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Old 11-16-2011, 09:24 AM   #41
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Of course, I was going to have a career fighting crime, corruption and the forces of evil and instead spent far too much time processing shoplifters, writing tickets for expired registration plates, chasing beer-swilling teenagers off shopping center parking lots and writing reports on fender-benders.

But two or three times a year "the stuff hit the fan" and that was the fun part.
Now the thought of that "stuff hitting the fan" makes me cringe! I love watching that sort of thing on TV, but in real life? Way too scary. Glad it is fun at times for some folks, since we really do need law enforcement to keep those bad guys in check. That is especially true here in New Orleans where the crime situation is so bad.
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:54 AM   #42
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Of course, I was going to have a career fighting crime, corruption and the forces of evil and instead spent far too much time processing shoplifters, writing tickets for expired registration plates, chasing beer-swilling teenagers off shopping center parking lots and writing reports on fender-benders.

But two or three times a year "the stuff hit the fan" and that was the fun part.
I had a minor car accident at Ft Lauderdale airport and needed towing at 1 am. A policecar parked behind mine as a safety measure and waited an hour for the tow truck to arrive. As we were talking he listened to reports of a high speed chase on I-95. I asked about it and he said he really wanted to be there, in the chase, rather than here, just blocking traffic. He wasn't being critical or complaining, just truthful, and said most police felt the same.
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:26 PM   #43
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I was exaggerating, of course, but flying a commercial airliner seems like it would be kind of like driving a bus compared a more nimble aircraft.

I was fortunate to do both.

Flying a fighter was rewarding until military BS outweighed it.

Flying an airliner was rewarding until pay cuts/fatigue/TSA BS outweighed it.

Both had comparable levels of stress.
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I was fortunate to do both.

Flying a fighter was rewarding until military BS outweighed it.

Flying an airliner was rewarding until pay cuts/fatigue/TSA BS outweighed it.

Both had comparable levels of stress.
Thanks for the insight.
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I started paying for my own flying lessons when I was 16, and hit then-mandatory retirement from United at age 60 in 2005. I loved the flying, the people I worked with, and the travel. Had my own airplane for fun flying for several years. In 2000 we were on a layover in Buenos Aires and one of the copilots asked if I would continue flying past age 60 if the rules changed. My reply: "I won't need the money, but the job is so much fun I'll do it forever." That was then.

After 9-11, the TSA, bankruptcy, etc; I couldn't wait to get out. Even though my pension was only about 22% of what i was supposed to receive.
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Gearhead Jim. We never know what's coming. A good friend of mine is an airline attendant with United and had to put off retirement due to changes after 9/11.
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