So you may be thinking "this isn't January or even Chinese New Year's what's up? This is FAR more important than either of those, in airline world it's 3rd year pay!!! Every year in airline world is the holy grail (until you cap out) it comes but once a year and it's like Christmas, you look forward to it ALL year. I always like to recap you can read about them last day and here .
This year has brought many changes as well, as I type John is on his way back from LAS. In August he moved from the MD-80 to the 757, and is currently based in LAS. He also wiped out going down the stairs and had surgery on his knee and back, so he has been doing office work in lieu of flying, mostly working on the new rest rules, Part 117.
This year has also seen a successful union drive at his company by teamsters who knows what will happen with that, but overall I think its beneficial.
I have learned a lot of things this year that I had no knowledge in, mostly about unions and the crazy rabidness of some pilots about them, and the inability of a lot of them to put their money where their mouth is. And also about the new rest rules, they are surprisingly (mostly) easy to understand and I proof read all Johns reports.
On the non-work front we sold our house in NM and moved back to the Chicago area! Yea no more crappy homeowners association, and no more crappy medical care! We are extremely happy to be back in the land of good pizza and hotdogs even if it means a longer commute for John. I also started running this past year and have actually been having fun! I even started my own website (that was a learning curve!)that will hopefully be a place to learn about running as well as animal rescues and what events you can do you to help your local shelters and rescues.
If someone had told me a year ago all of this I would have said you're crazy! It just goes to show you; you never know what difference a year can make!