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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

****Happy Birthday Captain Doug****

Forty nine years ago on this day, Douglas Edward Morris was born in the wee hours in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. His family left the "rock" when he was five and settled on the mainland, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Ironically, Corner Brook is one of the two layovers I avoid when bidding my monthly block. The pairing is unproductive with a 30 hour layover in Cornerbrook which entails a forty minute drive from the YDF (Deer Lake) airport on a good day. (The longest drive in our domestic system) Not only that, the weather can be very inclement with the last time there being in a raging snow storm. The runway is fairly short and for the second biggest city in Newfoundland it has no control tower.

In case you are wondering, LGA (La Guardia) is also on my "no thanks" list. Where delays are the norm instead of the exception.

Speaking of wee hours, this morning I had a wake up for 4:30 out of Ottawa. While sitting in the flight deck, prior to push back, my first officer asked whether it was a good ride. I started to banter a little on the negative side and then stopped. No, it's been great - thinking of my sister dying at 49 with cancer. No sir, to be left seat on the Airbus 320 with Air Canada and to have one's health, you realize the ride has been damn good.

While on descent into Toronto my first officer made a welcome aboard P.A and stated the captain is 49 today. I received about 80 happy birthday wishes.

I'm presently sitting in Calgary and about to meet up with my F/O. I told him he can buy me a birthday beer. I think that's pretty nice of me. :)

Anyone in Calgary knowing where Eau Claire is? I'll be there filling the air with noise at a restaurant named after a red vegetable. You too can buy me a beer. :)

Captain Doug (a young 49 - I think)


Giulia said...
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From the Flight Deck said...

Giulia. That was fast because I just posted. I guess it's just coincidence. :)

It's a beautiful day here in Calgary. Just waiting to meet up with my first officer to celebrate. Although we have an early flight back to Toronto tomorrow morning.

Again, thanks for the birthday wishes and an appreciative thanks for reading my blog.

ATC Happenings said...

Happy Birthday Captain Doug,

Wish I could also buy you a beer on this day. Maybe some other time when you visit Someplace International!

From the Flight Deck said...

ATC Happenings. Thanks for the post. I'll take a rain check. Maybe we will rendezvous one day where there are more Starbucks per capita than any other city in Canada? :)

Anonymous said...

Captain Doug,

Happy Birthday!

I wish I could give you that birthday beer, unfortunately I'm currently 45 mins northeast of YQG in the 37 degree heat instead of in YYC (on vacation visiting family).

I hope you and your F/O enjoy your short stay!

YYC Dispatcher

Aviatrix said...

Happy Birthday, Doug. I'm not in Calgary today, but I'll give you a rain check to collect late ron the beer.

From the Flight Deck said...

YYC dispatcher. My F/O and I are back from dinner. He was kind enough to buy me a beer or two. He is on a special diet which forbids him from drinking most alcohol. Because of it, I was the only one celebrating.

Oh well. A wake up of 4:30 comes early.

Maybe next time in Calgary.

Nathaniel said...

Happy Birthday Doug!

I'll be up in Cornerbrook in a month, hopefully no snow storm!
Keep the great posts coming,

From the Flight Deck said...

Aviatrix. I haven't heard from you in awhile. Hope the flying is going well.

Rain checks are acceptable?

All the best!


From the Flight Deck said...

Nathaniel. What brings you to Corner Brook?

Thanks for posting.

Captain Doug

Nathaniel said...

Oh, just family. A 3 day "layover" :(
Air Canada then sends me off to Bermuda(from T.O. of course) :) On a flight with Captain Doug perhaps??haha.

From the Flight Deck said...

Nathaniel. Off to Bermuda? Nice. I do a Bermuda flight but it's out of YHZ (Halifax) later this month.
Nice spot Bermuda. On September 7th, 1990 Captain Doug was married there.

Daniel said...

Happy Bday!!!! Hope it was a good one =]

From the Flight Deck said...

Thanks Daniel.

Nadia said...

Happy Birthday Doug!

I wish you all the best!!!


Jonathan K said...

Happy birthday my friend,

and thank you for the inspiration you bring in me during my flight training.

Enjoy your day


carlton said...

Many happy returns Capt Doug.

Someone once told me that life begins at 50 so you are alright yet lol

I will buy you a birthday drink if your are around Toronto at the end of this month ; )

Cheers! Carlton.

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Nadia. I have not heard from you in a while.


From the Flight Deck said...

Jonathan. All the best with the flight training and thanks for the post.


From the Flight Deck said...

Carlton. I like that rule of thumb about turning 50.
Because I'm staring right at it.

Gone flying. One leg from Calgary to Toronto ending four days on the road. Then it's a trip down memory lane with my high school reunion this weekend in Halifax.

Thanks for the beer offer.


Joe said...

Greetings, Captain Doug.

Allow me to offer a belated Happy Birthday wish. Am just a couple of years behind you in our march through time so I know the feeling of seeing the big 5 0 getting larger in the rear view mirror.

Hope your ride to YYZ was uneventful and you enjoy the reunion.

[email protected] said...

Happy Birthday Doug!

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Joe. The flight from Calgary was uneventful. Some convective activity was in sight as we neared Thunder Bay. I see it's starting to pop up on the radar
here in Toronto. I like your analogy about seeing the big "50" in the rear view mirror. Isn't that the truth. :)

Yes. tomorrow I'll be heading to Halifax. At the reunion on Saturday, I'll be seeing tons of people my age. I just hope they won't be saying, "Doug, I hope I don't look as old as you do." :)

From the Flight Deck said...

Chris! Thanks for the belated birthday wish. I have people asking me what's happening with the Weather Network.

I insinuated I've been in a holding pattern either waiting for vectors or a EFC time (Expect Further Clearance). :)

Again thanks for the blog visit.

Doug in a holding pattern (Don't worry I have lots of fuel) :)

Nadia said...

Hello Doug,

I really like to wrote more often on your blog but my english is bad (to write). I can also read easily. My husband have to translate for writting those words.

I read your blog everyday.

A beer it's something I'd like to offer you but there is no A320 destination for CYQB. Maybe later or somewhere else.:)


From the Flight Deck said...

Thanks Nadia. I'm surprised we don't fly the A320 into CYQB. I love your city.


P.S your English is very good. I would not let that stop you!

Giulia said...
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From the Flight Deck said...

Giulia. I like your thinking!

But I'm not sure how we can bring the "virtual" world into the "real" world. As well, should cyberspace crossover?

It could be a little turbulent during the transition for some. :)

Real/Cyber Captain Doug

Mark said...

Hi Doug,

Happy Birthday. Cheers to 49 more great years and many more years of flying too. Enjoy the beer... what is it with AC; 12 hrs bottle to throttle?

Take Care


From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Mark. Thanks. I will be off to Halifax this afternoon to attend a high school reunion. I will be taking a trip back in time. I'll be time warped from 49 to age 17.

Should be interesting.

The flights are oversold to Halifax so that too should be interesting.


segun said...


From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Segun. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Captain Doug

Nadia said...

Thanks to Doug and Giulia for good words on my english. My husband help me a bit :)


From the Flight Deck said...

Nadia. You are on a roll. Go for it! It was nice of Giulia to also compliment you on your English. Way to go Giulia! I guess that's what teachers do, promote initiative and encouragement.