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Newbie No Longer…

May 12th, 2006 · 5 Comments

I’m officially off probation at my airline as of yesterday. My second year pay rate took effect on May first, increasing by a shade over $30/hour (from $44.15 to $74.49 per flight hour). Life is generally good!

In true American Consumer fashion, we’re spending the raise before we get it. We’ve been in the midst of a giant kitchen-remodelling project here at home since the beginning of February.

Here’s a couple of snaps of what it looked like a week into the project.

By looking at the floors in the photographs above, you can get an idea of the walls we moved and rebuilt. Basically, the corner wall that is closest to our living room area was completely knocked down and replaced with a half-wall. That essentially opened up the kitchen into the living room and dining area. Our house is small (only 1,480 sq ft), so this change really helps give it a much bigger feel.

After all the demolition, the place was a flurry of activity…at least while I was home to spur the workhorses on. We discovered that the contractor we hired to do the structural work, wall framing and drywall was a “sleep until noon” type, who showed up after lunch and then worked until four. He helped us turn our two week construction project into a five week ordeal. The plumbers and electrical contractors were professionals, however, who showed up when they told us they would and finished ahead of schedule.

Once the drywall was done, I got to work priming and painting the areas that would be exposed. Then I laid our new tile floor. That was a bear of a job, taking me almost three weeks worth of days off. I had to repair a lot of the 1×6 subfloor that had rotted away, cover that with 1/4″ plywood, and then lay down 1/4″ cement board to make the floor stable enough to put tile on. Once that was done, it was an easy job determining the layout.

Setting the tile was a chore, made worse by my inexperience at the task. But I got through it with the help of my well-paid nephew.

With the tile down, we waited on two new windows to arrive while the custom cabinets were being constructed. The cabinet-design was something I did myself, using some experience I gained in architectural classes in high school and college. Getting my points across to the salesperson was a chore, but they turned out almmost exactly as I had envisioned them. They’re made of maple (the face frames and doors are solid, the rest is veneer), and are finished in a natural color with a clear gloss laquer. They were installed last week.

In the first and second photos, you can see the peninsula where the cooktop will be placed on the forty-five degree angle section of countertop, facing into the living room. To the right of it (as you face the living room) is the large cabinet that will house the new double oven, and the sink and dishwasher will go in the gaps that are just visible in the lower left hand corner of the second photograph. The third photo shows the new pantry cabinet.

Life is slowly getting back to normal, as you can tell by our washer and dryer being located in their proper places. Yes, they’re connected…as of last night. What we’re waiting for now is our granite countertops (they’re Baltic Brown), which should be delivered and installed on the 23rd or 24th. Then, all we have left to do is install the appliances, lay in a tile backsplash and do some touching up work and the kitchen is complete! After that, it’s on to the living room where we’re doing some painting and putting in some new hardwood laminate.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Capt. Wilko // May 15, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    Congrats Glenn. Oh, and nice kitchen.

  • 2 Alan Davis // May 18, 2006 at 3:33 pm


    Congrats on completing probation – not that there was ever any doubt – and welcome to the world of the “pre-consumer”! Looks like you have been having fun in the kitchen, but I bet your wife will be glad to get her stove back and quick cooking everything on an electric frypan!


  • 3 Aviatrix // May 18, 2006 at 7:31 pm

    Geez, that ought to buy a few Doritos.

    You’re going to make people wonder why you have to eat out of dumpsters if you make statements like that about pilot pay without mentioning just how many hours of your day goes into getting an hour of flight pay.

    I remember a few years ago telling someone that I made $21 dollars an hour, and seeing him do the math and nodding to himself like that was a decent wage. He knew what kind of hours I put in. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that in a ten hour day I was lucky to receive four hours pay, and there were many days that I received less than one hour of pay.

  • 4 Sam // May 20, 2006 at 9:47 am

    Looks gorgeous, GC, I like the new kitchen a lot. Good work.

    Congrats on getting off probation!

  • 5 GC // May 24, 2006 at 5:38 am

    Thanks, everyone.


    I’m just getting to the point where I’m seeing a return on my career investment that can be classified as “substantial.” It only took me 10 years, and I’m one of the fortunate ones who’ve missed things like downgrades, furloughs and bankruptcies. I’ve flown with guys here for whom our airline is their eighth or ninth. I’m happy to be leading the charmed life I am in this industry. I count my blessings each and every day, and I also plan for the eventualities. Nothing is for certain and no one is immune.

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