Thursday, May 10, 2007

What I do

I really appreciate everyone writing comments and asking about my voyage. I can tell you that I study critters in the ocean. I gave everyone a clue with the Doc Rickett's post. I also have a Merchant Mariners Document as an Ordinary Seaman. One of my adventures some day will be to sail on a schooner as an OS, accumulate enough sea time so that I can apply for an upgrade to Mate and eventually Captain. My family has had a long tradition of seafarers so maybe I'll carry on a bit of that tradition some time in the future.

Anyway, I was interested to know that dAAve worked on an oil exploration ship. That's tough work. I have a great deal of respect for people who make their living on the water. I've talked with a lot of commercial fishermen and it's a tough life for them as well. But there are lots of payoffs too such as being your own boss and having that sense of awe to be on the water.

For all of you who would like to go, I would like to have you along. It would be great to have all the sober bloggers on this cruise because there aren't many in the ship's crew (only one who I know well) who have a clue about AA or Al-Anon. Plus, what a great time we could have with a meeting every day. Even though you may not bodily be there, you'll be with me in spirit which is important.

Anyway, my email is I can get email on board the ship so it would be great to hear from you. I have also set up my blog so that I email posts to it so I am going to do that as well. The bad part is that I won't be able to see what each of you wrote unless you want to email that to me. If you do, that's great and I can keep in touch. I'm not sure how with it I'll be after a 12 hour shift, but I'll do what I can.

I am very grateful to have people who are interested in me enough to write that they would miss me. I believe that there are many ways to love people and in my heart, I feel a love for each of you.

And Tab, I'll save up some good hAAlf nAAked photos to post when I get back. If there's enough bandwidth, I may be able to mail them on to be posted. If not, I'll be hAAlf nAAked on every Thursday. I'll look forward to seeing what Meg, Shannon, Irish, dAAve, Judith, JJ, MC, Christine, Scout, S Chick and all the rest of the bloggers post on rings and dings, posies and toesies when I get back.

In the meanwhile, I have until May 16 when I actually sail. So I'll be posting here up til then and hopefully thereafter.


  1. Looking forward to some posts from the sea.

  2. Ok ladies you heard it here: Rings, dings, posies & toesies for HNT...gotta give the sailor man what he wants.

    just wanted to say that :)

  4. I'm glad we'll still be hearing from you while you're out to sea. An adventure! I wish we could get photos while you're there, but I guess I can practice that patience thing and wait until you get back. You'll have an opportunity to practice your program while confined in closed quarters with non-program folk. You'll have all sorts of scientific studies going on.

    I caught on with the marine critters stuff, but I'm trying to get a lock on your age. I have no couth. :p

    Cheekily yours,

  5. "The true biologist deals with life, with teeming boisterous life, and learns something from it, learns that the first rule of life is living."
    Fabulous and it's all coming together now.
    Glad we still have close to a week with you on dry land and posting regularly.
    Love to you, Syd,

  6. Smashing. A life on the ocean wave eh. Cool. That'll be a LOAD of fun. All that close quarters stuff will be 'an opportunity to practice patience and tolerance' (!!) But the simplicity of the sea will be fabulous. And the weather will be glorious I think. I can't wait to see the photos when you get back. I'm sure you will find some nice people on board. I've never 'crewed' before, but for some reason I imagine it attracts the slightly ! adventurous alcoholic type. But who knows. Generally I try to gravitate as much as poss to the most ? well adjusted in any social group, and I try to spot the slightly crazy ones and give them a wide berth from the off. Much easier! I think its very exciting! 12 step blogging from obscure parts of the ocean! Cool. Do you get to dress up like johhny depp in 'pirates'? It won't exactly help the journey any, but it sure will keep everyone entertained!

  7. There is nothing more rewarding than loving the work you do. I am glad you will be posting while away.


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