As a flight attendant, there are no two things more important than your base and your seniority. The base becomes your home and your seniority gives you access to the best trips and vacation weeks possible. For a few years now, my seniority in Chicago has been stagnant due to the droves of flight attendants jumping ship from MDW (Chicago Midway Airport) in favor of the DEN base. To add insult to injury, DEN has been voted Best Base 4 years running (dethroning MDW from our own winner’s streak) and has quickly become the more junior base. What does that mean for me? My decent seniority in MDW would be muuuuch better if I too took the DEN bait. Hmmmm… In early July, I decided to jump a flight to Denver to see what all the hullabaloo was about. Maybe I too would jump ship.
Let me start by saying, I love the mountains and all the fresh water lakes that they create. I also love the outdoorsy life and all it has to offer including the fresh air, camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming. With the exception of skiing (grace is not a word best used to describe me), I love it all! The closest I ever got to that type of lifestyle was when I worked in the ski shop at a resort in Ashland, OR. Being surrounded by the mountains and their constant unrelenting beauty, made me feel alive. In that regard, Denver didn’t disappoint…
After a few days I decided that as much as I loved Denver and all it has to offer (and despite the urging of my DEN friends), I have no plans to move at this juncture. 🙂 Instead, I made a mental tally of the things I liked (Happy Hour, dog friendliness, mountains, outdoorsy peeps) and didn’t like (altitude sickness, cost of living, car dependency) in the event I decide to revisit the DEN base idea in the future. But don’t worry, folks, this trip was not for nothing. I’m happy to report I did accomplish something while I was away…
While visiting, I had the pleasure of staying with my dear friend, Anita. I spoke about Anita in my last post, how we met through a volunteer trip in Thailand, but I failed to mention we are the SAME EXACT person…minus the fact I am 10 years her senior. Up until now, our lives have followed similar paths including adventures in real estate, travel, and flight attending. While both of us have no children, we are both dating men in their mid 40’s with teenagers (I happen to live with mine, she doesn’t). We are both entrepreneurs in various outlets and love to create new streams of income. We don’t eat meat, though she is vegan and I a pescatarian. We both relate to our spiritual sides more than religious. She has solo traveled all over the world, as have I. She cranes her head out the window to yell at people riding in horse-drawn carriages on a sweltering city street (witnessed by my own eyes in Golden, CO) and I yell at people who leave their dogs unattended in hot cars. We both love animals, after all. 😉
Oh, and we are both complete dorks. But that’s beside the point.
During my stay, I was able to catch a small glimpse of Anita’s life in Denver and, even more fascinating to me, her overall spending habits. This is where I discovered one glaring difference between us. She is a spender, ya’ll. Continue reading “Spreading the FIRE”