Posts in category "Pilot"

My Television Drives Me Crazy -- Remotely

My Television Drives Me Crazy -- Remotely
My television won’t show me my programs. Or rather, I can’t make it show me. Do you see this? ^^^ In the photo up there? This mess of remote controls? I’m sorry, but nothing in our modern world, where something as simple as turning on a television and making a program you want to watch... Read more »

A Super Bowl Salute to Quarterback Moms (and by that I mean moms who are like quarterbacks and not moms of quarterbacks)

A Super Bowl Salute to Quarterback Moms (and by that I mean moms who are like quarterbacks and not moms of quarterbacks)
As we approach Super Bowl Sunday, I’ve got football on the brain. Which could explain why I’ve begun to think of myself as the quarterback of our family. In fact, I think most moms out there are the resident quarterbacks, relentless calling the plays that get their husbands and children through the multitude of appointments... Read more »

Planes, Trains and Alligators

Planes, Trains and Alligators
As if I didn’t have enough to worry about, now this: Alligators. Not only alligators on the train. Alligators on a plane. Because weather, fuel and snakes weren’t enough. You probably heard the story about the woman who flaunted, not her alligator messenger bag, but her actual alligator on the Blue Line. Seriously. I can’t... Read more »
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Friday Air and Water Show Practice and why it's better at my house

Friday Air and Water Show Practice and why it's better at my house
One of the best kept secrets in Chicago is the Friday practice day for the air and water show. The air show is performed, pretty much as it will be on Saturday and Sunday, but without the crowds and traffic or the radio play by play. Although yesterday, one wise guy was playing the theme... Read more »

A City Mom advocates airplane window anarchy

A City Mom advocates airplane window anarchy
So much of our lives are spent in front of screens these days: computer screens and phone screens and tablet screens, even our books are now appearing on screens. Don’t get me wrong, I love my screens (shameless self-promotion of my latest book available on a screen) as much as anyone, but sometimes I just... Read more »

Facebook impersonators: Here's something you should know

Facebook impersonators: Here's something you should know
If you choose to impersonate someone on Facebook by stealing his or her identity, it’s probably best to not impersonate an air traffic controller—and then try to chat up one of his pilot friends. This gem of wisdom that I bestow upon you is based on a true story that happened to me today. I... Read more »
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Time or money: which do you value more?

Time or money: which do you value more?
Every now and then, life gives you a gift—you find a dollar bill on the sidewalk, or maybe you see a double rainbow, or a stranger pays you a compliment. This week, I received the best gift of all. Time. I got a huge, awesome, whopping gift-chunk of unexpected free time. My trip to London... Read more »

This Yankee girl guest blogs over at Southern Writers Magazine

Why the folks at Southern Writers Magazine and their Suite-T (get it?) blog wanted me as a guest blogger, I don’t know. I’m not even from the south side of Chicago. Perhaps, somehow, they heard about my first venture, at the age of twelve, with novel-length fiction? Regardless, if you want a fix of A... Read more »

"The Europe Club" When co-workers become like family

"The Europe Club" When co-workers become like family
A group of people I work with have become like family to me. I mean that in the nicest possible I love these guys kind of way and not in the Can you believe Uncle Ernie just poured gravy on the cat again kind of way. It’s a rare thing in my industry, at least... Read more »
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Follow the Soldier

Follow the Soldier
After landing at O’Hare on Wednesday evening, we taxied the jet off the runway and turned to face Terminal 1, which looked like it was in a state of emergency. Several Crash/Fire/Rescue trucks and a bunch of airport police cars and ambulances surrounded it, with all their lights flashing. A large crowd of people stood... Read more »