Anomalies in the Engine

The title is NOT what you want your pilot to tell you. You see, Sunday I had to fly to the east coast for a company meeting. While on the runway, our pilot gets on the intercom and says “We’ll have to pull back into the gate, our testing brought up an anomaly in the right engine.” Um, okay, an anomaly? Well, after we pulled back into the gate, they did some testing for about 10 minutes, and then the pilot came back on to say “Well we tested everything, and all appears to be good, so we’ll be taking off shortly.” All APPEARS TO BE GOOD??? No explanation? Needless to say, that was quite unnerving, but everything did go off without a hitch. I just don’t think that anomaly is the best word to use in such a situation…

However, with the anomaly out of the way and the flight over, we had a welcome party at our company gathering. We had fake money that we could use to gamble with, and lots of drinks, food and karaoke. We have some surpisingly good singing talent at our company, so I stayed at the gambling table. It was a great time, and I ended up winning $23,000 in fake cash at blackjack. Needless to say, I was playing like I never would have in real life 🙂

To end the evening we headed back to the hotel bar. We closed IT down, and then stayed up playing liar’s poker. Needless to say, getting to bed at 3:30 AM the night before an all-day meeting was probably not one of the smartest things I could have done, but it all ended good. The meeting was informative, and it looks like different groups might start playing nicely with each other. Always a good thing… Got back into Chicago at 8:30 PM, got home at 9:30 PM and slept like the dead.

How can 36 hours feel like a week? Oh yeah, lack of sleep and lots of Jack Daniel’s 🙂