We recently upped the ante on our nightly single sight word flashcard routine. After recognizing the word on the card before him the boy has […]
How amazing it must be to have no concept of time? How liberating. Plotting our sons growth alongside the chart of mankind’s evolution, […]
It’s the season for gift giving. That means it’s also the season for scrambling to pay off your guilt by dishing out gifts to those […]
This is his fifth Christmas and this year he’s a believer. We took him to see Santa last week. We went to the good one. […]
“Father?” Said the almost five year old. “Listen, there is something I’ve been thinking about. You and I have been watching a lot of classic […]
The meetings are held in the basement of a church near an all-night donut shop. Although both are helpful, the location is more about the […]
For the first time in his life he has come up with something funny. Months later he still calls back to it. And it is […]
Every memorable event in my life that happened before the spring of 2010 is filed away in my brain with a five year buffer. My […]
I was on vacation during the month of July. I ceased all work related activities. I also didn’t… Read a USATODAY Eat airport food Shave […]
In many ways… Hollywood’s depiction of airline life is completely wrong. In some ways it’s spot on and I claim those scenes as just another […]
My work life and home life collided yesterday when my son complained that his toy Hess helicopter wasn’t working as it was supposed to. “My […]
Do not read this if you are in a hotel bed. If you are in a hotel bed please tell me you removed the bedspread. […]
I used to give lip service on Fathers Day. Cards were sent and thanks was given and the love was spread around as abundantly […]
Sometimes people ask me what it’s like to be a pilot. “Wow, that must be so cool! I bet you’re really smart. You must have […]
Many days during my college decade were spent studying the Beat Poets and experimenting with stream of consciousness prose. We turned words cut from the […]
He’s only four and he already thinks he’s smarter than I am. He’s learned how to give the look that says, “Seriously? I wasn’t born […]
How different his world is in 2014 than mine was when I was his age in 1978. This is the blessing of the late blooming […]
Filed away years ago as, “Well, that sure was stupid.” Once, I met Southwest founder and former CEO, Herb Kelleher in the airport. We talked […]
Since the beginning, there have always been two pilots up on the flight deck. Had it not been for the Wright Brothers, maybe we’d only […]
We obviously spend lots of time around the humans. We are in the service industry after all. Day in and day out we spend our […]
I spend about a ten nights a month in hotels. I’ve been doing this job for fourteen years. I’ve slept (or attempted to sleep) in […]
I fear my son will think I don’t read… or listen to music… or vacuum since that task has been assigned to the robot. It’s […]
I just turned 39 and I may have begun nesting. I suppose this typically happens before the child is born but maybe since having him […]
When I was a young airline pilot and new to ‘the road’ I ranked hotels by their proximity to good food and entertainment. Now, I […]
Since his birth in 2010, I’ve wondered when we would start seeing our traits in him. Without the blood bond biological children share with their […]
This article was floating around Facebook today explaining why it is imperative you land a pilot. 6 reasons to be exact. Since I am a […]
There will certainly be a time in our sons life where he will think he is cooler than us and rebel against the way we […]
For a few years now (well, specifically since January 2010), I’ve been quoting a particular scene from a particular horror movie during a particular time […]
“In our personal lives, also, we journey from ignorance to knowledge. Our individual growth reflects the advancement of the species.” Carl Sagan Watching Judah’s brain […]
Years back when Mrs. Stork said she wanted chickens I agreed as long as I was able to build the coop. Actually, I said no […]
It’s been twenty years since I was a college student and I returned this past weekend as an alumni to preach the airline life. These […]
It was a bright and sunny day on the island of Sodor and all the trains were running on time expect for one. Thomas the […]
I’m not gonna go into all the obvious hazards of flying likes skin cancer, alcoholism, divorce and controlled flight into terrain. Those have been covered […]
As the new year approaches its time to evaluate accomplishments from the past year and set goals for the next. While I succeed each year […]
For years now (more than a decade of them) a friend and I have been playing the “who’s the first to become an adult game”. It started in college and was simply a game that would define the moment when you became a man. You entered adulthood when you bought frames for your posters or purchased a box spring for your mattress were common life changing events of the time.
“The rules are pretty simple… Tell me when you have to go potty and we will go potty. Got it?”
I say this at 8am feeling confident I’m gonna crank out potty training today. Boot camp style. Let’s do this.
I ask him again if he understands the rules.
“Yeah.” He says.
He says “yeah” to pretty much everything these days.
With the luxury of non revenue travel also comes the joy of spontaneous adventure. Our trip to India would begin with either a flight from […]
I sat with my bare feet dangling into a tank training a few hundred recently imported Chinese flesh eating fish to not only welcome my […]
All those stories about them learning something new everyday… are true. A few days ago we taught Judah to throw and chase a soccer ball. […]
In high school… I could eat! I was a growing boy. I was always hungry and never gained weight. I was invincible. Or so I thought. There was (maybe still is) a restaurant in Tampa that offered a six pound challenge. Ninetysix ounces of beef for the willing. Eat it all and the table eats for free. I rolled in there with my family like owned the place. I was so confident I even took a date! The whole family gathered around to watch… they ordered what they wanted because surely we’d all be eating for free.
Breakfast today… oatmeal with wheat toast and a cup of milk mixed with some Sesame Street Beginner Words flashcards. For the record, I stacked the […]
Spending money on myself has a whole new meaning now that there is a child in tow. When I buy myself a toy, I like […]
Judah has the aviation bug… already he has begun chasing planes around. I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember. Specifically, it may have started when I was single digits sitting in my fathers office watching people fly RC airplanes in a field across the street. The obsession culminated during many summers at Space Camp not learning about poison ivy like most kids.
It’s a common question in the cockpit during a round of self loathing. “Are you going to encourage your kids to work for the airlines?”
I’ve been home for too long and apparently have had too few conversations with adults. I’ve been off for a few weeks and have spent […]
I dropped him off at daycare before lunch with the plan of only having him there for three hours while I ran some errands. Three […]
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