Germanwings Plane Crash: We Could Be Doing Much More To Prevent Pilot Suicide


Something needs to be done!

TIME

We pilots are passionate about our most important duty: to deliver our precious cargo safely home to their loved ones. That a pilot would instead use the airplane he is flying as a weapon of mass murder defies understanding. Sadly, though, this is not the first time it has happened.

After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, regulators in the United States quickly mandated more secure cockpits. At the time I was critical of the move for one reason only: I feared that it would allow pilots to more easily take over flights and use the airplane to kill all aboard, as famously happened with EgyptAir Flight 990 from New York to Cairo in 1999.

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In the last two decades, there have been a handful of airliner catastrophes that are known or suspected to be the result of pilot suicide. Just last year there was a close call. On Feb…

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Here and there and everywhere


Recent visit to Downtown Disney
Recent visit to Downtown Disney

Here and there and everywhere

I have been busy spending time with family and friends the last few months or so, and am having a great time doing so. However, I also have been putting my blogging duties on hold while venturing on a move from Port Charlotte, FL to Kissimmee, Central Florida; quite a task. Before you ask… Kissimmee is part of the Orlando Metro area and, we are in the same county where that famous Mouse lives!

My new mantra is: “Wherever I go, I must find something new to do” while there. Especially, in my favorite destinations in Orlando and Atlanta, with Miami running close behind…

Speaking of which, my original intent as I get back into blogging, was to focus on highlighting places that are not as popular to visitors as the theme parks Orlando is known for, but after living here for the past eight months; I’ve decided I can highlight both the theme parks and the lesser known venues. As I go about discovering my new city I will post my findings, so when you visit you can do as the locals do.

All of these cities have some major entertainment options available and many popular and recognizable “places to go and fun things to do” but my mission is to find some of the not so familiar places to enjoy.

I should point out here that visiting shopping malls is almost always part of the equation. In Orlando alone, I can pass through so many malls while driving around town, that I sometimes lose count. But, I have my favorites: Florida Mall and the Mall at Millennia. And, for the serious shopper, the Premium Outlets on I-Drive are a must; people from all over the world shop there and they bring empty suitcases, talk about  serious shopping.

Same goes for Atlanta, having lived there for about two years I had more time to find shopping outlets so the list there is a bit longer; I always go back to the familiar and favorites Cumberland , Town Center, and Perimeter malls and of course outlet malls abound.

By the way, if you love to eat out the choices are many, all cuisines are well represented; one of the things I love about my new hometown is that I can satisfy my cravings for Latin foods almost anywhere I turn in Orlando and as a good Latina, my preference is for the foods that remind me of home like a good plate of rice and beans with steak, plantains and  a salad. Yummy! There are a few restaurants I like, but I will eat from a food truck too. Good food is good food!

Bad Customer Service: I won’t be Lied to again.


I do not advocate the Madea’s style of dealing with bad customer service, but I so agree that bad customer experiences are rampant these days. Reblogged on http://chicawrites.com

Chasing Destino

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Today, I had a fairly bad customer service experience. I dropped off a prescription at the pharmacy. About an hour later, I received a message that they did not have the medication that was prescribed. In the message, the clerk said that they would be happy to find a pharmacy that carried what I needed. So far, so good, right?
I called the pharmacy to discuss the next step. A different clerk answered the phone. She said that they did not have the medicine. And then silence. . . There was no offer to help me any further. No suggestions for which pharmacy to call. I asked her “Would you be able to help me find it somewhere else?” She said that she could not help me. It’s fine that she was busy or whatever the reason for not helping me. However, she said “I wouldn’t even know what pharmacy…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You


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Not exactly my favorite color, I am a reds and oranges kind of girl. But this green “hue of me” has been following everywhere I go; especially after the abundant share of torrential rainshowers and thunderstorms we’ve experienced this Summer.  Not complaining, I much prefer rain to the usual hurricane warnings but all this lushness have my eyes and nose watering and sneezing like crazy! Can I say seasonal allergies?
Still…I love to see all this greenery around me. This is outside our church as we made our way to the car; you do have to give thanks for the big and little things in life!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You


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Not exactly my favorite color, I am a reds and oranges kind of girl. But this green “hue of me” has been following everywhere I go; especially after the abundant share of torrential rainshowers and thunderstorms we’ve experienced this Summer.  Not complaining, I much prefer rain to the usual hurricane warnings but all this lushness have my eyes and nose watering and sneezing like crazy! Can I say seasonal allergies?
Still…I love to see all this greenery around me. This is outside our church as we made our way to the car; you do have to give thanks for the big and little things in life!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good morning!


This week’s photo challenge moved me to finally post something after a long hiatus. Lots of life events going on; hopefully now we are on the right track. Good morning indeed!

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Tweet from richardbranson (@richardbranson)


I just read this on Twitter, so consider it a re-tweet? I just had to share. As a former manager in the retail banking business, I love the approach. Killing  them with kindness always works wonders!

richardbranson (@richardbranson) tweeted at 10:38 AM on Fri, Jun 28, 2013:
How to write a complaint letter – read this hilarious note from a frustrated airline passenger http://t.co/BCvUPzTswV
(https://twitter.com/richardbranson/status/350624264556249090)

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