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Taking Off [Apr. 13th, 2004|05:57 pm]
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My first flight is tomorrow!



Tomorrow I'm flying to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Insha'Allah; if God be willing.) The next day is my birthday, and I'll fly to Hyderabad, India.

On my first two ("supernumary") flights, and ONLY on my first two flights, I'll be entitled to sit in the cockpit for take-off and landing!! I can't wait!

Tonight, besides doing some ironing and checking that I've got my 7,000,000,000 required documents in one place, I'll have to study. I'll be asked safety and emergency procedures questions (including first aid) before each flight, and I'll be offloaded if I fail to answer satisfactorily.

So yes, friends, I have graduated. Nearly 7 weeks that felt like a lifetime. I've assimilated the doctrine. Become educated on aeronautics, medicine, and the finer points of service. I've supported friends and been supported. Watched friendships and relationships shatter, and seen new ones blossom. I've listened to more R&B than I cared to. I've made the La Marquise French Bakery my second home. I've taken great advantage of the free booze and free shisha that Dubai offers to women. I've begun to really study Arabic and the Koran (both recommended to anybody). I've ridden the water taxi, eaten great Indian feasts for under $5, seen the gold souks and the beach and the movies, drunk holy water, been to church, sung karaoke, participated in the production of a music video, rehearsed and performed a song & dance with 15 other people.

You could say I've had fun. I have so, so much to tell you, but I have to get out of this internet cafe. It's cold and they never stop playing the same @#$!! Inspiral Carpets album. But I'll pop in to let you know how my first flights turn out. Maassalama!
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-04-13 06:53 am (UTC)
congratulations Susan, that is kickarse! Bissalama! :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-04-17 05:17 am (UTC)
Shukran, Pooh! I did, and I will. =D
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From: rie_football
2004-04-13 06:59 am (UTC)
Sotsugyou omedetou! And ganbatte ashita no flight! :D

-Rie
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-04-17 05:15 am (UTC)
Arigato gozaimasu!
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[User Picture]From: snogmonkey
2004-04-13 07:22 am (UTC)
WOW! And a huge Holy Cow to you!
Happy Birthday, and good luck!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-04-17 05:14 am (UTC)
Thanks, Yuko! And good luck to you on the move you're planning!
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From: malo23
2004-04-13 08:20 am (UTC)
Glad to hear from you again Susan! Congrats and Happy Birthday. You are a very special person, obviously, and the airline are lucky to have you aboard. :)

Ganbatte ne.
~m
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-04-17 05:14 am (UTC)
You're so nice! Thanks a million.
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[User Picture]From: anosako
2004-04-13 08:36 am (UTC)
Ganbatte yo!
<3 me, Vanessa

--ps, killed madphotographer so don't forget to add this new one! *chu*
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[User Picture]From: anosako
2004-04-13 08:37 am (UTC)
erm, "ne" that's what I meant, right? Right! ahha, gomen!!!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-04-17 05:13 am (UTC)
Done. =) And I knew what you meant! Thanks, Vanessa!
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From: a_o_i
2004-04-13 08:40 am (UTC)
Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-04-17 06:15 am (UTC)
Thanks, toast person!
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[User Picture]From: crims0n
2004-04-13 08:46 am (UTC)
you'll do great, congrats on the new life!

Happy 26!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-04-17 05:11 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you, Gen! =) =) =)
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2004-04-13 09:17 am (UTC)
Sweetened condensed Susan brand Life Soup!

You are my hero.
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From: april_bug
2004-04-13 03:02 pm (UTC)
congratulations!!!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-04-17 05:11 am (UTC)
Thanks! And Happy Birthday to you, Aries girl.
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[User Picture]From: milkymiyuki
2004-04-13 07:22 pm (UTC)
wooooooooooow!
you are very inspiring!
and happy birthday!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-04-17 05:10 am (UTC)
Arigato!
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From: synthesoid
2004-04-14 06:43 pm (UTC)
drink some bhang for me, next time your in india.
midnight stars, i want to know.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-04-17 05:10 am (UTC)
I was meant to be in India two nights ago, but things happened and I ended up with a day off instead. But I'll be in Pakistan tonight. =D
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-04-15 05:27 am (UTC)

GOOD LUCK!

Congratulation! & Happy birthday Susan!
from kazu
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-04-17 05:09 am (UTC)

Re: GOOD LUCK!

Thanks, Kazu! Say HI to your girlie for me! I miss you SO much!
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From: yukoeh
2004-04-17 05:42 am (UTC)
I'd love to hear how the first flight was!!! :D
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-04-17 06:15 am (UTC)
Hahaha! I'm coming to that - give me ten minutes!
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