Well, itís been a busy third/beginning fourth
quarter '09 with all the new
flying and destinations, not to mention the move back
to the Northeast just a mere two months ago!?...
Continuing the grind into August and September in the south, the good
old "Widget Works" was at it again re-shuffling their staffing and
such!? Already having spent a couple "grueling" months sitting
around the crash with nothing to do, the prospect of losing even more of
what little "reserve" seniority (bottom 5%) I was grasping onto, yours
truly did a little number crunching. So with just a mere 36
hours before the deadline and lots of thought prior, I made a strategic
move to bid back to NYC Although still a bid into the Mighty MD-88
Mad-Dog (or "Bad-Dog" as I am constantly saying!?) and the domestic
sector, I figured the worst case scenario would be senior reserve?
I felt the commute would be worth that pain for the opportunity to have
something to do if found myself with the plethora of "free time" I was
afforded in Atlanta. However, through a seemingly random twist of
fate, I found myself moving back to NYC not in a junior position but
nicely planted in the middle of the pack (50%). Thus far I have
been able to hold a regular line (schedule) and have had the opportunity
to move/drop and trade most trips for what I have needed.
Admittedly, having had Thanksgiving off AND Christmas off (Off Dec.
14-30th) I have to say, so far, it's been the best move I've made
at work! Watch this space as I continue to march along...
In a health note/update, I've been able to maintain my lower weight
despite the re-visiting to some "late night" snacking with my tea, still
hovering the 159-160 mark. Not too shabby considering I have a
week in Florida for the Annual FUBAR/ERAU reunion AND a 19+ lb Turkey at
Thanksgiving!?... Also been able to hit a few more Hooter's, with
the list hitting the 154 mark! (By the way, all the Florida action
will be coming 1st update next year!?...)
So, anyway, enough with all the flying drama!? In late
October, the Little Dude and I partook in Star Wars Fan Days.
Being just prior to Halloween, Little Dude thought it would be cool
to wear his Commander Cody Clone Trooper Outfit and he was a crowd
pleaser; having posed with a half a dozen or so visitors who wanted
a picture! - Very cool!... Here's a couple high-lights (or
low-lights, depending on what side of the Geek Spectrum you're
|Little Dude realizes one
dilemma of the Empire?
(Christy), Cyber Kid & Little Dude
|Yes, that's Elvis!?...
and Leia; oh and Dude!
||This isn't the droid
your looking for!
||Mini Boba Fett, meet
Mini Cmdr. Cody!
In addition to Darth M and Little Dude taking part in all the
festivities that Star Wars Fan Days has to offer, Cheeky Monkey was
also in attendance!?... Dressed as Chewbacca. Cheeky was there
for one mission and one mission only too! - To meet the one and only
Peter Mayhew, the actor behind our favorite wookie costume!?
All in all, it was a great day out!...
|Just call me "Cheekybacca"...
||Sweet, it's Peter
Mayhew and he's talking to me!!!
Outside of the Star Wars Madness, and yet
in other GEEK Darth M news, the Cyber Kid (dragging along
with Little Dude) attended the ComicCon '09 back in late
August as well. Although not as "visually"
entertaining, I was able to meet and chat with J. Scott
Campbell of Gen13 fame from the 90's "rock-star" comic era!
He was selling
his new calendar of which I had to
partake; the artwork was stunning and up to his typical
standard. Signing a few of the panels in the calendar
for me, I left his table clutching my artistic prize
(actually it cost me a cool $20 bucks) and couldn't help but
wonder if that's how Tolkien intended Gollum had felt when
he finally got back his "Precious!?"...
Right from the FUBARHQ side of the house: In big FUBAR Publishing
News, the FUBAR Entertainment Group has finally, after 3 years in the
making, published the CHEEKY MONKEY photo blog/online journal.
Debuting at #1 among all traveling primate blogs and containing over
500+ captioned photos, the FUBARS pulled no punches. If you'd like
to keep track of CHEEKY'S "continuing" adventures, be sure to check out
his website -
That was a huge undertaking on the part of everyone involved
however, I'm happy to have it online and up to date!? Be sure
to check it out! and come back often as it will be updated as
quickly as the monkey can get it done!?...
Anyway thatís about it for Darth M this
quarter. In all the repeat news -
Be sure to check out ALL the
pictures of ALEX and JESSICA's
adventures in their galleries, and all the new pics in the
MY AVIATION ADVENTURES gallery as well as all the
FUBARHQ news and content -