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May 1, 2008

I survived my 5 leg day today. It was actually not bad at all. The fact that I slept at least 8 hours last night probably was a huge factor. I’m glad I did. Tomorrow, for the first time in what seems like forever, I can get up whenever I want. I don’t have to be at the airport til 1:25pm. Then it’s just one leg home. Woo hoo!

Today I had a guy ask me for vitamin water. He was completely serious. I wanted to laugh. I had another guy who decided that a flight would be a good time to break his year old nephew’s habit of sucking his thumb. I was thinking, hmmm… there’s one thing that is guaranteed to make this child happy for the next hour, and you’re repeatedly taking it away from him and making him scream. Good job genius. Thankfully he stopped after 20 minutes or so, otherwise I would’ve had to have an intervention. Sometimes when people are waiting to get off the plane I ask them where they’re going, just to make small talk. A man coming in on the 6am from Wilmington yesterday said he was going to the north pole. I thought he was joking. Then he listed all the flights it was going to take for him to get there. After he left Anchorage I kind of lost him. He said he’d get there at 2am. I wonder what time zone(s) the north pole has? I wish I had gotten to talk to him more, cause that is definitely one of the most interesting destinations I’ve come across yet.

After we went for tacos in Wilmington the other night my pilots decided they wanted to get cigars. I wasn’t really interested because my once experience with cigars led me to believe that their wonderful smell is deceiving, but I went along for the walk anyway. We went to this little cigar shop and started talking to the guy that works in there. They both picked out cigars and offered me one, but I still wasn’t interested. Then the sales guy, who has been describing all the different cigars and explaining why they taste a certain way, where they’re grown, etc… shows me this chocolate cigar. It smelled so good and he said it tasted just as good. It also had a coffee flavor somewhere in it. So we got them and walked along the river and smoked our cigars. Now I’m addicted to cigars and am planning on having my room turned into a humidor. That’s a lie. But I did enjoy it. There are certain things in life that if enough sane people are crazy about I’m willing to try it at least once. So I had my chocolate cigar and it was very good. And my FO had the brilliant idea of making me look like a gangster so he lay down on the riverwalk and I acted like I was kicking him and we took a picture. And I was getting paid $1.50/hour. Good times 🙂

I think I’m going to continue my fabulous trend of sleeping on this side of midnight.

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