I’ve picked up a job down at SeaTac International Airport, working on the ramp (yes, that’s down on the tarmac by the planes). It is so much fun and a really great workout too. The real estate thing wasn’t working out so well in this market, so I decided that a change was in order.
So far, I love it. My crew is all Somalian guys, so I’m learning a new language while I’m at it. I’ve never worked a job in which I didn’t speak the language, so it’s been a little challenging in some ways. I adore marshalling the aircraft (waving my orange sticks around). The sunsets are fantastic from the airfield and the rain doesn’t bother me at all (check back with me when we have to de-ice the planes ~ that sounds a little cold). I’ve actually missed getting soaking wet in Search and Rescue ~ this is a nice, paying alternative. Working outside is so much better than being stuck in an office.
Of course, being on a schedule is new for me; I haven’t had that in over 10 years. So far, it’s not bugging me too much.