Date: November 28, 2007 10:38PM
During my first week of training on the job at Piedmont Airlines at TRI, we got to tour the operations area. One of the first sights I saw was of C.C. Goodson, standing, one leg up on the side of a baggage cart and a pipe of tobacco in his hand while he talked with another agent.
I would like to write a special story about each Friend/Co-worker, cause most all of them became Friends. I don't know if I will ever get to do that.
However, I feel this story needs to be told again. I wrote a simular story years ago and C.C. presented me with a copy of it at the last Piedmont get together in Johnson City and reminded me I got his name wrong. Believe me when I tell you I now have his last name right. I consider him a Grandfather type Friend and would never want to get his name wrong.
That week, C.C. took me on a comprehensive tour of operations and the jets on the ground. At the time we had a 737-200 there and I was introduced to bin door safety on the aircraft and how fast the door could come down by accident and pop you in the head!
Also, about the engnes, how you never get close to them till they spool down. The "air bottle" used for restarts, the way to "chock" an aircraft.
In talking to my then, girlfriend that week, she thought I said "chaulks". She was from "up north".
The training I received that week could very well have saved my life!
C.C. was not the only one training us, Richard DeArmond was the class instructor, and many many others were there doing the same.
I just remember C.C. vividly that week, doing what he did best, looking out for everyone.
He told stories alot as most of them did. And I was always on the edge of my seat in interest.
I would love to go back in time and do that all over again.
I love to hear stories. You can be sure that if I am in the room and there are some good stories to be told, I will gladly listen.
I love to talk, but I'd much rather listen to others.
C.C., I hope you are there at the next TRI Piedmont meeting I attend.
And I hope you have some more stories.
With great respect and a greatful heart,