I am a bit rattled

I know that plane crashes are exceedingly rare.  There are something like 100,000 commercial flights each day of which about 8,600 use the 737 Max planes.  We have had two  crashes separated by about 131 day so that means there have been about 1 million flights (8600 x 131) on the 737 Max planes.  Now if you give me a 1 in a million chance of just about anything else, I wouldn’t think twice about it.  To give some context, the probability of being hit by a car is about 1 in 4,292 (which oh, by the way, I have already done, but that story is for another day).  But for some reason flying on an airplane is different.

charlotte flight.pngAs I have already mentioned, I am flying to Charlotte on Sunday.  The flight was scheduled to be on a 737-800, which I think is one of the planes that is covered by the 737 Max grouping.  As of yesterday morning, I was trying to convince myself that I shouldn’t worry about this, but I must admit, I had a deep sense of unease.  Luckily (?) the president and FAA decided to ground those planes. Now, I have moved on to the more prosaic worry: Will my flight be cancelled?  I checked on Flightaware.com and it appears that yesterday’s flight was on time, so that gives me some comfort.  But I will not be really comfortable until American updates my flight details to show a different plane.  My flight home is scheduled to be on an Airbus 321, which should be fine, provided that there is no knock on effect.

We are flying Southwest to Costa Rica and they are the largest user of the 737 Max planes.  Per the New York Times, they have 34 max-8 out of a total of 750 planes. Our flights to Costa Rica are not scheduled to be on one of them, but our flights home are (I think. hmmmmm, now I am worried).  I guess since those flights are three flights and nearly 2 weeks away, I shouldn’t worry. Also, if I have to be stuck somewhere because of cancelled flights, I would much prefer Costa Rica to Charlotte.



6 weeks – 4 trips

I have a busy few weeks ahead: four trips scheduled in the next 6 weeks.

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA uptown cityscape.The week after next, I am deserting Sue and travelling to Charlotte, NC, for a business trip. I leave Sunday night and return home Thursday night. I would like to tell you that I really like the city of Charlotte, but truth be told, our offices are outside of the city and so I have never been downtown. I am not sure how many of you have been on business trips, but I do not find them particularly fun.  The routine is pretty simple, have breakfast and bad coffee at a generic hotel, go to the office early, spend all day working, back to the hotel for a couple of hours, dinner either alone or with some colleagues at a random restaurant, back to the hotel to work for a few more hours, watch “The Daily Show” & “Late Night with Stephen Colbert,” go to sleep then rinse and repeat.

I arrive back from Charlotte on Thursday afternoon, spend Friday doing my laundry and packing for the next trip. Saturday morning, we leave for our spring break trip to Costa Rica.  We have booked the flights, hotels and many of the day trips, so those are all taken care of.  In the next week or so, we will look at the map and plan the driving portion of the trip, but I will leave that for another post.

chasefieldWe return from Costa Rica on Sunday, March 31.  On the following Thursday, I am once again abandoning my lovely wife to head to Phoenix with my son, Josh.  We are going to the home opening weekend of the Arizona Diamondbacks (Abi:  that is baseball –yay sports!).  We have tickets for two games, Friday, their home opener, and Saturday.  They are playing the Boston Red Sox.  We hope to see Zack Greinke and Chris Sale pitch.  One more stadium off the tour list.

Two weeks later, Sue and I are going to my sister’s house in PA for the weekend.  The entire extended family will be there.  My sister, her husband and all four of her kids; my brother, his wife and three kids; my mother, son and his wife; and potentially some of the other kids’ partners will all be there. We are not a quiet family, so there will be a ton of noise and general madness. It is always great fun.

After we return from PA, it is a quick 6 weeks or so and school is done.  I guess we need to start planning our summer trip…