After our son was born I called friends who already had kids and apologized to them for not being more excited for them when they became parents. I didn’t know […]
I have the luxury of working weekends and being able to pick up our son from school most weekdays. I watch with joy as he bounces down the steps […]
I recently read Auto Biography by Earl Swift in which he retraces all the owners of a ’57 Chevy and it’s had me thinking about my first car. It was a […]
How amazing it must be to have no concept of time? How liberating. Plotting our sons growth alongside the chart of mankind’s evolution, he is close to understanding […]
“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 television programing lately. Shows like […]
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 donuts than the man upstairs. […]
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 funny. He’s had funny moments […]
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 mental calendar from the era […]
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 Tell a passenger their flight […]
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 father. Had I begun the […]
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 been years since I bought […]
“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 develop is fascinating. All those […]
My Nana was many things to me over the years. She was a grandmother and a babysitter. She was a mentor and an advisor. She was a resource for travel tips and great grandmother to our son. Through it all, and especially as I grew mature enough to realize it, she was a friend. Our conversations, though split by a fifty year spread, were always casual but meaningful. She would offer me suggestions on how to live my life and how to raise Judah and do so as a peer… never with an air of authority. She kept that spicy Filipino side suppressed until necessary to quickly end a conversation. And believe me, should could pull out the big guns if need be!
Our neighborhood in Baltimore is situated between several colleges and universities and therefor we have many student renters living on our block. It gives me the chance to often think back and realize what a horrible tenet I must have been – back in the day. When we ran out of oil for the furnace we would burn garbage in the fireplace and all sleep in the living room.
During the snow storm last week several snowmen sprung up after the weather cleared. The boys to our right are athletes (I had to spell check athlete) while the boys to our left have a drum kit that they practice on early in the morning.
When looking at the snowmen, I’m certain you can guess whom belongs to whom.
Several times between now and the era of the stage 2 Huggie overnight diapers I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of sleep deprivation to awake in the land of disproportionate proportions with over sized talking caterpillars, four keyed colorful pianos and airplanes whose propellers spin with a psychedelic glow not too far off from the St. Elmo’s fire that buzz around the blades of a turboprop before a lightening strike
In the morning we sit on the porch in our jammies and eat breakfast while the morning commuters honk at each other. Eight hours later we eat a snack outside and watch them return. Typically, we take a couple walks a day with one of the dogs and make sure the neighborhood is in check. We watch a little TV… “Two hours a day maximum, either educational or football. So as you don’t ruin your appreciation of the finer things.”
My job as a pilot is made much easier by checklists and routines. We do the same thing – the same way – every time. Our checklists are written in a way that is intended to flow logically as we set up the cockpit for each phase of flight. It’s the times when something upsets that flow – that checklist items are missed. You’re midway through a taxi checklist and a radio call breaks the cadence of the “challenge and response” and it’s easier (and safer) to start over rather then stumble back into it.
I was asked this last night when looking for a table in Milwaukee. I haven’t heard that in years! It took a second to register what she was asking… and then I couldn’t remember what the alternative answer was. “Um… no. Last available? Er… Whichever is first – as long as it’s not smoking. Well… unless it’s going to be a really long wait. What is the divider between the two availables? If it’s that half wall, I’ll take smoking if I’m within a tables width of the divider. Where are the vents? Are they smoking near the bathroom?
We’ve come across many unexpected obstacles in the 7 weeks since Judah’s birth and navigated several stressful events in the three months prior but the latest, unfortunately, is the most serious one yet. Through it all, when people would sympathize with the lack of sleep brought on by a newborn, I would laugh and say, “He is the easiest part!”
I started using Google Voice months back on my G1 android phone to transcribe my voice mails. When you leave me a message, I get an email containing the text […]
After college, or maybe it was during, I had a job for about a year or so as an overnight DJ at an adult contemporary AM radio station in a […]
Judah Originally uploaded by stork123 We’re right down the hall in our own room and go in to feed and change him every three hours. While we’ve begun to split […]
I was driving home today and saw a dog running around the neighborhood a few blocks from the house. Being the good neighbor and dog owner that I am, I […]
Now we wait. Who would have thought the baby would go full term? Maybe it would be different if the baby was in our belly and we had some signs […]
“Don’t you want your own baby?”
This is my favorite.
If you asked this, don’t be ashamed. I’m not “outing” you. It’s a common question. I hear it about as often as I hear, “Can’t you guys have your own?”
How about this one. “You’re so great to save that baby.”
We’re not saving anyone… we’re starting a family.
Last week I took the birth mom to the Doctor for another sonogram. We’re onto weekly appointments now and I will see her every Friday until the due date of 1.9.10.
We checked in and she rushed off to the restroom. I guess these things happen when you are 35 weeks into a pregnancy. I sat with my back to the receptionist and took note of all the pregnant women in the room. Actually, this is the third seat I took.
At first I decided on a love seat with a floral print and no signs of swine flu with room for two. Once seated, I wasn’t sure how close we should sit. We’ve known each other for more than a month now and have had several times alone together but with all the other moms in the room and the floral print and maybe she doesn’t like love seats.
I got up and moved to a couch for three leaving room for the holy ghost (as the nuns would say in grade school) but then I realized it was out of sight of the bathroom and feared she wouldn’t see me and think we backed out. Then I chose a real comfy love seat with several empty chairs to the right and left and ample magazines to choose from. All this was done in the span of about 60 seconds. All the pregnant moms were watching me. “This guy has some serious nesting issues.” I assumed they were thinking.
Phew, I took my seat.
“Mr. Lebowski.” The receptionist called out. Apparently at me. (Her name isn’t Lebowski although that would be great. We’d have to name our son “Duderino.”)
“Mr. Lebowski.” The receptionist called out. Again.
5:30 am show in DC for a 6:15am flight to Kansas City and then Milwaukee for a 3.5 hour sit in the airport before our trip back to DC. And then, back to Milwaukee for the night. During the 3 and a half hour sit, I rested under a CNN airport news network TV reporting on overworked and underpaid regional pilots. I sat listening to experts compare the experience level of Sully on the Hudson and “commuter pilots.” (I’ve been a commuter pilot for 10 years and have stayed here while watching friends go off to the major airlines with the “experienced pilots” only to get furloughed as those major airlines give more flying to us… the regionals. When hired in 1999, my “Region” was PA. Now it’s the U.S.)
It’s hard to talk about what you are reading when it’s on a Kindle. It’s always, “How do you like the Kindle?” Never, “Oh, Nora Roberts! One of my favorites. Have […]
This was our third leg for the day. We began in Omaha around 2Pm and flew Omaha to Milwaukee and then off to Boston. Boston to Milwaukee had us holding […]
I once quit a job without giving two weeks notice. I quit after my lunch break. The boss wasn’t surprised at all. I think she even wondered why it took […]
A Collection of Photo’s on Flickr of the rest of us Jedi’s from the 70’s and 80’s. It is amazing to look back and see that even though we were […]
The Storks in 2008 (video)
I called to check on room availabilities at a few hotels in Towson for my parents when they come to visit next month. Google, of course, gave me a few […]
and this is it WITH and this is it WITHOUT I’ve always wanted to grow a beard – but have never had the time away from professional life to do […]
On Woensdag (Wednesday), we left Amsterdam for Reno. Well, we attempted to leave Amsterdam for Reno. The daily Usairways flight from AMS to PHL was full and rather than roll […]
bike parkinglot Originally uploaded by stork123 Headlights and mudflaps and trunks oh my. We’ve spent days riding around town. When peddling with groceries in hand it’s a challenge to decide […]
So after a few weeks I think we’ve finally figured out how to use the appliances on the houseboat. We downloaded a few manuals, asked around a bit but ultimately […]
In grade school we wore navy blue pants and white dress shirts. The boys had triangular collars while the girls wore the rounded ones that little Catholic school girls wear. […]
Originally uploaded by stork123 This windmill is down the road from the houseboat. It’s spins in the evening and is on the tourmap for travelers. There is a bar below […]
on the amstel canal northern lights uncluttered my mind peaceful tidbits linger by: susan stray dog barks for me disregard, i’ll sleep it off then a human […]
I wonder if other jobs have simulators that workers play while on break. I’m not sure who this guy is – but maybe he has a checkride coming up and […]
The image of the lander suspended by its parachute has been widely spread online and in the news but it wasn’t until I was browsing through the Phoenix website that […]
With Susan off for the summer, I ‘bid’ to have some weeks off with her. I was awarded 6 weeks from the end of June through early August. Being anxious […]
4sale Originally uploaded by stork123 Well, after living on 1609 for many years now – maybe it’s time to move on to bigger and better. Moving is something we’ve toyed […]
sneaky Originally uploaded by stork123 Aside from bluffing my way into free internet access codes at hotels that don’t offer it FREE to crew – I enjoy the free breakfast […]
trips.png Originally uploaded by stork123 Just found this feature on the facebook Airline Schedule App. This is the same app that allows crews to upload their schedules and compare their […]
xmas07 Originally uploaded by stork123
flight_track_map.gif Originally uploaded by stork123. I just learned about this site flightaware.com. You can watch in real-time or look back on flights and see the routes flown. Today this was […]
I started playing with Twitter a few weeks ago thinking it would just be another site I’d sign up for and never use again… it was that way for a […]