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Archive for September, 2009

Land of the Lost…and Found

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Southwest Airlines moves a lot of people every day. Those people carry a lot of stuff with them. So if you lost something on a flight, what are the odds of someone you know finding it?Southwest Airlines moves a lot of people every day. Those people carry a lot of stuff with them. So if you lost something on a flight, what are the odds of someone you know finding it? Well that... read more

Shortcut…Southwest Style

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Knowing about a shortcut is like being on the "inside."  Kind of like, "I know a guy."  Well, I do know a guy with a tip--me. Did you just read the news about our new fare sale, and you are wondering how to find the lowest fares?  Well, I had the same problem a couple of months ago.  Yes, one of our great perks for working here is free travel, but it... read more

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VoluntEARing with Disney

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  Disney’s current ad campaign is “What will you celebrate?” My answer is “Disney VoluntEARs!” I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming and witnessing the childlike excitement of 20 Disney VoluntEARs arriving at Chicago Midway. The Disney VoluntEARs from Orlando along with our MDW Employees partnered to get down and dirty by refurbishing a local elementary... read more

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A Wild Blue Honor for Southwest Airlines

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(The annual Air Force Association convention was  held recently in Washington, D.C.  This year was different.  This year, the Air Force Association chose Southwest as the 2009 Air Force Reserve Command Employer of the Year and LAS-based First Office Mike Bautista as the Citizen Airman of the Year.  Representing Southwest Airlines, Executive Vice President Mike Van De Ven... read more

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The Happiest Place on Earth Just Got a Little Happier

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If you’re flying Southwest to Disney World any time soon, checking your bags (free bags, mind you) just got a little easier. Pop Century resort has offered Southwest checkin since June 2009, and on October 14th, three additional resorts will gain this service: All Star Movies, All Star Music, and All Star Sports.   Southwest also participates in the Magical Express, so... read more

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A Tale of Redemption

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How many people in your office or classroom do you really know?  I mean beyond the normal work or classroom interaction?  I am lucky in that I get to work with a lot of creative, intelligent, and caring People, but to be honest, with most of them, I don’t know their personal disasters or triumphs.  I am sure they all have both some low moments and their sweet tastes of... read more

Swines, Cows—who’s keeping track?

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On this week’s episode of Red Belly Radio, it is an interview with the interviewer. Christi Day hosts this edition and interviews me, your regular host, about my bout with H1N1 also known as the Swine Flu. So as long as we were talking about barnyard animal stuff, I added some bonus footage of a quick interview I caught with a listener who asked me about a previous podcast... read more

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An Old Dog Learns New Tricks

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I recently upgraded my cell phone. It’s been two years and my provider gives a large credit toward a new phone if you sign up for two more years. Smart phones are all the rage these days, so I decided to look into getting one. If you are asking what a smart phone is, think iPhone, BlackBerry, and PalmPre. A smart phone takes multiple gadgets and combines them into one... read more

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Goodnight, Sweet Prince–A 737-200 Takes its Final Journey

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My Fellow Aviation Geeks know that Southwest Airlines retired our last 737-200 on January 17, 2005.  I was one of the lucky Employees (wearing pajamas designed for the event, no less) to have been selected for the hour-long flight onboard N95SW.  Our flight path that day took us down to the Waco area where Captains Jim Rice and Jeff Kilponen turned the airplane around back... read more