It has been a great few days of avgeekery around Seattle and I manged to get a lot of great stuff this week… so here are some for your Sunday night enjoyment:
A Southwest 737-300 in new Livery
A United 737-900ER with Scimitars
Alaska’s new livery
A Delta 737-900ER with my friend Charles onboard
Stay tuned later in the week for more!
So some of you have seen that I have a conditional job approval, the job is something that I don’t really want to do long term, but till something better comes along, it will fill the hole and hey, it pays. The job requires me working out doors with some good upper body strength (which should give people some idea as to what I am doing) and sadly, that is something I haven’t paid much attention to for a while. All I have been doing the last year or more has been running or bike, one or the other, all cardio all the time! I had to do a physical abilities test for the job (hence conditional approval) and while I smashed through a lot of the cardio part of it with ease, the strength testing was not that great.
The funny part of the story is that the Physical Therapist (PT) giving me the test said that I need to focus on my upper body training for the next few weeks before the job starts, so that the first few days are not going to be a problem. What he didn’t know is that for a good 6 months or more, Heidi has been telling me the same thing. Right then I was thinking “probably should have listened to my wife (she wasn’t my wife at the time but you know how that goes) and done what she said”. The PT thought that was a good laugh and kept going with the test. Telling me what I need to focus on over the next couple of weeks.
So I wake up this morning, after a night of helping to build IKEA furniture (and video games) and my body was fighting me big time. Just after the test yesterday my body was aching, telling me I had done bad things. Sucks to be my body though because it is time to start doing some weights. I pushed it through for about 45 minutes (wanted to do an hour but that wasn’t going to happen first day out). I guess I will have to keep pushing through it, because I tell you what, it may hurt, but it has to be done!
Here is to a new lot of muscles!
Final Day of Avgeek goodies, more from around Seattle
British Airways – Boeing 777-200ER
Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-700 – Portland Timbers Livery
Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-400 Combi
Delta Air Lines – Airbus A330-300
Republic Airways – Embraer E190
Cargolux – Boeing 747-8F
Cargolux – Boeing 747-8F
And that conludes my first week of march in spotting
A nice little game of playing Spot the Differences in these photos
The Old Alaska Livery
The New Alaska Livery
If you mention that the planes are going different directions, that is NOT a difference. I just don’t have any straight (non etops) 737-800s of Alaska apparently (stupid 900ERs seem so common now).
So here are some more photos from a lot of the spotting I have been doing around Seattle lately!
Up close with a JAL Boeing 787
Skywest Airlines – Canadair CRJ-700
A Rare sight in Seattle is the Horizon Airways – De Haviland Dash 8-Q400 – University of Alaska Anchorage Livery
Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-400 – Disneyland Livery
All Nippon Airways – Boeing 787-8
US Airways Airbus A320
jetBlue – Airbus A320 – Fly-Fi Livery
Stay Tuned for more!
I have been meaning to post these photos for a couple of weeks now, but with all of the other photos I have taken lately I have spent more time working on them. I also had a trip to Chicago that came at last second so that pulled me away from home for a day or two. So now enjoy below some of the photos from the SeaTac Airport tour during Aviation Geek Fest 2015. A couple of hours of driving around the ramp at the airport means you get to enjoy lots of great up close photos like these:
Air Canada – Embraer E190
Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-900ER with Scimitars!
Skywest Airlines – Canadair CRJ-900
The confusion plane! A US Airways A321 in American Airlines livery…
Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-800
Alaska Airlines – Boeing 737-900ER
Horizon Airways – De Haviland Canada Dash 8-Q400 – Boise State Livery
Hawaiian Airlines – Airbus A330-200
Delta Air Lines – Airbus A330-300
Stay Tuned for more!
Well this wasn’t the Avgeek piece I was expecting to do, since I have a heap of photos from last weekends SeaTac tour to post, but this is so special I have to.
This my friends is Icelandair’s Hekla Aurora, a special livery dedicated to the Aurora Borealis. Enjoy the pretties (as Heidi would say).
I walked away from work today feeling very very different. In some ways I was ecstatic, but in others kind of sad. The last 12 months have not been easy for me. I have had a very tumultuous time on the personal side. Heidi has been there through all of it by my side and I know that she is happy the last 12 months are over. I won’t go into too much depth online but let’s just say that today was a day that some people have wanted for a while.
I walked out of the DUA office today, never to return. As of this moment I am currently unemployed, something I have not been for quite some time. When I left Australia just under 3 years ago, I had a plan, I had a goal to work in the USA for a couple of years and return home. That obviously has changed, and for the better of course. But although the last few months at work have not been easy, they had to be done. I don’t hold bad feelings towards my old work, but there was a lot of negativity for a while. But they helped me get here over to the USA and without them I never would have met the love of my life, I wouldn’t be married.
So right now as I sit here in front of my pc on a Friday night, for the first time in 3 years I have no job to go to on Monday, who knows what the future will bring. I need to start applying for jobs and get some focus in my life, but either way, there is a future ahead. I just need to work out what that is.
This is not the post I was going to write this week, it was going to be full of Avgeek Porn, but that didn’t happen (haven’t finished the photos yet) and then I was going to write something else about the visa process (that can wait too). Since the reason I am behind in my photos is because I skipped going for a run yesterday morning, I should at least talk about that.
Right now, Thursday morning, my body despises me. It hates my guts! Why? Well because I decided to sleep in yesterday morning (only an extra 30 mins) instead of going for a run. What I decided to do was keep that run for when I got home. Yeah, not a good idea. In the past I might have gone to the gym in the morning and then maybe a short run in the afternoon. Everytime I did that, I only lasted about 2-3km before my legs where just crap. A day at work with my legs stuck under a desk, or having to be cramped in a bus for an hour to get home (yep, yesterday took an hour and a quarter to get home thanks to traffic and rain & delays), never leaves my legs in good shape. So running in the afternoon never happens properly. Except yesterday I pushed through it and ran the full 5kms (in the rain as well).
This was the dumbest idea I have had in a while, and right now my legs hate my guts. My shins are tight and feel like someone has been jumping up and down on them. My calves feel like someone has been stabbing needles into them, and all of this because I decided to get some extra sleep. Since I run at least 3 days a week and Friday morning is always a run day before the weekly weigh in, I have no choice really but to run tomorrow. I hope to god that my legs are better by then or I will just be making it worse. Well the main thing is that I did run and I got out there, but I seriously am not doing that again… my legs just can’t handle the afternoon run. I don’t know why but a morning run is always more refreshing to me.
Eh… maybe I should just stop whining?
It’s Friday. All over the USA (And some parts of Europe as well) people are hopping onboard aircraft, jetting their way towards Seattle. I am sure there are many people heading here for business or for the Seattle Food & Wine Expo or for Alton Brown Live this weekend. But some people are heading their way towards Seattle for some Avgeek time. This weekend is the Annual Aviation Geek Fest (AGF) and this will be the third year running that I will be helping out.
Although this year I didn’t help as much as the past for planning (since I believe a lot of it was done behind the scenes) I will still be there over the weekend, running around like a crazy person I am sure. But the weekend is also great for the fact that I get to meet so many people. I get to share my passion for Aviation with many like minded people, and also get to just be open about all of it. No need to hide the fact I like planes when everyone else at AGF does too! Catching up with friends on this annual visit is also fairly handy and I can’t wait to do that.
Although this year I won’t be able to make the social gathering on Saturday night (since I will be at the aforementioned Alton Brown Live. Heidi & I bought tickets last May) it means that social time with everyone won’t be as great as last year, and my first AGF as a married man will be spent without Heidi around (she will be working most of the time). It doesn’t change the fact that I will be having a heap of fun but it would have been nice to have her around, so she can experience some things for the first time.
It’s a big weekend, I can’t wait to get up to Everett tomorrow and get on that factory floor again, have a blast with everyone and just enjoy myself. Everyone who is coming to Seattle for AGF should have a really good time, and if you don’t, well… take a look at yourself!