|Christ Mathews in Uniform|
About a year later I was accepted to United Airlines Stewardess School. After graduating I was domiciled in New York city where I shared a one bedroom apartment with 3 other stewardesses. The thing that impressed me the most about the Big Apple was the cab drivers. New stews spend a lot of time on call. We would get a call at 2 or 3 am for a flight leaving in an hour or less at Kennedy Int’l, call for a cab, throw on undies, slip and coat, grab a suitcase that was kept packed and continue dressing in the cab, with a driver that never looked back and got us there on time.
My best flight was a junket charter to pick up gamblers in FL and take them to Las Vegas. They were the greatest gentlemen and took the stews to dinner and gambling that evening. I helped my escort pick a gift for his wife and he taught me Roulette. It was a dream come true when I had 15 to 20 large stacks of chips, more than I could count, but lost all except $55 by the end of the evening. A few months later, with a schedule that I laid over every Saturday night in Reno, I lost my whole months wages and never gambled again for 43 years.
My worst flight was a charter taking the Minnesota Twins baseball team from Minneapolis to Florida. They were the most obnoxious octopi, each with 8 grabbing hands, to the extent that we could not get down the aisle to serve. I had only been flying for 6 weeks but was head stew. I asked the owners and coaches for help and got laughed at. I went back to the galley and found a junior stew pinned against the wall by a 6 foot plus player whom I punched and told to get out. I called the captain and all the stews spent the rest of the flight in the cockpit. I haven’t watched a baseball game since.
|Christi Mathews Today in Her Gallery|
Christi Mathews and her husband Angus own and operate Mathews Gallery & Studios, in Aransas Pass.