I'm back on AM home reserve today after spending the three previous days in recurrent ground school. As you may or may not know, the FAA mandates that part 121 pilots receive a certain length of recurrent ground training every year, with mandatory subjects including aircraft systems, weather, CRM, Hazmat, upset recoveries, runway incursions, etc. Some of it is very good review, but a lot of it is just BS to make sure the appropriate box can be checked, and that can get dreadfully boring. I had a very sleepless Sunday night, so staying awake through Monday's presentations was particularly painful.
It would've been nice to have the ground school take place before I went in the sim. The refreshed systems knowledge would have come in handy given the scenarios they threw at us this year. Actually, most people do the sim after recurrent ground, but I guess the scheduling didn't quite work out for me. Kinda like they sent me to CRM Phase II only two weeks before I had recurrent CRM. Oh well - I'm a well-oiled, assertive-FO, clear-communicatin' CRM machine now!!!