I blinked & 2017 was already over. How did that happen!? As I do with every year’s end, I peeked through my photographs & re-lived the many adventures all over again. Last year was my first full year working for the airline, so naturally I looked at my travel log as well. I have a little leather journal I use to keep track of my travels, making note of the retail price of a ticket versus the price I paid for a “Non-Revenue Seat Available” employee. My experience so far is that people think every flight I want is a guaranteed seat, just because I’m an employee — and I’m here to tell you that is far from the truth. If there happens to be an open seat on a flight I want to take, those seats are assigned in seniority-order to those passengers who are flying as Non-Revenue employees. Sure, I can purchase a full-fare ticket for a decent discount, but I’m too cheap. Unless I’m traveling for some sort of emergency, I will take my chances with the Non-Rev Roulette. You might say I like to fly by the seat of my pants, & the synopsis of my travels in 2017 is pure proof of that fact.
I've organized each flight by date, destination & airport routing that I flew, with a few anecdotes of the various adventures.
1. January 1 - 3, 2017
My brother-from-another-mother, Aaron, was flying to Mississippi through Denver, where he had a two hour layover. We hadn't seen each other in months, so I decided I would fly to Denver from Colorado Springs (yes, I am spoiled... & who wants to pay for gas & parking in Denver anyway?!) so we could hang out & talk about the good ‘ol days. We drank a beer in the terminal, shared a soft pretzel, talked about life, & FaceTime’d with our partner in crime, Adam, in California. It was as if my favorite dudes never left the great state of Colorado.
My honorary sister, Andrea, had recently had a baby, but her husband was in Texas for the next six months to become a State Trooper. Unfortunately, her wee little baby wouldn’t even sleep for an hour at a time, so I flew in for the weekend to help her sleep & have a much needed break… even though I’m a novice caretaker who needs plenty of schooling before I have my own kids. After my two days there, I was exhausted — this was the trip that gave me a whole, brand new appreciation for all the hard working moms & dads of the world. Not an easy job at all, so please pat yourself on the back if you're a parent, guardian, or caretaker of any kind.
I took a visit to Minnesota to visit my oldest sister, Michelle, her husband, & their two babies. Wren, her youngest, was sick — poor thing only smiled at me one time — but Jude, her oldest, was a giggle box full of sass. We watched movies, played restaurant, & relaxed… which was exactly what I needed after the busy summer season at the airport.
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