The List, The Trips, The Call & The Voice

February 14, 2009 5 Comments A+ a-

It's a Valentine's Day Saturday afternoon here in our nation's capitol--an overcast, grey kinda day. My cell phone is charged, my iPod is full of new stuff, and my suitcase is packed. It can only mean one thing: another day on Reserve.

So far this month, I've had a lot of days like this. Waiting for the phone call. The Call. The one where the Mystery Voice tells me where I'm going. Some days it comes early-like two o'clock in the morning early...and other days, well, it never comes at all.

We are able, via computer, to view our position on the Reserve List, and the Open Trips, which gives you a pretty good idea of when The Voice will call. For instance, I went to bed last night after looking at The List and The Trips, and was confident that I wouldn't be called in the middle of the night. There was one trip that started at 6:30 in the morning-and the rest start tonight. I was number 16 on the list. A whole lotta people would have been calling in sick for me to get an early morning assignment. (Basically.)

So, I slept in this morning...fully expecting to have been called while in my additional slumber. And, no...nothing. I have been slowly moving up The List all morning--as The Voice assigns The Trips, names fall off The List and other names move into a higher position for The Call.

It's almost 1:30 now and I just checked the Reserve List. I am now first on The List. There are a few trips that start in the next couple of hours-"turns" (aka "out 'n backs") to Denver, Chicago and another to Orlando. I can't be called for those because The Voice is required to give me four hours notice.

There are several International trips. I covet International trips. There, I said it. There's Zurich, Brussels, Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, Dubai, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero available. Rome and BA need language speakers--so I'm not good for those. These trips all depart tonight, after 8:00 p.m.

So, I'm hoping no domestic crews misconnect. And, maybe, just maybe, I'll get an International trip. There are benefits to getting some domestic trips--like a short layover in Chicago and flying back the next morning, having to do with credited hours and our contract--but, I'd really like to end up anywhere but there tonight!

Please cross your little International wishin' fingers for me--and I'll let you know when I get The Call what trip The Voice assigns me today.

**update
The Voice just called--I'm going to Frankfurt tonight!

Blondie
Blondie

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February 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM delete

Anything fun in Frankfurt? I got stuck at that dang airport for 2 days trying to get out (standby). Not such fond memories!

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DUNCAN
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February 15, 2009 at 8:53 PM delete

Good for you, have a beer for me!

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February 16, 2009 at 4:04 PM delete

That post gave me the heebie jeebie's...even though it's been about 13 years since reserve for me, I remember it well: ) My calls always seemed to come at 3am! My fingers were crossed, hope you went over seas! I do miss when I was in our international base..are your bases combined? Lucky! Anyway, do you have e-mail? I have a question for you or would you e-mail me? theflyingpinto@aol.com...thanks, Sara

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Julie
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February 17, 2009 at 6:59 AM delete

I'm curious about how your trip to Frankfort was. That is awesome! Did you have any other legs on this trip?

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February 19, 2009 at 2:33 AM delete

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