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“Hey I’m Chad. I like to have a lot of fun but I like to work when it’s time to work. I run a really relaxed show and I’m very standard and by the book. Before we get started, have you met my lord and savior Jesus Christ?”......blank stare...... “Oh and I don’t allow drinking any alcohol on my trips”.

Me: “Hey I’m Chris. I’m argumentative and I don’t take directions very well. Pleased to meet you.”
Are there CA's that actually do that? If someone told me no drinking on their trip, well they can go have relations with themselves.
 

Nick

Well-Known Member
“Hey I’m Chad. I like to have a lot of fun but I like to work when it’s time to work. I run a really relaxed show and I’m very standard and by the book. Before we get started, have you met my lord and savior Jesus Christ?”......blank stare......

A captain asked me "so where were you before [airline]?"

So I gave the usual description of my career path...grew up in one town, went to college here, CFI'd out there, moved to there to fly for them, then made a move to fly for that one and now I'm here.

Like many of us have, I had made a risky move at one point in my career path and I emphasized at the end of my little story that "Yeah I wasn't sure things were going to work out but in the end it turned out to be a good decision where the best case scenario actually happened."

His reply was immediate: The Lord always has a plan.

Now, I really don't care what anyone's religious beliefs are at all. And I was on probation so I just smiled and nodded.

But I couldn't help but think...didn't I just get done describing a story of my own decisions? And believe in whomever you wish to believe in, it's fine -- but it was my MEC and negotiators fighting tooth and nail to retain an agreement that directly steered my career path. And an MEC from a different airline several years prior that wrote that agreement to begin with. It was their plan. The union always had a plan!

I had thought after a couple regionals that religion was one of the topics that you just don't bring up in any fashion in the 121 cockpit.

He didn't dwell on it, but I was still quite surprised.
 

ClarkGriswold

Non Nutritive Cereal Varnish Engineer
I once had a very religious captain tell me no profanity on his trips. I laughed and told him that was “f&%$ing funny,” then went back to programming the FMS.
SJI friend told me the other day he had a Captain say in his 1st leg briefing "there will be no potty talk on this flight deck". Apparently said friend replied "WTF is potty talk?!"
 

Roger Roger

Paid to sleep, fly for fun
So, I understand where you’re coming from, but let me ask you this: Is there nothing, no subject that interests you, that you haven’t thought “Gee, Foxy, I’d sure like to know a lot more about that!”

Would it be less distasteful if you actually learned something from the experience? Learn something that you actually want and get to check a box.
This topic has gone around enough times that “you can lead a fox to water....” becomes appropriate.
 

Derg

Cap, Roci
Staff member
As we all know, I prefer Captains who bring pastries
And Sioux City Sarsaparilla!

Seriously, my "favorite" are the guys that come amp'ed up about the contract, ask me some strangely vague question about what the company owes him, I say "I don't know, but I'd send an email to your FO rep" then they reword the question, "Hmm, what did your rep say when you emailed him?" Then he rephrases and I swiftly begin running out of ways to tell him "I don't know"
 

jynxyjoe

The Kickin' Chicken!
And Sioux City Sarsaparilla!

Seriously, my "favorite" are the guys that come amp'ed up about the contract, ask me some strangely vague question about what the company owes him, I say "I don't know, but I'd send an email to your FO rep" then they reword the question, "Hmm, what did your rep say when you emailed him?" Then he rephrases and I swiftly begin running out of ways to tell him "I don't know"
Dalgrv@alpa.org

Even a cave man can do it.
 

Cptnchia

Dissatisfied Customer
The only thing I want to hear from a Captain during the briefing is “I don’t care if you want to read”.

I’m antisocial.


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I once had a captain tell me, “Don’t let me wake up and catch you reading.”
I thought he was joking and laughed. He wasn’t joking.
 
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