Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

New Jersey Success Story

1. Which airline is lucky enough to employ you?
If you haven't figured it out yet, then you don't deserve to be told!

2. What city (ies) are you based in?

3. If you could choose ANY city, what would your dream base be? Philly, but only because it would make living with my cool roommates named "Mom" and "Dad" easier! Otherwise, I'd go with something crazy like ATH or FCO, FRA

4. How long would you like to be based there? just a few years

5. Have you ever done the nasty with a passenger you met on the plane? absolutely not!

6. Have you ever wanted to? see above - the entire aircraft is dirty

7. What's your favorite city thus far to lay over in? Copenhagen... Frankfurt... Brussels

8. Have you had famous people as passengers? two - Darth Vader and John Rzeznik

9. If so, who was your favorite? both rather chill people

10. Who was your LEAST favorite? I have yet to encounter a truly horrible famous person

11. Who would you LOVE to have on your flight? JOHN KRASINSKI, Kathy Griffin, Dane Cook, that hot guy Doug from the Hills

12. Are you a language speaker for your airline? I'm still mastering the fine art that is English

13. What is your least favorite flight to work? any sort of Texas shuffle nonsense (IAH - AUS - IAH - SAT - IAH - MSY... eww) and domestic in general

14. Do you have a flight you actually ENJOY working? Dublin and Shannon... erin go braugh!

15. Have you ever done the nasty with CREW MEMBER (on a layover)? I think I just threw up a little in my mouth...

16. What do you watch on TV when you're getting ready for work on a layover? I don't turn the TV on when I'm getting ready for work

17. Have you ever dropped a passenger meal and served it? not in the front

18. Do you prefer working coach, business, or first class? I party in economy

19. What is your favorite airplane to work? I like aft galley on the 777, aisle on 76 or 75

20. Do you know what crop-dusting inflight is? I do, but do you?

21. Do you prefer working early flights or late ones? when I was domestic, I loved the ass early breakfast flights and red eyes because everyone sleeps; now its all late ones for me

22. Do you like the uniform your airline gives you? I think they're trying to make it better, but its not my favorite

23. Do you take your laptop on layover? depends on where we're going, who's going with me and what the weather will be like

24. What is your LEAST favourite part of every flight? picking up trash with the stupid pick up pans

25. What is the BEST hotel you've ever had a layover at? Dublin, Cancun, Manchester but just because of the crew room

26. Where did you interview for your job? EWR

27. What other cities have you been based in? just that one

28. Favorite base? everyone rags on my base, but its got the best flying in the system

29. Why did you become a flight attendant? I was working at the bank, and desperately wanted to get out and go as far away as possible.

30. Did you apply at other airlines that didn't want you? I got hired at every airline I applied to

31. Do you like the airline you work for? its better than anywhere else I got hired

32. Have you had the CEO of your airline onboard as a passenger? I had the #2 man

33. Have you ever dated a passenger you met? technically he was a non-rev

34. Have you ever gotten into a disagreement with a fellow flight attendant? not a real one - disagreement that is, she was a real flight attendant

35. Has a pilot ever hit on you? OMG YES and my favorite response is that I don't date men who are old enough to be my father!

36. Do you dislike passengers or pilots more? horrid pilots make me sad because they're running around out there on line terrorizing other flight attendants and there really isn't much we can do about it

37. Passengers ask annoying questions when they see you in uniform. What is your least favorite question? any sort of variation to "how much longer" or to ask the captain what gate your next flight is leaving out of or to hold the plane for you

38. What is the stupidest request a passenger has ever made of you? heat up someone's mac and cheese

39. Is being a hostess with the mostess your only job? yes, I'm too tired to do anything else

40. Have you gotten any long-lasting relationships out of your job? I'm going with the "half-full" answer of not yet

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Strange Encounters of the HS Kind

My Dearest AB,

Your ex-boyfriend, the ginger circa 2000, was on my flight to Manchester, UK today. It was kind of weird and sort of creepy. The man hasn't changed a bit, with the exception of his wedding band and facial hair. Our only conversation was him accusing me of having gone to the LHS; I told him jokingly to get off the plane and that made him look awfully uncomfortable which amused me greatly. How bizarre, how bizarre.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Indecision 2008

For all you McCain fans out there:


If anyone can find a similar Barack/Biden rebuttle, feel free to share.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What I Did Today... Sort Of

I was waiting for a cross-town train in the London underground
When it struck me
that I've been waiting since birth to find
A love that would look and sound like a movie
so I changed my plans and rented a camera and a van and then I called you
"I need you to pretend that we are in love again" and you agreed to

I want so badly to believe that there is truth, that love is real
And I want life in every word to the extent that it's absurd

I greased the lens and framed the shot using a friend as my stand-in
The script it called for rain but it was clear that day so we faked it
The marker snapped and I yelled "quiet on the set"
And then called "action!"
And I kissed you in a style that Clark Gable would have admired
I thought it classic

I want so badly to believe that "there is truth, that love is real"
And I want life in every word to the extent that it's absurd
I know you're wise beyond your years, but do you ever get the fear
That your perfect verse is just a lie you tell yourself to help you get by?

~The Postal Service

I mean, its kind of close to true events. I went to the Tate Modern via underground, am currently eating Indian food, and will be going to SoHo against my wishes for Jai.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Things They Carried (And Lost)

Items I've left on the plane since I started flying:
- lunch! salami sandwich, sun chips. I put it away and forgot all about it.
- my pimp apron with my name plate and Rutgers pin in LAX
- my second pimp apron with my second and final name plate, and a Stitch pin on the 777 coming home from LHR
- a sweater traveling in and out of IAH, one coming home from LHR
- a pair of leg warmers on the 757 (I have since gone to Primark and invested in another pair)
- my copy of Da Vinci Code (I didn't even like it - I thought it poorly written in terms of syntax, though it had intriguing plot lines to keep me reading)

Items I've forgotten in hotels:
- pajamas on the first night of a 3 day in ATL
- dessert on the second layover of aforementioned 3 day in MSY (it was bread pudding)
- shampoo and face wash in DUB
- electricity converter, the fancy $30 kind from Brookstone in MAN; I made my parents call the hotel from their land line to see if it had been turned in - it had not.
- another set of shampoo and face wash in DUB (I think its because of the ginormous bathroom)
- and most recently, a bag of dark chocolate peanut M&Ms in MAN. This one really got my knickers in a twist because I was saving them for the car ride home and had to eat a Jaffa cake bar instead.

I think for 18 months on the job, that's not too bad! One thing I've never lost track of again is definitely my pjs!