Thursday, November 13, 2008

absence explained, earthquake and loud jet sounds

Okay I have been away for a couple of days. This is a weird week. Hubby had Monday and Tuesday off and Pravan has a half day all week due to parent teacher conference week. Pravan has also not been feeling well. He has been coughing a lot but just at night. My snoring has been out of control and poor hubby has been getting no sleep between the two of us. As you know I hate getting to bed but I cannot get up in the morning. That is a battle that no one will win. There is no moment that I look forward to in my day than when everyone is in bed, I turn on my late night shows and often chill with a cocktail all by myself and my thoughts that have been begging for attention all day competing with the kids, lunch schedule, phones ringing, washer running and microwaves beeping , the dryer buzzing. When everything else is asleep I like to be awake and enjoy the quiet. Just me and my shows that make me laugh, cry, and smile. There is no better feeling to me after a long day with so many things competing for me. Hubby and I went on a nice date on Tuesday night. We went to a china Bistro and had a good time with no kids. yeahhhh !!!! We need to do that more often. Yesterday was busy I babysat a cute little girl in my neighborhood for four hours. I played with the girls and we did a turkey craft. I then had a friend drop by with her kids for a play date in the afternoon and after she left I had another friend stop by for dinner and to scrapbook. We had ham, green bean casserole and mash potatoes with gravy. We also had ice cream cake, chocolates and lots of it and a cocktail to top it all off. It was around 11pm when my friend left so I stayed up and played on the pc. I was rudely shaken, literally shake by a 2.7 earthquake. It was not a very big one but it was unexpected. It has been months since we felt one. I checked on the kids and hubby checked on me and everything was fine. This morning I noticed that a frame fell off the wall but the glass was fine. So things are slowly getting back to normal. I took a nice shower and then Priyasha comes screaming. " Mommy I scared, there is a storm outside ! " Okay so something was loud and if i had to guess it was a plane. I did not think anything of it but it got louder and louder and then I grabbed Priyasha as she was freaking out. I was too. I ran outside and just noticed a jet like plane flying on its side just above the houses. he was circling as though he was in the air races. Reno is known for the air races but that was over a while ago. I was livid as there were many reasons to be afraid. Some one has to answer and be held accountable. Gone are the days when we joked about possibly dying because a plane will crash into our house. Well it is happening and is no longer an unusual thing. EEERRRHGGGGGGGG!!!!! Does that sound right. Well I am pissed !!!!!! I called the Reno aviation and I was told it is being investigated and that others have called as well. Okay phone is ringing. Just got off phone and was informed it is a F8 fighter jet. I now have another number to call and get an explanation I will keep you posted.

plane update

okay so I was told it was a F8 out of the Fallon base. I called them and they have not heard of this complaint although Reno Aviation has had several complaints. I was told by this office it was more than likely a F18. I called the other number and finally talked with Susan Natt and lots of other stuff she said after her name. She is aware and has to document this and has several other complaints. She then tells me it is a F5 that is undergoing training.So what kind of a jet was it really ? Not that I know anything about these jets and the purpose it serves. Well I want to know and this will become a lesson to me and the kids this week.All thhis is so vague and I will not let it go until I have an explanation as to who was flying it and what are the consequences to his careless behaviour. That is recklessness and endangerment in my opinion and it needs to be dealt with in an appropriate manner. Well let's see how good they are about returning my call with an explanation.

Jet Fighter 5

So who knows the difference between jet fighter 8, 18 or 5. I certainly do not. I have since talked to several people with the navy air base and feel like I have gotten no where. I finally called the Mayors office and talked to his secretary. I was then put in touch with the FAA. The lady at the FAA was a very sweet lady that understood my concern. She was in the Navy and was able to explain a lot. She took me seriously and said that she was going to talk to her supervisor and get back to me. I have not heard back from her but I have since received a phone call from Commander Luther Hook who was able to tell me that the pilot and squadron was identified. They are unable to share with me what will happen to him as it is classified information but he will more than likely loose some air training and fall several weeks behind and not be able to move onto the ship training on schedule. Well hopefully it will be a lesson learned for him. Everyone deserves a second chance.
I asked very strong questions and had the commander say that I am making him walk a fine line. He never really disclosed to me that it was inappropriate but I came out and said it for him. He was in fact thinking it. The pilot started off on legal grounds within his rights and it got out of hand. He swears it was not reckless endangerment and that in fact there is a difference between that and inappropriate flying. WHATEVER ..... I do not mean to be disrespectful but I am glad he is being dealt with.
I asked for a letter of apology which I will not get but they have offered to have the kids visit the Naval Air base for a big show that they will have on Sept 11 of next year.They have had one in 2001 and have not had one since due to 9/11. It was BLUE ANGELS, THUNDERBIRDS SET 2001 AIR SHOW .Now they have another one scheduled for next year.The kids will have an opportunity to see the fighters up close and personal. Somehow I am still upset with what happened. If we are in Reno next year that will be a great opportunity for the kids.
Okay back to being mom now.