The Venerable Nelson Mandela ~ R.I.P.
accorded a great deal of respect, esp. because of age, wisdom, or character.“a venerable statesman”This word partially sums up the great Nelson Mandela. He was many things to so many people but he was always a man of dignity and courage. Most of us know his story about being the first black South-African president but he was 71 years old at the time. Why did it take so long? Because the all white ruling government threw him in jail for 27 years prior! Can anyone reading this truly imagine being imprisoned for 27 years because of their skin color and ideology?! I don’t want to get into the political struggles and Apartheid of South-Africa, if you’re interested in history and oppression of a people, research it. I’m always amazed at the cruelty of humans to one another. Mr. Mandela has left an indelible mark upon society and the world. We should all strive to be the absolute best person we can be and to respect everyone we meet.
Artists United for Social Justice (AUSJ)
My friend, actor/ director and all around great guy Michael Cory Davis, founded this wonderful non-profit. Michael has been an active crusader for many years now, long before media outlets and other organizations began highlighting the issue.
AUSJ is dedicated to eradicating human slavery, also known as human (sex) trafficking. Most people have no idea this issue is happening all over the world; especially in our local neighborhoods and cities. Michael and AUSJ work with local, state and federal agencies as well as other organizations aimed at stopping human trafficking. He’s active in legislative reform and protection for those victimized and host seminars to high school youth worldwide; making them aware of what human trafficking is. Words cannot begin to express all the amazing things Michael and his organization are accomplishing …but he still needs our help.
Please visit his website at http://www.ausj.org or his personal website at http://www.michaelcorydavis.com for more information on this amazing and worthwhile grass-roots non-profit.
Rumor has it…..
That a well established charter company in Van Nuys will soon be changing its name to Earth Air. This company has seen many changes in recent months.
A day at the races ~ Hollywood Park closing
Hollywood Park has seen its share of celebrities over the years. My experience was tinged with sadness wondering what would happen to those who had worked there for so long. The bartender was an elderly woman with white hair and lots of costume jewelry. She was slow to move but had a quick wit. I wished I had gotten a picture of her to share with everyone.
Howard let me take his picture. Talk about a character, he had so much personality and loves the racing arena. He has worked at Hollywood Park for 15 years, while also working at Santa Anita Park for over 18 years! This man loves the race track. He took us down to the track and showed us that the track is actually made of synthetic material, not dirt. Rubber bits and other weird fibers all meshed together to give the horses a cushy feel when running.
Howard taught us betting terminology, how to place a bet; either win, place or show and how to read the betting book.
I was excited as I placed my $2 bet on a horse named Rookie Sensation to show, my payout for placing; $2. Then I bet on A Day At The Spa horse and she lost miserably, coming in last. Oh well, so much for winning $2.
Overall it was a great way to spend the afternoon at an iconic and soon to be forgotten place. Ah, the perils of living in LA when you’re only as good as your last race, movie, performance or show.
This section is dedicated to some amazing women in aviation, many of whom are corporate flight attendants. Each month we will feature another fabulous flight attendant.
This month we are featuring: Jenne Kang
Jenne has been a contract corporate flight attendant for the past couple of years. She lives in LA, is single and speaks several languages including Korean, English & Spanish.
Jenne grew up in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Dentistry.
She lived in Seoul, South Korea for 5 years where she was a travel correspondent for CNN. She traveled Asia showcasing exotic foods and beautiful beaches. She relocated to Los Angeles 9 years ago to pursue her journalistic and acting pursuits. She’s been featured in many TV shows.
Paper or Plastic…..no real dishes? What?!
Flying on a private jet should mean being pampered to the best abilities that money can buy, right? Not always so. On a recent trip I had the opportunity to fly with operator “X”. The aircraft was a 2012 but the couch and side wall inside the cabin were already stained. As the flight attendant, I had requested pillows, blankets and comforters to make comfy beds for my clients and I was told the following by an “X” employee:
“X” provides (4) airline sized pillows and (4) blankets …even though there are 8 seats in aircraft.
If a client wants more pillows, blankets, comforters etc.. operator “X” charges the following:
Cabin Amenities – Bedding Sets
A complete bedding set can be ordered for $250 per set
Complete bedding sets include one (1) of the following*:
· Inflatable mattress or mattress pas
· Twin flat sheet
· Twin fitted sheet
· Twin comforter
· Standard sized pillow
· Standard sized pillow case
*Any items ordered individually will be charged back to the client at quoted amount. If more than one full set is requested, then each set is $250.
Let me prefix my next paragraph by saying that not all private jets are equipped with real dishes, especially the ones that do not typically have a flight attendant onboard. This was the case with the Challenger aircraft I was flying on. What I can’t understand and the point of the story is the complete lack of customer service by the operator. At least pretend to give a crap about my clients’ requests.
I was told there was no real dishes on-board, only plastic. If I wanted dishes, I had to bring them myself or order them for the caterer, which made absolutely no sense! Can you believe it?! Clients pay thousands of dollars to travel on a private jet and they don’t even give you real dishes if you’re requesting it????
Here is the reply I received regarding cabin stock and dishware.
Here is a list of standard on-board service ware on our fleet, and attached above is our standard stock list.
· 8 crystal tumblers
· 8 crystal wine glasses
· 1 wine opener
· Clear plastic plates, the amount varies by aircraft
· Set-ups (includes plastic spoon, fork, knife, and paper napkin) amount varies by aircraft
· Standard silverware (forks, spoons, knives, steak knives) each to serve 8 PAX
*** NOTE: We do not stock champagne flutes, we must order these directly with the caterer whenever we are asked to order champagne
I must admit I was really taken aback by operator “X”s lack of customer service or care regarding my clients. It almost felt like I was traveling on a cattle call carrier much like commercial travel is now, with “add-ons” costing extra money.
In all my years of being a flight attendant I’ve never had an experience like this. Most operators will go out of their way to provide clients whatever they need. Even if it’s not an item an operator usually stocks, they will generally purchase requested items to ensure the clients satisfaction.
The nice thing I can say about my experience was that the pilots were really friendly and helpful.