Power of Prayer to Father, what do you do first?
After my mother graduated, I was really down didn't talk much at all even to my closet friend Becky Boat. Well she worked at America West Airlines, when she started there she started in this cleaning department, but then got promoted and from what I remember she was even still in same area of hanger and work place just like across the hall. What her new job was, was finding quickly parts needed for aircraft, to do quick repairs. Becky very friendly, and still talked to the supervisor and well I don't remember title , but next in command of the cleaning. Becky pushed me just to get a job it was all part-time people mostly, felt it would help me and she would get me in.
So I did this and worked part-time graveyard shift, which is when heavy work was done by this department. It was more than cleaning, also included things like C check cleaning, gear washing for C checks, waxing the aircraft, both in hanger for C check and out on the gated areas parked overnight. Also, did complete scrub of interior, Oh and in C check, stripping them seat covers off to be dry cleaned and put back on. So just lots of things for this department. These things also required some to have knowledge and know how to operate scissor lifts and cherry pickers to work high on these things, not many in the department trained on them as you needed to get close to the planes without damage to them.
When first started they put me with their best interior person, foreign, Offie from Malaysia, she was a little hard to understand but not bad, and married to an American. Worked as most all the part-timers to get flight benefits, so see family. We became friends, I even went over to her place...she made me lunch. Then there was a gal, top for knowledge all equipment most foul mouthed person she was, which didn't bother the men. Hard looking very hard looking. Didn't get along with hardy a person. Nobody wanted to work with her but she was top notch worker the best not one thing she did not know about that department. So of course that is who they put me with. haha Well I had heard her mouth alright so knew that and from talk knew the rest. Test?? See what she says will she complain??
So we started hanger together working..waxing aircraft as I recall and C check, which our work always then inspected by the heads of technical, engineers whatever they were..not inspected by our department leaders. Well I prayed for her, asked Father as didn't want to listen to foul mouth all night. Well what happened is she started singing country songs I think they were...oh my gosh a voice like an angel...never heard such a voice. I just raved about her beautiful voice and told her she could sing to me all night I absolutely loved it. God? you bet. She sang and she taught me everything, we worked together, trained me on all she knew. So I started operating all the equipment even. Once trained on equipment, they had another person to drive scissor lift out on pad's to wax planes there, crew rode in this it was big.
They also had if you did gear washing you got to go home when done, so would do those to get to go home early. They also had if not much work...requested if anyone wanted to what they called WOP out, so with out pay. Well I certainly didn't need the money I always did that when offered.
We used the benefits for several different travel. Those are different stories though, on one, we went to Mexico during a presidential election. Lying news for that too... I climbed the pyramids all kinds of things there.