By Erika Armstrong
“Ladies and gents, welcome aboard your flight. As you step onto my airplane, take a short look into the cockpit. Yep, that’s me sitting within the captains’ seat, and that’s my first officer guffawing approximately how he unintentionally locked himself out of his inn room. bare. Again.
We’re either a bit ripe from flying for the final 5 days, yet we’re nonetheless smiling simply because we have now spent years and millions of hours education and dwelling an unusual way of life to be up the following for you.
For the following few hours, you'll want to flip your existence over to us. It’s demanding to belief others, and there are moments in case you don’t have a decision approximately being up to speed. in the course of these moments, you’ll simply need to tighten your seatbelt and belief that others gets you thru the storm.
Our path this day will take you thru a phase of my lifestyles up within the air, and you'll see stuff you may by no means think. given that i've been locked within the cockpit with males for a number of millions of hours through the years, i've been given a point of view few get to adventure. that can assist you see a unique point of view, too, i'm supplying you with a list to exploit as we movement alongside our path. it's going to take you from gate to gate, and whilst we’re performed, we are going to have either discovered a bit extra approximately what it takes to fly.
Now…just relax and sit back. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”
Erika Armstrong has labored each point of aviation in her twenty-five years within the undefined, together with a global company airline captain. She is an award-winning employees author for Colorado Serenity journal and is a qualified pilot columnist for Disciples of Flight, NYC Aviation, Contrails, Flying, LinkedIn, and company Insider and is the landlord of innovative Aviation Consulting.
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Under brightly painted umbrellas. By the pool. At the counter in the exercise room. In the swivel chairs of the ship's beauty parlor. Which is called Eve's Garden of Earthly Delights. The customers are served finger sandwiches and petits fours. We eat in various dining rooms spread out. Over seven decks.
The pictures are all mine and she can't have them back. We begin a long fight over my mother's wedding album, which she gives me forever and then wants back. She just wants to look at a few of the pictures. Of her parents, Tessie and Al. And of my father, who is so young and handsome. One more time. I don't believe her. I tell her I'll make copies for everyone. As many as she wants, but it's mine. It's unethical to take back what she gave me. The Talmud says to give with an open heart. And then the giver must let go.
They are a strong winning team. For over forty years. Wherever they go, my parents look for Jews. Or any available, open-minded gentiles who are truly interested in the process of cross-cultural fertilization. I don't know how I'm going to last sleeping in the Page 42 same room with Judy and Jan for ten days. And sharing one exceptionally small bathroom that Judy is in all the time. Brushing her long, brown hair and tweezing her eyebrows into thin arches. Throwing up. I can tell she's throwing up by how many times in a row she flushes the toilet.
A Chick in the Cockpit: My Life Up in the Air by Erika Armstrong