I fly with Lorraine's boyfriend tomorrow. I am really dreading it. We will have 2 days of flying. I am the only person with my name at our company (yet we have 2 Synovias) how can he not bring her up? I don't want to be distant from them, because I want to be myself. What the heck am I going to say? I am sure she has brought me up, considering she has NOTHING in the world to talk about but him, so she will have to talk to him about something else.
I have to make it VERY CLEAR that this woman is NOT my friend! (She has called again at least twice since I told her we have nothing to talk about) If he brings her up I must make it clear that I do not want anything to do with her, because even neutrality will appear as a positive signal to this woman. After comparing stories with Kareem he said he was "pretty sure that she is evil" I am feeling that way right now. I still have to be diplomatic though. I made the AWFUL mistake in recurrent training of naming names when asking how to deal with certain pilots. (I did it because I wanted someone else to say they have had the same experience, but no matter the motives, it was a shitty thing to do.)
The good news is I think I know the captain. He is a really nice (and a little wierd) guy who has a toy lemur that he brings on all of the flights. Its name is Miles (get it, miles?) My strategy is to introduce myself and right away start talking to the Capn. This way the F/O can think of something else but Lorraine, and hopefully she wont come up in conversation. Ahh! I will bring my art homework (which I really have to do anyway) and use that as a conversation topic and an excuse to not hang out. If he does bring her up I will have to make my point firmly, but try not to sound catty. If he presses the issue I will plead the "If you don't have anything nice to say..."
I must count my blessings. Only a month ago I might still have been walking on eggshells, trying to say it "just right." At this point I don't care. She does have a little dirt on me. I have said nasty things about the pilot she said didn't like me. I am sure she will go back to him and tell him everything I said. There are no depths that I think this women is incapable of. Maybe she will start a rumor that I was in love with her and wouldnt stop calling her house. Oh well, I suppose it could be worse. Maybe it will get me a date with one of the flight attendants ;)