Now having said all of this, I am sick and tired of pilots thinking that they are due the world. They are not the golden child of the airline. If it weren't for me, they wouldn't fly. If it weren't for the mechanics, flight attendants, dispatcher, ramper, reservationist.... and the list goes on they wouldn't fly. They are mad because upgrades are going to take longer, they are made because the company wants them to take a pay cut, they are mad well just because they are. They want the retired instructors to be terminated because they don't like them. They think they are to hard. They think that when they show up for training that you shouldn't be required to know things like, how many engines are on the plane that you fly (that's not really a question I'm just being cynical :))? That's too hard of a question for people who fly an automated airplane that gets you from point a to point b.
I have read different places where junior first officers have actually said they would rather be furloughed than take a pay cut. They can't live off of what they make now so a paycut would hurt them even more. I read one guy post that he already cut home phone service, negotiated a different cable plan and took one vacation, but he won't be able to afford his second vacation. Ah poor baby.
I'm sick of it. I really, really am. I have been trying to find another job, but haven't had any luck. I'm just tired and frustrated and depressed about the whole thing. Everyone in this country is having a hard time right now. It's taking me just a little longer than I thought to finish my scrapbook, but I'm almost finished. When I do, I've decided I'm going to take a week off from the computer. No emails, no blogs, no news, no forums, no nothing. I need it. I need to go outside and play with my girls more. I need to just go outside more. Maybe I'll get out my sewing stuff or my cross stitching stuff or something to keep me off. I'm just going to get away from reading all of this crap because I have a feeling that things are going to get really ugly and I just don't need an ulcer or anything like that. I have my own house and worries to take care of.