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Archive for March, 2007

Is there a doctor on board?

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I am working on my second tray of drinks in the forward galley when a woman walks up to me and says, "I don't feel well."  She is feeling weak with pain in her mid-chest and under her arms.  Her seat is near the front, so I ask her to return to her seat and let her know I will follow her there.  I reach for the interphone and call the Captain to start a phone patch to... read more

Back in the Day

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One Sunday evening I strolled across the street to the home of my neighbor, Denny, to hang out for a little while, and he introduced me to a gentlemen who was visiting him named Joe. Our conversations went from real state to lawn care to our place of employment, and that's about the time Joe asked me what I did for a living. I told him that I was an Aircraft Mechanic for... read more

Write your own caption returns

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  Since we have a lot of newer readers, they may not be aware of this occasional feature.  Here's your chance to write your own caption of this photo of two Mechanics that I found in our photo files.  (Click on the pic to enlarge.)

Please Stop Kicking My Seat!

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One of my biggest fears while sitting in the middle seat of an airplane is falling asleep.  I am not a nervous flyer, and I don't at all mind sitting in the middle seat...what scares me is the possibility of falling asleep and accidentally cuddling with my next door neighbor.  Many times while flying, I've woken myself up with the napping head jerk (you know what I'm talking... read more

Who’s Flying This Thing???

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An observation I occasionally hear from Customers as we chat during the boarding process is that as Pilots we don't actually fly the aircraft very much; rather, the autopilot does all of the work.  My initial response is "yes and no".  I have flown aircraft in which I did the takeoff and at 400 feet above the ground could engage the autopilot, and the airplane was capable... read more

Spring Has Sprung

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Each fall, I spend countless hours in my flowerbeds planting bulbs. During the dead and lifeless winter months, I forget about my efforts in the fall. As the weather turns warm, I am rewarded with beautiful buttercups, tulips, and more. (The buttercup picture is from my flowerbeds this year.) Our trees, plants, and flowers create such beautiful artwork this time of year. I... read more

Packaged by Your Friends at Fort Knox

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Ok - it's not nice to laugh at someone at their expense. Really. It IS human nature to do so, though, and sometimes it seems like it can't be helped. But since all of us have been given more or less some sense of self control, I suggest you exercise it as often as you can - especially on an airplane, especially in the presence of those people for whom it's a mighty struggle to... read more

A Salute for USS Blog Boy!

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Francisco Delgado, our own USS Blog Boy, returned home to Albuquerque for a well-deserved two-week leave before his ship, the USS Nimitz, sets sail for the Persian Gulf for an extended stay.  (For the rest of the post, I am going to use Albuquerque's airport code ABQ, because I never trust myself to spell the city correctly.)  To greet and meet Francisco, a group (Shelley... read more

One for the Books…

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A little over a year ago, a fellow Southwest Employee started a book club.  Colleen Campbell, our Book Club Founder, has the daunting day job of Manager of Financial Control here at Southwest.  As you can imagine, her responsibilities are quite different from my duties as a Culture Chick!  Although our jobs may be worlds apart, we both enjoy reading and have assembled an... read more

SWA Blogger “Makes Good”

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You work with someone in the next office for six years, and you think you know them.  Then you see them featured on the front page of Sunday's The New York Times.  One of our bloggers, Fred Taylor, is that guy, and this article ran on the front page yesterday.  Way to go Fred!