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  • As a flight attendant you have the advantage to fly for free on standby. Who could complain? Free flights. Well, I've been doing the whole standby thing for 2yrs now. This day I really wanted to get to LA. I was pooped. I missed 1 flight already. I was about to miss this flight and was doomed to wait for 3more hours. There was a couple sitting next to me and starting asking questions. "Where you going?" I was not looking forward to this conversation. It was 930 and I had to get up at 330 to work a flight. Well I did the casual, respectful thing and made some small talk. While this was going on I heard the gate agent announce, "this flight has been checked in full, all standbys will be moved to the next available flight" In the back of my mind i feel this hatred form for all customers who show up at the very last sec of boarding. I cont. to talk with this couple. We formally introduce ourselves. Tom and Viki. Well the conversation gets better and better. I find out Viki is this amazing artist. We end up talking about art, life and experiences. We even ended up exchanging contact info and might even do a show together.

    here is her website:

    Sometimes your emotions or job or something else ends up clouding your better judgement. It's nice when someone surprises you.

    It's those gems I live for on my flights. It's the gem that make your day. Tom and Viki made mine the other day.
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