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Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Madness!

I'm officially back on Reserve!

Last night I finally closed my eyes around midnight, and at 0130 the phone rang. Scheduling calling.

They said there was a trip to Dead Head from Detroit to Tokyo. This was a yellow slip. I didn't have to take it because it was a Seattle trip. Then I'd fly to LAX, and could DH anywhere I wanted to go from LAX.

Now, in a fatigue driven state of confusion...what should they expect at 0130...

I said, "What does a yellow slip mean? Is this one of those doubled time pay deals?"
"No. But you can deadhead anywhere you want after you get back back."  Meaning back to Detroit.
"Can I deadhead from Seattle?
"On your own."
"But I don't know if the flight is full. Can you give me a positive space?"
"Ahhhh. Ahhhh.... Ummmm."
"You're sure I can't go from Seattle?"
"No, it's a Seattle trip, but you have to go from Detroit."
"But I'm in Seattle." 

Moral of the story... I'm based in Detroit for two more weeks, but I was 10 minutes from SeaTac airport. Unfortunately because I'm based in Detroit, and this was a Seattle trip, even though it was a deadhead, I would've had to fly five hours East to Detroit to deadhead five hours west over Seattle on my way to Tokyo. I am sure this has something to do with the "working agreement." But that agreement wasn't working in this case.

It will be so nice when I'm in Seattle and scheduling calls, and I can just go.

Best part of the story. I slept 3 hours, hit the gym, hitchhiked on SWA to Chicago and landed at 1330. Now I get to take my daughter out for her 25th birthday.

Everything always works out like it should.

Tomorrow, I'm thinking landings are a great topic of discussion.

Enjoy the journey!

~ Karlene


  1. So they wanted you to deadhead from Seattle to Detroit to Tokyo to fly from Tokyo to Seattle? Can you talk about the manual power with airbus products when you write about landings? (I have always wondered also about why they have the bus say retard (I know it is to retard the throttles, but out of all the things pilots have to memorize why do they think you will forget to retard the throttles?) Thats good you were able to spend time w/your daughter on her bday- more important than working!
    (ps- have the commercial checkridee scheduled for wed or thurs tenatively...)

  2. Hey Dan... yes, manual power with landings too!
    Speaking of scheduling calling... they just called and assigned me a trip. They already called me out. Off to Atlanta to fly to Paris...
    Will write tomorrow!

  3. Have a good trip!

  4. Great shot of the Marina Towers...they'll look like that again very soon when all the exterior work is done!

  5. Thanks Jeff! I snuck in and out of town again. Another very quick trip but got to take Krysta out for dinner. And... that picture is from when we first bought the condo. I thought you would like it. :)

  6. Congrats on being back on reserve!

  7. Thanks Heather! It will be so good when I'm doing it in Seattle.


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