So this is the New Year

Earlier today, I was channeling my angsty 16-year-old self, singing “The New Year” by Death Cab for Cutie. This year especially, the song’s opening line really resonated with me:

“So this is the New Year, and I don’t feel any different.”

Last year was tough — there’s no doubt about it. And at 11:59 p.m. on December 31st, I found myself hoping and praying that the “clanking of crystal” and the “explosions off in the distance” would bring an end to the stress, worry and hopelessness that plagued us all for most of 2020.

Unfortunately, that just wasn’t the case.

Last Thursday marked one year since the first COVID-19 case was announced in the U.S. Today, more than 400,000 Americans have died from the virus. Yes, vaccines have been approved and are rolling out across the country, but we’re not out of the woods yet.

Please, for your own safety and that of others, mask up and practice social distancing. We’ll get through this, but everyone has to do their part.

With that, enjoy this 2003 music video, and be sure to cover your ears at 2:25 — no one wants to imagine a world without airplanes!

Goodbye sky (at least for awhile)

From the window of our ninth floor apartment, I can’t help but stare at the eerily empty streets below. I can see into a number of nearby apartments where others are doing the same thing.

Everywhere you look, you see it. And in everything you touch, you feel it.

This novel coronavirus has brought us together in a very strange way — by forcing us into isolation. No one is immune to this beast, so we must defeat it together… by remaining apart.

People are frightened and panicking.

People are sick and dying.

And even though it’s unclear when or how this all will end, the solution — at least for now — is clear as day: listen to the experts and STAY HOME.

These are especially trying times for those of us working in the aviation industry, but we have to remember that regardless of how tough we think we have it, nothing can compare to the struggles of those who have been infected, those whose loved ones have been infected, or the medical professionals working around the clock to treat patients and curtail the spread of this awful disease.

Personally, things haven’t been too bad for me. I’m healthy. My family and friends are healthy. I spent a week with my dad in Florida earlier this month, and this past weekend my mom visited us here in St. Louis. Having seen both of them recently brings me a great deal of comfort.

Both my husband and I have been working remotely for the past week, and let me tell you… our two fuzzy friends couldn’t be happier to have us around all day.

I will say that I really, really miss flying. I’m especially sad knowing I have to cancel my trip to Chicago this weekend. I’m also sad that my best friend likely won’t be able to come visit next month. Come to think of it, all of my upcoming travel plans will likely be impacted by this… but I can’t dwell on that. I am very fortunate to be safe and healthy, and I wish the same good fortune to all of you.

To blue skies, tailwinds and clean hands…