Archive for July, 2008



Blackie Sherrod, one of the best sportswriters ever to have pounded a typewriter (remember them) in this area, used to devote some of his columns to odds and ends (that weren’t necessarily sports related), and he would start off the column with this line:  “Scattershooting while wondering what happened to ZaSu Pitts” or some other forgotten celebrity.  Sportswriters... read more

40th Anniversary of the National Council of La Raza


Statistics, glitz, and politics... While this might sound like the national Census gala at the White House, it was not. It was the 40th anniversary of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a national civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. It was standing room only at the two luncheons where Senator Barak Obama and later Senator John McCain addressed the group. ... read more

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How To Throw A Party For 2600 People


Most people attend banquets and never give a thought about what it takes to put on large events. This episode of Red Belly Radio, recorded at our 2008 Annual Awards Banquet, is not a recording of the awards presentation but how an event like this comes together. Things that might seem simple, like sending out a “save the date card,” are actually rather complex. Sure the... read more

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Life happens … how are we reacting to it?


Do you ever wonder to yourself, “why is all this happening to me?”  I have found myself feeling that way lately.  My husband and I bought a house, my Mom was diagnosed with cancer, and the ins and outs of day-to-day life began to feel daunting at times.  However, I continue to remind myself of the quote by Charles Swindoll, “Life is ten percent what happens to me and... read more

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Jet Engines: Beasts of Burden


Jet Engines: Beasts of Burden I noticed the planes my airline flys only sit on the ground a few minutes and they are back in the air over and over again all day long! How can this be good for them? Doesn't it make them break more often? How can they hold up? Let's use a car analogy. Imagine if your car worked for a taxi company.... It would be running pretty much constantly... read more

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Unexpected Changes


Having a task list as long as the Potomac River, I landed in our nation’s capital to attend the LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) convention.  Little did I know of how the events to come would change not only my agenda but my perspective in politics, and life overall.   With an estimated 5,000 Latinos attending and a range of Speakers like Barack Obama... read more

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Mommy, Where Do Tail Numbers Come From?


As I have mentioned on this podcast, I recorded Red Belly Radio for about a year only for the Employees of Southwest Airlines before we made it public. From time to time, I will be diving back into the archives to play an interview. This episode features an interview with Bill Morton from our Maintenance department who keeps track of all the tail numbers of our aircraft. I... read more

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Happy Graduation, Nunu


We wanted a dog, we got a baby sister; luckily she turned out pretty great, or we would have totally traded her in for that dog. As of Monday, July 7, 2008, at 9:05 a.m., my baby sister, Margot Ashton Messina, the “baby Nunu”, officially became a college graduate.  I was lucky enough to spend her last official weekend as a College of Charleston student with her in... read more

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Answer to the Colleen Flower Power Poll


Here is the correct answer for last week's poll. Like most who grew up during the turbulent 1960s, portions of the “flower power” movement rubbed off on Colleen and the rest of us.  The music lives on today; the clothes get recycled every few years in the latest “retro” moment, and if you look at most Hollywood films (whether it’s The Graduate, Airport, Bullitt,... read more

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Chronicles of GG


Going green.    Is it just me, or has the presence of being green really escalated?    I love that the awareness is everywhere I turn, even here at Southwest with "Green Tuesday."    I recently bought a house for the very first time, and I am very excited to have the big blue thingie, along side of my big green thingie for the trash.   Almost seems like... read more