Every month....hmm....every week....well really everyday I hear nothing but doom and gloom about my job. Hiring stopped last May. Since then the economy has tanked. Planes have been parked in the desert. Schedules have been reduced. But not pilots have been let go.
The talk of furloughs has been all around the cockpit and crewroom for months. Yesterday there was an email sent out from my union that furloughs are imminent. How many? No one knows. I have exactly 299 pilots below me as of March 24, 2009. Last time there were furloughs the airline let go 300 pilots in a little more than 6 weeks. This was right after 9/11. Rumor is future bookings are at levels not seen since winter 2001....or right after 9/11.
To borrow a line from Steve McCroskey;"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue."
Eric (of EricandAngela.com) will be joining the Macbook world soon. He is getting a new job where he can work from home. Part of the job includes a Macbook Pro. Nice. I am sure he will be in for a huge culture shock like I was going from a PC to a Mac.
Kelli and I might be going to Minneapolis Sunday for lunch and to visit the Mall of America. Flights are open and a rental car from Dollar is $17 all in.
Kevin, my brother in law, is coming to town in a week to apply for a job in the local police job. Houses are super cheap, Police jobs are high paying and lots of Hospitals around for his wife to get a job as a nurse.
Could be a rough couple of months until this economy comes back.