At this moment (1 am) I would have been on a plane in the sky en route to Seattle if it weren't for the fact that I woke up yesterday morning to dense snowfall and one-half mile visibility, meaning that the morning flight never left Anchorage and my relief didn't make it into town. Three … Continue reading Snow Day
People always ask me "so what got you interested in doing this?" and I usually try starting out with "well I always loved tugboats and I really wanted to work on them". They stand there expectantly, nodding their heads, as a shadow of confusion flickers across their face; I can see them thinking this answer … Continue reading Why Tugboats?
*The below statements are my personal opinion and are not made on behalf of my employer, Crowley, or our contracting party, Alyeska Pipeline Company. There was an article in the Alaska Dispatch News today about the fact that Crowley has stopped bidding to renew their tanker escort and response contract with Alyeska, and Edison Chouest … Continue reading Chouest
Yesterday was the day I drank 2 cups of coffee on my afternoon watch and decorated a cake for our second mate who got his line boat level 2 qualifications a couple weeks ago (meaning he can now run ship lines unsupervised). Once the cook had put it together and smeared it with cotton-candy-pink frosting, … Continue reading Cake.
Air intake ports on an EMD cylinder, view from inside the airbox. Lately I've been trying to learn new things, which has led me down into the part of the boat where I never venture much anymore since the days of doing underway engine room rounds are several years behind me. It's really helping to … Continue reading The Basement
Lately I'm troubled by the way we glorify "the first woman to become/do/reach [insert title/profession/achievement here]" as if it were the exception, some sort of unlikely phenomenon. Will the women who come after be valued less, have they achieved less than the one who got there first? I know that in some cases others will … Continue reading The One