December is done. Twenty-Fourteen is done. The "How Much does a First Officer make" post is coming.
The last trip of the month was fun. I had my line Captain back and a senior Flight Attendant in the back.
The Flight Attendant was new to me. Throughout the week he kept asking about my diet. I mentioned once that I was a vegetarian. Over the first 3 days he asked if I ate eggs or fish or a number of other things. I eventually said if it has a face or brain I don't eat it.
The first two nights were in cold cities.
On the third day we were headed to the airport when the Flight Attendant made a funny observation. We were the anti-stereotype crew. The Captain was a woman, The Flight Attendant a man and myself a "black" pilot. He made a joke that "a woman, a black guy and a gay gay walk into a bar." We all started laughing.
The last night was ON the beach in Florida. I had hopes for warmth.....but I was let down. It was in the 50s. The Flight Attendant for the week lived there so he went home. The Captain and I headed to the hotel. She was tired so I went out solo in search of food.
Being Florida everything on the menu at the hotel restaurant had beef, chicken or most common was seafood.
I decided to make the trek to a cafe and bar that's popular with flight crews, but that I had never visited. They had one item on the menu that was ok with me....Nachos. I did order them without meat....got on odd look....I'm used to it.
The next morning was New Years Eve. Early morning 5:20AM van.
Left on time. Normal flight with my Captain flying while I was pilot monitoring.
About halfway into the flight the call button lights up. I answer.
"Are you two ready for breakfast? " ask the Flight Attendant.
"Um well we don't really want anything from the galley." I replied.
"I'm at the door, first up is the Captains meal, I will call back for yours." he replied.
I followed our flight deck access procedures.
I then handed the Captain a tray with a HOT apple turnover, banana, apple, orange juice and a yogurt.
He called back and then handed me a carrot. I was a little confused and started laughing. He then called again and gave me a tray with an apple, banana, bag of fresh granola and an orange juice.
All of the items were purchased at a grocery store the night before. We were in awe.
We ate up and arrived on time. I could not have ended the year with a better crew.