And then reality sets in.... sitting on call, waiting for a trip on reserve. After my first 3 days, I managed to get some painting done, spent some time at the shooting range, and worked on my pilot ball caps stuff. Then I get a 3 day trip to Phoenix (twice) and got to fly with an excellent first officer, who I knew from flying the DC9. Had a great trip, even though it was 108 degrees for my layover. That was my last trip though. Since then I've had a little bit of vacation, got to see Charlie for 2 weekends, and generally decompressed from the hectic Summer. This morning I got off of my 2 hour on-call "leash" and go on long call. Long call is nice because you have a minimum of 12 hours notice before your next assignment. From my notification to my flight will be at least 13 hours, but usually more. That means I can have a beer with my burger at the Rusty Nail today.
Sitting around on-call isn't so bad after all. I get stuff done, and get to fly once in awhile. The only drawback is that I have to be on long-call or off duty to pick up Charlie. It may work out next month, with my schedule and his.... but I haven't been able to get more than 3 weekends off yet, and holidays will be sketchy at best.
You can check out my aviation pictures at : http://pilotballcaps.com and look for "Random Flying pics!
Until next time, fly the airplane - do not hurry - silence the bell - read the checklist!