The Great and Powerful Pearl Bailey’s hilarious song (please listen and enjoy above) is about marriage, of course, but I’ve always had kind of a bad-boyfriend relationship with my airline. Yesterday, April 4th, marked my fifteenth anniversary of flying, and, except for the part about us having kids together (god forbid), this song is me and my job in a nutshell.
Nobody panic: this is not yet another post about how good things used to be compared to how crappy they are now. It is a different job than the one I interviewed for, and certainly than the one I envisioned when I started fifteen years ago. I never thought we’d still be on reserve; I certainly never thought I’d be flying straight domestic; and I actively vowed for the first several years of my career that, come what may, the one certainty in the Universe was that I would never — ever, do you hear me? — be based in Denver. Like a budget airline, Life takes us to unexpected places. Continue reading