Cabin crew dating
But you see, even not being able to hold the multitude of international turns, most flight attendants bid for schedules based on days on/off, layovers, trip pairings, or even weekends off.
Or I can tell you that a Cancun, Mexico turn is worth 8.28 hours, which I know off the top of my head as I've done two in the last week alone. Well that's a gem because it is worth 8 and a half hours and lands before dinner.
You may be wondering where I am going with these turns (ironically nowhere), and I am getting there.
The absolute the trip itself was a nightmare, and none of the 'senior mamas' (flight attendants that have been flying awhile) ever wanted to fly it because it was on an old 757 (a single aisle plane with no entertainment, Wi-Fi, or power-ports), and the layover was too long for most. It was more stable then what you kids would call a 'booty-call,' because it was constantly there for you every night. It was better then a significant other because Paris never nags you or tells you to clean up after yourself.
All Paris has to say is, "Tout Va Bien," and in reality, life is always good in Paris.
See, when you are a flight attendant your monthly projection of flight hours varies tremendously, but is usually scheduled between seventy to eighty, for the most part.
If you held a line of Caracas turns (remember those are worth 10.10 hours each), you fly seven or eight of those maximum and you are done. In a thirty-one day contractual month, you are working seven to eight days out of thirty-one. I just recently discovered the beauty of international turns, and since then have been parading on to my work wife Ivey just how much I love them. The hours are long, the day itself is never-ending, but the day reaps with flight hours, the crews are amazing (most are very senior mothers just trying to work and raise kids), and the destinations usually coincide with easy-going vacationing crowds.
I had not truly realized how lonely my life was getting to be until the other day when I was on a layover in Rio de Janeiro, in my hotel room about to take a nap, and the maid knocked on my door.
As I ran up to throw some clothes on realizing I forgot to hang the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door, and that I was in just underwear, I quickly got dressed and answered.
As Tennessee Williams once wrote, "When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone." While Tennessee Williams wrote some of the most brilliant words mankind could have possibly have read at the turn of the twentieth century, he was certainly unaware of the struggles dating, or actively trying to pursue a relationship with a flight attendant would be like.
And even though most of you cringe at the sound of hearing his name because it takes you back to a cornucopia of indelible memories of monotonous English literature, thesis papers, and vocabulary quizzes, Tennessee wrote some pretty remarkable words that often fall on deaf ears.
But not to worry, as then I moved on to Sao Paulo, which I flew until my little heart was content. And once again, not to worry, I really started to explore new destinations such as Zurich, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and the United Kingdom.