Yes, that’s PRS, Post Redeye Syndrome, not to be confused with BBS.
It has been one heck of a month so far. The number of miles I’ve flown doesn’t really do me justice (however you want to define that), because it has been all domestic. And not the fun kind of domestic flying either, if there is such a thing. It has been mostly early morning flights combined with redeyes. I just added up my travel this month, and my actual time spent in the air was around 75 hours. That might not mean a lot to most, but the purser on a recent redeye put it into perspective for me. She was complaining about how they’re being worked to the bone and she had to work 100 hours that month. So I guess I’m 75% of an overworked flight attendant. And it is exhausting.
Now I realize I do this to myself. I don’t have to fly that much. But I like it. Well, at least in theory.
So what is this PRS I speak of? Well, let’s just say I’m not in a great mood on the day following redeyes. And it has probably been the all around busiest month I’ve ever had, so add exhaustion and a ton of stuff to do and I’m not someone you want to talk to on Sundays and Mondays.
Fortunately I got over my PRS yesterday. After three nights totaling about 12 hours of sleep, I hibernated for about 14 hours yesterday. So now I’m well rested and cheery. I wish I could enjoy this state of bliss (and incredibly sunny, mild weather) for a while, but sadly that’s not an option, as I’m off to New York tonight. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of New York (sorry Dan!), and the thought of the weather there makes me shiver, although it should still be a fun 24 hours there. I’ll be getting in really late tonight, and will be leaving again Saturday morning at 6AM. Nothing beats a pre-4AM ride on the subway, especially when the forecast says it’s going to be 17 degrees (but it’ll “feel like 5 degrees”).
I’ll make it back to Tampa on Saturday at around 11AM, just in time to catch a noon flight to Chicago and then onwards, where I’ll be joining Matthew and Rick for some flying, returning on the redeye from Seattle as usual.
There are a couple of things that have made this schedule tolerable. First of all, I haven’t been sick in a long time. I’ll be amazed if I make it through this weekend without getting sick. And of slightly lesser importance, all my travel has been hassle free. Every single one of my upgrades cleared at my upgrade window, service has been phenomenal, the cabins have been clean, and as usual I’ve memorized the words to the “Parks and Recreation” episode playing on Untied this month.
And I’m happy to report that February looks like it’ll be equally fun.