA he said that he, "lost the color of life." He told me that line of business, "You can't trust anyone, or they'll kill you."
His life consisted of domestic abuse calls, fighting, murders, robberies, and attorneys... he was going through a divorce, himself, at the time. He'd been working one night, below the flight path of Los Angeles, and looked up and said, "There has to be more than this." And then a plane roared overhead.
How did he become a flight attendant? He was actually dating one. One day she said, "Let me take you on a date," and told him to take a week off of work. They flew to Venice on her passes. As life went on, they broke up, and she married someone else. But his memories of her are wonderful. One day, he was saying how he missed the lifestyle with her. The ability to travel, and see the world.
His core belief... everything always works out. I too share that belief with him.
On the plane Wally says that he is, "close to God, and can see the tapestry of color below," and "meets wonderful people." He enjoys going to work and being able to say, "hi" to people. Something that he wasn't able to do in his other life.
His days off, as a hobby, he builds aircraft, full motion, simulators. I was hoping to have pictures... but maybe we can update that later.
I am so glad to have had the opportunity to meet Wally. Keep your eye out for him and say hello.
Happy Flying... and enjoy the journey!