A “wind event” was forecast. Wind beyond 30 knots grounds the SEATs. Wind that’s really high runs a risk of damage. Wind that is strong makes fires race.
For those reasons, and possibly others…the “powers-that-be” declared that our pair of SEATs be moved 150 nm northwest. Off we went, with predictions of return that evening, or at the latest the next morning…..
In the SEAT world, a place to sleep is of high priority. We know the hotel chains. Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express…and others that we would happily avoid. Due to the way we are paid, it costs us if the hotel is expensive, so negotiating skill is necessary. In smaller Western towns, fire season gives a boost to the local economy…especially restaurants and hotels. When rooms start to fill, hotels aren’t as anxious to negotiate rates….even for aerial fire-fighters.
Upon arrival in our new “home”, we were assured that imminent return to our base was in the works. Prior experience has taught me that securing lodging is the first order of business, and it was quickly done. As the magic 6 pm hour approached, and it became clear a return flight was not in the offing, rooms at our prior location were cancelled. Flexibility.
The following morning the drill was repeated. We checked out of our new hotels, and made reservations at our anticipated destination. Late in the afternoon, the process was repeated. Flexibility….
By the next day, we had it figured out. Rooms were procured, because now we *knew* we would be here for a while….
Deep in a conversation at 5:15…I was told that we were to “return to prior base”. Rapid phone calls were made, cancelling at our current location, scrambling for rooms at our prior home. Done.
New motto: “Flexibility is not enough. You have to be Fluid. Flexible is way too rigid”.