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Entries from May 2005

Memorial Day…

May 30th, 2005 · 3 Comments

There are a lot of things that make this country great. No one will argue that point. However, there are also a lot of men that have given their lives to keep this country (and others) working in the manner to which it’s become accustomed. From the American Revolution to Operation Enduring Freedom, there have […]

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Episode 3…

May 30th, 2005 · 1 Comment

Revenge of the Sith. Sith. Sith Sith Sith Sith Sith Sith. To describe my overall feeling about the movie, let me just say this: “It was a piece of Sith.” Dear Mr. Lucas: I would like you to refund my $36. The last three movies you’ve made were very disappointing. It is my opinion that […]

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Rainy…

May 28th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Thunderstorms and rain today in Dallas. Not a good day for flying. It’s a good thing I’m not. I did have to do a preflight inspection this morning in the rain. Everyone else in my class had to go out there with me, so at least I wasn’t the only one getting soaked. It’s been […]

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Gaining Momentum…

May 27th, 2005 · No Comments

The movement to repeal the Wright Amendment appears to be gaining momentum on Capitol Hill. http://www.setlovefree.com Texas congressmen Sam Johnson and Jeb Hensarling have cowritten legislation proposing a repeal. In addition, we are seeing a lot of community involvement in the North Dallas area as we’re out and about. For instance, the little barbecue joint […]

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Souvenires, Novelties, Party Tricks…

May 25th, 2005 · 1 Comment

My new employer is so vastly different than any other airline. You’ve read that from me before. Here’s proof of the laid-back and relaxed atmosphere here. Ever seen the novelty shops in the shopping malls? I think they’re called Spencer’s. They’ve got about every gag-gift and joke machine on the planet, I think. Someone in […]

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Happy Birthday, Daughter! I miss you!

May 22nd, 2005 · No Comments

It’s Sunday. On this date last year, my wife was beginning labor. A little less than twenty-four hours later, our daughter was born. Tomorrow’s her first birthday and I won’t be there to give her a hug and kiss. It’s going to be a tough day for me tomorrow. ***** I went and watched the […]

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Drinking from a fire hose…

May 19th, 2005 · No Comments

I’m beginning to feel a little overwhelmed with everything I need to absorb here in training. Here’s my day in a nutshell. I’ve been waking up at about 6am every morning to catch the shuttle over to the SWA training center at 630am. When I get there, it’s about 645am, and I’ve got about an […]

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Oranges from Houston?

May 17th, 2005 · 2 Comments

I took a bit of time away from the airline thing on Saturday and headed over to Houston. I rented a car and drove all over the place. The Astrodome is just as monstrous as I’d imagined it. What’s really crazy is that Reliant Stadium next door (which is where the NFL’s Texans play) is […]

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Caution…hazardous gasses!

May 13th, 2005 · No Comments

Today, the wives of the new-hire pilots took the tour of the Southwest Airlines facilities here in Dallas. Meanwhile, we pilots were given seminars regarding random drug and alcohol testing, crew planning and scheduling, and the transportation of hazardous materials. That was kind of interesting, since I discovered that I’d not be allowed to fly […]

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One down…

May 12th, 2005 · 2 Comments

58 (or so) to go. Today was a lot of fun. Lots of “welcome to the family” stuff. Aside from having to wear a suit all day in high humidity, things were very nice. The culture of this company is unbelievable. It really is like an extended family. There were several stories told of people […]

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