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Archive for November, 2006

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD!

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Okay.  I'm a Foodie.  I hereby finally admit it--food plays an inordinately large role in my life. Of course, my family and friends have a huge place in the "world of Bill," as does Southwest Airlines.  But in my heart--Bill is a Foodie. There!  That feels better.  I've said it.  I've come out of the pantry.  I would rather cook than take a vacation; would rather... read more

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The Things I Forgot to Remember

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I went to the grocery store yesterday to pick up three items: shampoo, butter, and ___. For the life of me I couldn't remember the third thing I needed. I knew the third item when I left the house. I knew it when I was driving to the store. But as I walked the aisles of the market, it failed to come to my conscience. Today, however, as I sat at my computer typing a memo, a... read more

Thanksgiving with Carole

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I had the pleasure and rare opportunity to fly a three-day trip over Thanksgiving with fellow blogger Carole Adams.  Since Carole and I are based in different Southwest cities and our seniority is quite different, along with the fact that Pilots and Flight Attendants rarely spend more than one day together, a full three-day trip is almost unheard of.  Carole is the consumate... read more

A Practical Guide for Becoming a Flight Attendant

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Remember when the phone was our primary communication tool? My son mentioned to me recently that, as a child, he could never understand how I could spend so much time on the phone. Now he says the same about my computer. I love e-mails that make me laugh out loud. I received the following recently and wanted to share since, while obviously exaggerated, the scenarios are... read more

A Thanksgiving Post from the USS Nimitz

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We are honored to present this Thanksgiving post from one of our great Customers, Francisco Delgado, who is on active duty with the US Navy protecting our Freedom.  We wish Godspeed to Francisco and his shipmates! It is an honor to be serving in the Navy in these historic times. I left college two years ago, and enlisted in the Navy. I used to take my freedoms for granted,... read more

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The End of a Chapter…

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Wow, I have never really given much thought to some of the emotions I'm feeling today…they're throwing a party for me in a few minutes…a retirement party. I know, if you looked at my bio I may appear to be old enough to "retire"…but actually, I'm 48 years young, still young enough to chase a passion but in this strange industry of... read more

CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES

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I love that old David Bowie song.  I always have--although until the advent of internet lyric searches, I was WAY off on the lyrics.  I mean, I'm the same guy that thought that "The Pina Colada Song" was "The Bean Enchilada Song" (I never could figure out what bean enchiladas had to do with getting caught in the rain!).  I'm still kidded about that one. Change can be good,... read more

Back to Work

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I was thumbing through the November/December issue of AARP's magazine the other day, and read an interesting article about a few jobs that might be particularly attractive to the readers of AARP. 1) Ski greeter. That job seemed logical, i.e. getting paid to hang out at your favorite resort. 2) Cruise lecturer. Again…logical. Fun, getting paid to travel and meeting... read more

Coast To Coast Cuisine…Second Course

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I just got off the treadmill and I'm starving...Time to think about some Southwest cities and eating.  Since we last spoke, I have traveled tens of thousands of miles and polled numerous Crew Members to provide you with some "must try" food spots throughout the Southwest route system. So, if you find yourself in Portland, Oregon (PDX), two wonderful eateries come to mind (OK,... read more

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Sorry, Bill and Ernie

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After only seven months in the blogosphere, I know I am still a neophyte when it comes to blogging.  I am slowly learning, with the help of Angela, Paula, and Jill, the "language" of the blogs, and it is very different.  There's stuff like "blinks, pings, and linkbacks."  It got me to thinking of how two of the greatest authors of the 20th Century would write if they... read more