9.12.10

ENG – Up in the air II - A Frequent Flyer's wife

While the frequent flyer is out in the world with his set of manners to get through airports, transports, meetings and back to home – sweet – home  in the most efficient way possible, also his wife includes into her behavior a series of habits that make her different than other women. The other women whenever they hear that he’s once again out usually comment “Honestly, I don’t know how do you cope with that” with a mix of admiration and compassion, so this is a piece of truth about how a frequent flyers wife cope with that.
As soon as the FF wife knows about the next impeding flight, she checks if there are any of his appointments (dentist, doctor, hairdresser) and any of their social appointments (dinners, drinks, others)  to be rescheduled. If so, she’ll call and it will not be very difficult to explain as anybody on the other side of the phone knows how much frequently your FF flies. If the FF wife doesn’t have a car, the next step is usually to open the fridge to calculate if she needs his help for a heavy grocery shopping before he leaves, but she also considers that when he’s not home the talented chef inside of her goes on strike and she doesn’t mind eating from cans and, if she feels like something warm, calling a pizza delivery. The conclusion is that she will need his strong arms to carry home for sure some laundry detergent and softener as there is the last suitcase to be laundered and all that stuff should better be dry before the next suitcase will come back.
The evening before the flight the FF wife prepares a nice dinner because however good he’ll eat in restaurants over business lunch, it will never be so healthy, tasty and cooked with love so this is going to be his last really proper meal until he’ll be back AND it will also be her last proper meal until he’ll be back, considering the above mentioned plan of eating -  whatever – standing - in – front –of – the - fridge.  The motivation to make a nice dinner is anyway broader: she wants to have a nice evening together as they won’t see each other for a while, doesn’t matter if that while is short or long, because the whiles you don’t see each other are so, let’s say, frequent, that you learnt to cherish the time you spend together even if it’s a Tuesday evening after a very busy day. Whenever is the time for FF to leave, but usually is awfully early in the morning, the FF wife gets up to brush teeth and kiss goodbye at the door, after having dropped the final check questions: Passport? Ticket? even if both know perfectly that he put them in the pocket of the suit already the night before, while packing. Then the FF leaves, the FF wife closes the door and she’s frequently by herself again. She knows exactly how long it takes to him to go the airport,so she goes back to bed or start her affaires waiting for the his call after the security controls, while he’s walking to the gate. Then she opens the flight status link saved on the bookmarks and she checks if the flight leaves on time, what time it should land, if there is a time zone she goes on the time zone link saved in the bookmarks to calculate from the local landing time her landing time: later  she’ll have another couple of glimpses to check if the plane is in time, just to avoid getting worried in case the “I landed Baby” txt doesn’t come at the time she calculated before. If the journey takes more than a flight and the first plane is late, she’ll txt him at which gate it’s the boarding of the second, so he’ll get it straight on the phone as soon as he’ll land. Since the FF is off the plane, the FF wife is under availability like a doctor. In fact, while the FF is out physically, 100% focused on taking care of the business for which he’s travelling, the FF wife is in charge of taking care of him from the distance: theoretically because she’s by herself she could organize her time as she likes, but the FF can require assistance by phone / mail  about a wide range of tasks, just to make an example:
-         -- Check on the website of the London underground which is the best way to reach Piccadilly because the Circle line suffers massive delay, the Jubilee is closed for works and the Victoria goes only in one direction.
-          - Browse restaurants on the tripadvisor to find a nice one in the area of his hotel, as it occurs he’s free for lunch or dinner and since two days he’ just surviving with airplanes food.
-         -  Remembering about how it was called that lovely nice bar you went together once totally by chance when you were in that city together, because it looks like he’s probably in the same area, and by the way was it close to a pharmacy or a grocery?  (mot likely, it was close to a bookstore and it wasn’t that city)
-          - Finding what’s the commercial name in the country he’s at moment for Imodium*, because he went to the pharmacy but they didn’t speak English and he didn’t know how to explain THAT problem.
*(according to Wikipedia, other names are: Lopex, Dimor, Fortasec and Pepto Diarrhea Control)
From these examples it might be observed that most of the back office support that the FF wife makes can be substitute nowadays by a smart phone connect with internet, but first, that will never take care of the FF the same way his wife will do, even by means of the same technology, and second, believe it or not, there are still things that Google can’t perform, like:
-         - Searching for a forgotten tiny piece of paper on which is written a very important information needed NOW into the drawers, inside the pockets of the suits or even on the floor under the bed.
-          -Counseling (for the umpteenth time) about how to cure a bad cold with sore throat due of air-conditioning and comfort him that he’ll survive it (once again).
-          -Recalling him what’s the name of the wife of the guy he’ll have a meeting with and – uhmm - was she pregnant last time we met her or she was just fat?
When the evening comes, it might be a bit lonely for the FF wife. If the FF is in the same timezone it’ll be easy to have a long talk after his dinner, but if he’s further or behind in the rotation of the Earth, that’s the moment to have a long skype talk with other friends, especially those who are also FF wives, so they won’t ask “don’t you feel a bit lonely dear?” questions. For mysterious reason, it can happen that two FF wives can be talking on skype while their FF (who don’t know each other) are sitting working on their blackberries in front of each other in the Frankfurt Airport business class lounge.  A FF wife knows that to have a good funny talk after the fridge - standing - dinner and before going to sleep is very good to mitigate the awful sensation of how much the bed seems too big and quite empty without her FF: it really doesn’t matter how frequently a FF wife sleeps alone, the feeling is the same one of any human beings that lays in bed without the partner. The day the FF comes back it’s time for restoring the status quo the FF left: 
cleaning a bit around the home –sweet home , 
spending some extra time in the bathroom to get back glossy and smooth, as she enjoyed a bit of laissez- faire on her body (you can't be on availability and spend time streightening your hair at the same time)
preparing again a nice dinner, the first proper one since he left for both of them, to have a nice evening and cherish that time together, as they don’t know how soon it will be the next flight.
“Honestly, I don’t know how do you cope with that”
Well, it isn’t easy when he’s out, but when he’s in, we have a lot of romantic moments together, that’s the answer  I rarely disclose.


- THIS POST WAS WRITTEN BETWEEN THE 7PM OF THE 8.12.2010 AND THE MORNING OF THE 9.12.2010. IN THE MEANTIME A FF BOARDED AT 12AM LOCAL TIME IN CANCUN TO HOUSTON, TOOK A SECOND FLIGHT FROM HOUSTON TO FRANKFURT WHERE HE LANDED THIS MORNING AT 9 AND HE GOT STUCK THERE AS HIS FLIGHT FROM FRANKFURT TO HOME WAS CANCELLED.  HE WAS QUEUEING AND HOPING TO GET A SEAT ON ONE OF THE NEXT 4 FLIGHTS  SCHEDULED BETWEEN 1PM AND 6PM...HIS WIFE, BEFORE GOING OUT TO THE SUPERMARKET TO REFILL THE FRIDGE, HAD AN INTUITION: SHE CHECKED THE GERMAN RAILWAYS WEBSITE AND TXTD HIM THE CONNECTIONS BY TRAIN TO HOME. WHILE SHE WAS OUT HE WENT TO THE STATION IN TIME TO CATCH THE TRAIN: IN MEANTIME ALL THE FLIGHTS GOT CANCELLED DUE OF SNOWING CONDITIONS.  HE'LL BE HOME AFTER 25H OF JOURNEY GMT TIME AND 37H OF TIME ZONE CROSSING, BUT WITHOUT HER HE WOULD HAVE EVEN MISS THAT TRAIN.

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