I thought that I would tell you about the daily routine on here. Firstly, we are in the Gulf of Mexico (dAAve's old stomping grounds) sampling down the coast of Florida and heading for the Keys and the Tortugas eventually. My work day starts at 12 noon, but I'm generally up by 10:30 to take a shower and get ready for the day. When I come on watch, there might be a steam to the next station or sometimes, I'm right in the middle of getting one. We sample the water column and also take sediment for analysis. After doing all of that and processing the samples, we get to fish. The fish are being worked up for contaminants so it is part of the work being done. However, it is a lot of fun. I've caught several red grouper and had fish on both hooks. Fishing is really only good during the day as the sharks move in at night.
Anyway, lunch is from 11:30-12:30 and dinner from 4:30-5:30 PM. My work day ends at midnight and I'm generally ready to hit the rack after the shift. I get up around 7:30 to get some breakfast and then go back to bed to get another short nap before my next shift. It's all very regimented and works smoothly.
I've talked to a lot of the crew and most everyone has some kind of bitching and moaning about the ship, the officers or other people on board. I guess that it's part of being confined for any length of time with the same people. I'm not a negative person so I always see things on the positive side (at least most of the time). There are a lot of cynics among the crew, yet I find their thoughts to be intriguing. It's an interesting and eccentric group. I'm sure that dAAve has lots of stories from his days on the oil supply boats.
I hope that everyone is doing well and enjoying the weekend. I'm enjoying mine. Thinking of you all.