I had flown with Dave on a prior trip almost a year ago. He was now 59-½ years old, a fact that contradicted his younger appearance. Dave had begun employment with our company as a result of a buyout of another airline. Before the first industry downturn of 2003, he had enjoyed a pay raise. Unfortunately, circumstances now put his salary at almost the same pre-merger level. With kids in college, one in law school, Dave was doing his best. Despite the controversy of the merger, he expressed no regrets.