15 March 2012

Thursday Tea: Cruising Attitude by Heather Poole

The Book: Have you ever been jealous of the exciting life you imagine flight attendants live? I mean, they work just a few hours a day and get to travel all over the world for free. Heather Poole throws cold water on all your perceptions. Even those so-called free tickets are paid for by keeping irregular hours, dealing with cranky passengers, and spending many nights away from home.

In her memoir, Cruising Attitude, Poole reveals how hard it is to become a flight attendant and just how completely unglamorous her life really is. From the grueling training program to the scramble for seniority and decent flights, Poole gives us the inside scoop.

Cruising Attitude is a well-written, informative, and sometimes funny look at the behind-the-scenes business of making sure your flight is pleasant.

The Tea: Thanks to the snow on Sunday and then the near 70F temperatures on Wednesday, I can't tell if I should be drinking hot tea or iced tea. Thus this week I turned to Adagio's Thai Chai tea, a blend that tastes good both hot and cold. Here's the company's description: "Creamy sweet coconut and playfully floral lemongrass highlight this succulent black tea chai blend." It's a great choice for chai fans.

The Assessment: Would Heather Poole drink Thai chai? Maybe during a trip to Thailand! When she was just starting out in her career, there'd be no way she could have afforded any kind of fancy tea at home. When on the job, she would have been drinking whatever she could get at the airport or in a restaurant. Now that she's married and has a permanent house, she could very well keep chai on hand.

What About You? As you transition into the next season (summer or winter), are you drinking tea? If not, what's in your mug or glass? And don't forget to tell me what you're reading this week.

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Thursday Tea was the brainchild of Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.
Published by HarperCollins / William Morrow 2012
ISBN-13: 9780061986468
Source: Review (see review policy)
Rating: B+
Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy)
FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.


Julie P. 3/15/12, 8:12 AM  

I switched to iced tea this week too -- I had a mint/black tea.

Helen's Book Blog 3/15/12, 8:33 AM  

I am also part of this tour, but haven't begun the book yet though it is coming up next for me. I love to travel, but at this point loathe the process so am looking forward to this book

Beth F 3/15/12, 8:38 AM  

Helen: I didn't realize Poole's memoir was part of a tour! Glad to know that it's getting some attention.

Daryl Edelstein 3/15/12, 9:02 AM  

When I was much younger I wanted to be a Stewardess .. I even applied to and was interviewed by PanAm ... nope, didnt make the cut ... and amazingly I have no regrets .. putting this one on the list .. thanks!

Martha @ Hey, I want to read that 3/15/12, 11:57 AM  

I've really been looking forward to this. I have a friend who was a flight attendant and her stories were always enlightening and entertaining.

I'm not a big tea drinker and while I'm more of a fall/winter girl, I'm looking forward to tall glasses of fresh, cold lemonade this summer.

Becky LeJeune 3/15/12, 1:10 PM  

I've got Poole's book in my TBR right now.

On the tea front, have delved into some iced pitchers with the warming weather for sure! Just finished off some Plaintain Coconut Green Rooibos (Republic of Tea) that I did over ice.

Nise' 3/15/12, 1:20 PM  

I drank ice tea today! I have two good friends that were/are flight attendants and know it is not an easy job.

bermudaonion 3/15/12, 2:02 PM  

I hope to read this soon - it sounds like my kind of book.

Jenners 3/15/12, 7:41 PM  

I just did my review of this book today too! I agree -- this book will cure just about anyone of wanting to be a flight attendant!

Leslie 3/18/12, 8:26 PM  

I saw this book was going to be on tour and was wondering if it was good. Guess I'll have to add it to the to-read list.

I switched to ice tea... for now. It's been 80F here the past three days. I keep thinking I'm dreaming this and any minute now I'll wake up in a snow storm.

Dorte H 3/19/12, 4:21 PM  

Haha, you bet I´ve dreamt about being a flight attendant. But in my defence, I was quite young at the time.

I suppose I could have had tea this week as I have been through a really nasty flu ;) Well, I chose cold water and apple juice instead.

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