I had yesterday off (enjoyed a baseball game with my wife and her coworkers). I have tomorrow and Saturday off (going to another baseball game at AT&T Park in San Francisco). I am on reserve just today and then start again on Sunday.
Being the most junior pilot in my status I thought for sure I would have morning airport standby. For this month I have the afternoon airport standby line. For three days of a four day stint I have a shift from 2PM to 10PM where I standby for a flight. On the fourth day I am assigned straight reserve. Today is just a random reserve day.
I really thought I would get morning airport standby since it's not covered. Nope. I got assigned a 10AM till midnight reserve call out assignment. I have to be available during those hours for a 2 hour call out. Since I have tomorrow off I can't be forced into an overnight unless no one else is available. There are 7 other pilots above me on reserve today.
The last flight that is a part of a turn (meaning leaves to an outstation with a flight back to base) leaves at 5:20PM. So the latest they can call me to make that flight is 2:35PM. In addition to the 2 hour call out I have 45 minutes to prep for the flight (check charts, preflight and other duties). So I am really only concerned between 10AM and 2:35PM. Not too shabby.
I got the idea to go to AT&T Park from a blurb in Maxim magazine. Maxim actually has REALLY good articles. In the most recent magazine I saw this:
Gilroy Garlic Fries, $6.50
AT&T Park—San Francisco, CA
With Barry Bonds gone next year, Gilroy Garlic Fries (delicious fries smothered in minced garlic and parsley) might be the only legitimate reason to catch a Giants game in 2008.
Let the games begin!!!