Playing Catch-Up, Part One

 

Playing Catch Up, Part One

It was October of 2015. Joe and I were completing a tour of schools in several southern states before taking a break in Florida.

We spent a few days in Boynton Beach before making the beautiful drive to Key West. There, we spent a week with two sets of great friends… and took part in the very adult-themed week of Fantasy Fest, which is Key West’s Halloween celebration.

On the drive home, we stopped for gas in a town called Punta Gorda. I didn’t know it at the time, but I would soon become more than familiar with this sleepy town on Charlotte Harbor.

At one point during our long slog through the State of Florida, I declared to Joe that we would be moving to Florida within one year. I didn’t know when. I didn’t know how. But I knew that warmer weather and a change of scenery is what we both needed.

Shortly before arriving at our friend’s house in Tampa, I received a phone call from Delta Air Lines. During this conversation, I was invited to attend a face-to-face interview in Atlanta, Georgia. Having worked for a Delta Connection carrier for 9 years, I was excited at the possibility of returning to a job with an airline.

Just a couple days later, I was on a plane to Atlanta (which was funny, having just driven through the city less than 48 hours before.) When I got to the interview, I just wasn’t “feeling it.” In all honesty, the flight attendants and human resource professionals that were processing the applicants were… how do I put this? Stuck-up? Uppity? Better than me?

Soon, we were told the news that I was expecting, but dreading: all newly-hired flight attendants were being based in New York City. And we’d be required to live within a two-hour radius of JFK, LaGuardia and Newark.

Ambition or quality of life? That was the choice I was given. And I chose quality of life. Living in New York City would put my Florida plans on hold indefinitely. So I went with the unknown: an interview with Allegiant Air, that was already on my calendar for early December.

 

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