picture it: 10pm last night. Steve is sitting on the rocking chair playing some NBA PlayStation game. I was sitting on the other rocking chair across the room. Steve got home about 1 1/2 hours earlier from a 2-day trip. I was making small talk, and it went something like this:
Joanna: So, how was your flight
Steve: fine (this is usually the response I get from him)
J: Was it bumpy? (a friend on facebook made the comment yesterday that her flight was bumpy and I know there is a front coming through)
S: Yeah, it was bumpy as shit
then it really wasn't "fine" was it?
J: were you afraid?
S: no, just annoyed
J: annoyed? did you have trouble reading the instruments?
J: then why were you annoyed?
S: imagine sitting and doing this the entire flight (and he started bouncing up and down in his chair, as if he were back on the flight in the middle of turbulence)
J: insert laughter here
J: on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being your must most turbulent flight, what was it?
S: I don't know, a 5
J: were you scared
S: if you were paying attention I already told you that I wasn't afraid
S: and what is it with all these questions sounding totally annoyed
J: fine, then I will never ask you anything about work again
and then I stormed off in total junior high school fashion and went upstairs to watch Anthony Bourdain No Reservations, my favorite!
Why do I bring this up? Steve RARELY talks about work. I think that is abnormal. From what I gather from other pilot wives, women are in-the-know about industry things and I have the sense that the pilot is the one that talks about things. I find out a lot of stuff on my own.
He told me later that he likes when I ask about work, but I really don't think he does. Or is it that I should know better than to talk to him when he is playing PS3? I think that when he leaves the airport he totally leaves work behind and just doesn't want to talk about it. So, onward I go, reading pilot blogs, finding out what Steve does on the job through other pilots.