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Diesel Daughter

Diesel Daughter
"Diesel Daughter" graduates (Grade 12) Yahoo!!!!!!


Before losing me with the almost perpetual line of graduates receiving their diplomas, distinctions and awards one teacher quoted this poem from Erma Bombeck in her speech. Heck, it even mentions flying.... :))))

I see children as kites.

You spend a lifetime trying to get them off the ground.

You run with them until you're both breathless...they crash...

you add a longer tail... they hit the rooftop...

you pluck them out of the spout...

you patch and comfort, adjust and teach.

You watch them lifted by the wind and assure them that someday they'll fly.

Finally, they are airborne, but they need more string and you

keep letting it out and with each twist of the ball of twine,

there is a sadness that goes with the joy because the kite

becomes more distant and somehow you know that it won't be

long before that beautiful creature will snap the lifeline that

bound you together and soar as it was meant to soar... free and alone.

Only then do you know that you did your job.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

At the Weather Network

Click on the above photo (or click here)and then once you get to the website click on it again. (Then click on my "mug" shot on the side) The tapes are labelled Winter fuel/People it takes to fly/Airline winter safety. I could not get direct links to work.

Tuesday night I received a call from the Weather Network wondering if I would be up for an interview during the pending storm. I try not to deny opportunity so.. in I went.

They wanted to interview me outside in the snow so I thought it would be more appropriate to wear my uniform. (Plus my uniform comes with a hat) I've been given the green light to wear it. The "first" live interview went well but snowflakes adhered to the camera. The producer beckoned us inside. I did two more "live" interviews and then these three short tapes. To be honest the live ones went better than the taped ones. They were much longer.

There sure is some VERY attractive personnel working at the Weather Network and that includes Natalie who interviewed Captain Doug. I posted the pictures of her because she is a heck of a lot better looking than I. lol

(TWN Chris, if you are reading this I'm certain you have a HUGE fan club as well) :)

I watched her do a few "live" presentations and she did not miss a beat nor stutter.
As one captain once told me, "smoothness counts" and that includes television. Wow.

I'm not sure what I think of these next three tapes. One thing for sure, I need sun.
It's been a loooong winter. :)



Adam aka "The Winnipeger" said...

Hi Captain Doug!
That was a solid Interview! Here in "Winterpeg" we just got out of a huge strom and frigid coold! But today we were above zero, and it is supposed stay that way for a bit!!!:)How is it looking at the East Coast?
Happy Flying!

The Winterpeger,

Daniel said...

Good interview. We got another snow day today which is good. I thought there wasn't going to be but apparently blowing snow helped keep the plows off.

From the Flight Deck said...

Adam aka the YWGer.

Solid...now that's a good way of putting it. :) :) :)

I see the East coast got hit hard. I don't think downtown Toronto got more than 15 cm.

I think the hype was bigger than the storm. :)
Having said that, everyone did a great job in the proactive departement. Things could have been a lot worse.

Captain Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

Daniel. You guys sure do get a lot of snow days. This "snow day" for us was the first one in ten years.
Maybe we Torontonians aren't such big wimps after all? LOL

Captain Doug

Daniel said...

Hahaha, I was complaining to my dad that this year started off with no snow days but I got my prayers answered.

benjaminrowley78 said...

I love the interviews that u do on The Weather Network!!!

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Benjamin. Thanks for the vote. Much appreciated! Captain Doug

Craig said...

Nicely done Capt. Doug. The interviews are great, and a nice break from the same old, same old. Of course, the same old, same old is much easier to swallow when it involves TWN lovelies like your friend Natalie :-)

Escaped to Calgary for a short overnight break on a work trip. It's going to be difficult to leave this nice +6 temp and return home to frosty YYZ tomorrow. On the positive side, I'll have a chance to finish your/my book. It really is a good read at FL370.


Tim said...

Great interviews, Capt. Doug! Nice to see you again on TWN online!


From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Craig. I concur with the "same old, same old." ahem :)

Glad your enjoying my book.

Thanks for the comments!

Captain Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Tim.
I might be doing a piece about deicing at Toronto Pearson. But the Weather Network must get permission first with the airport authority. And you probably can guess how that is going. :)

A big thanks Tim.

Captain Doug

Cedarglen said...

Capt. Doug, Yup, I found the two video clips. Good stuff. My take is that a weather-grounded flyboy is having way too much fun . Perhaps the Weather women are just way too cute to resist .
As always, there is something of interest on your blog. Plenty of other pilot blogs, but yours gets the hits. I wonder why... Most of the others post weekly or monthly or even less often. Those that do post more often are often 'off-topic' and a bore. You have it right, our friend and that's why you get the hits. Please keep up the great work. No reply necessary; spend your time on something of interest to all. Best wishes,

getjets said...

Agreed.....well spoken answers, Captain Doug....perhaps Longer segments on Aviation in the future, as it relates to weather,or would it be the other way around...? a treat for sure...made all the more easier, with someone whom easy on the eyes...Continue having Fun...and all the while..... informing us all!!!!

OBSERVATION: Compared to Captain Doug, and many of his followers....northern territories,the States...
A few "ice ticks" on the windows here in S.Louisiana, you think the world was about to end, schools closed, overpasses blocked,(iced over),course that could mean...someone crossing overpass with a coke with ice in it....ha ha unessential gov't worker's given the ok to stay home....and when comes to unessential workers....ESSENTIALLY, I don't want my Ars at work either....! OK rest of the world...we're going thru a CAT-5 "almost ice storm"....Funny how perseption can be so very different depending on location!Gotta a call from a customer of our's(oilfield related), i could not put him through to our sales"person of interest" and why not...because they're not at work, either.."What if the ice is a 1/1000 of an inch thick...!!!I asked the customer..where are you calling from, reply--The Netherlands...He laughed,about my little rant on "almost life threating weather".............oops no sympathy for us!!!

From the Flight Deck said...

Cedarglen (Craig)

There's no doubt about it, TWN is not hiring over the phone. :) But that's what sells, and sell it does. :)

Thanks for the many compliments both on the quality and direction of my blog.

There's always something bouncing around my head.

One day I'll run out. :)

Until then.... Captain Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

Getjets. Yes, perception counts big time. I've flown to Tampa, Florida where the rampies were wearing parkas at plus 10C (50F) temperatures.

But the word "hype" also comes to mind. :)
I guess the CNN effect is worldwide. :)

Thanks for the feedback on the clips.

Captain Doug

P.S I've been asked to do another interview Tuesday at the airport but work is getting in the way. :)

From the Flight Deck said...

Aviatrix. It was one of the "tricks of the trade" I learned when I was a met man. Of course it depends on snow type...but you knew that. :)

How's that resume with AC?

Don't be discouraged.

I just heard they had to delay the second course in February because they couldn't get enough pilots. Translation...the process is taking way too much time. They are interviewing 40 pilots for
10 positions. Someone must think our next airplane is the space shuttle instead of the B787. lol

Captain Doug

Chris Gardner said...

This interview of carrying extra fuel in the winter time reminds me a story told by comic Ron James wher he tried to fly to Halifax from Toronto but was bounced around like a pinball game from one airport to another and winding up getting of the plane in Toronto. Poor guy he didn,t get to halifax.

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Chris. Yes, this can happen especially in the weather infested East Coast. :)

Speaking of which, I will be in YYT LATE tonight. I see you guys will be hosting a snowstorm when I depart the next day. :)

Captain Doug

Daniel Asuncion said...

An airline captain has to understand meteorology as well as a submarine captain understands the ocean...


[Your interviewer]
Yes, it does seem that there are many beautiful people in TV weather. Does meteorology attract good looking people, or can studying meteorology make you better looking?

Maybe I'll borrow a book on this subject...see what happens.