Originally Posted by Leonidas
Because as I walked into the plane I heard him lament how the job was just not the same anymore. The company's lack of trust in it's pilots, poor working conditions, etc.
Oh great, Mr. Grumpy the disgruntled employee is flying today! And his backup is the dude who hasn't been around long enough to get some stripy things on his shirt.
A bit off topic, but yesterday I saw a very old woman with bad cancer, accompanied by her gen-x son who was irate and had antagonized every previous doctor she had seen -- really out of control and I was forewarned. For whatever reason he took a liking to me and said more than once that he can't stand young doctors, or how the old ones like me at least know how to explain things, blah blah. All I really did was lend him an ear, refrain from antagonizing him and maybe paid him a compliment or two on how well he understood this complex situation.
I learned from my nurse that he was originally scheduled to see one of my very capable but young (40ish) colleagues and the nurses conspired to swap him with another patient so that the trouble-maker's mom saw me instead. The gist of it, yes, was that he'd do better with a more experienced doctor.
I guess we all get to where we can't dodge it any more, how we are perceived as seriously "senior." I hope your co-pilot took advantage of working with the cynical and achey senior pilot - probably could learn a lot.