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Joel's trek across Asia/Europe in a Hilux
Phil's Wine Site
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Things Bogans Like
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Straight Guy in the Queer Skies
Skin by Falter
Sunday, November 02, 2008So I'm writing this whilst on Airport Standby, which is most likely my last duty on reserve before I revert back to my lovely normal roster. It's only 3 hours long, from 6-9am, and I have to admit that with my recent sleeping pattern of up at 11am, asleep by 2am, I started the duty quite fatigued, and VERY cranky. We're lucky these days, when I first started in this job, there was just these gross couches cleaned semi-regularly, one small TV with constant soccer, coffee that could barely be called that. Nowdays there are lounging chairs, WI-FI, a Costa cafe downstairs, and a big widescreen TV, which at the moment is currently showing Mulholland Drive.
One thing significantly different about this standby compared to the others is that it is shared with the Airbus 380 crew. And whilst a lot of this post may come across as being a case of Tall Poppy Syndrome, I really do get the feeling they're prancing around the Standby Lounge as if they own the place. I do have a few friends on the fleet (the lovely Toby being one of them) but the ones on standby today really did seem to make themselves noticed. I mean, having a completely different uniform doesn't particularly help, but there's no need to leap up from the couches, go to the kitchenette, pace around the computers for someone to get off. Constantly go in and out of the 'quiet room' making just enough noise to wake people up, but not so loud as to look inconsiderate. Wait by the reception desk and have a giggle when the rest of us non-380 crew get lumped with a shocker flight, or a 9 day Brisbane-Singapore which most standby crew rarely pack well for. They really don't integrate well, only talking amongst themselves, don't really socialise with the rest of us old fleet scum.
So on that note, I guess I'm going to write here why I didn't go for the new fleet. Some readers and friends of mine, I guess awed by what Singapore have brought out, could not fathom that I would not want to be on this flying double decker bus.