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Another boat

It looks as if I've got a place on another boat, one I have been interested in.
OHP seems to be stagnant, and there's been a big shakeup, so I was looking around.
But as often happens, another door has opened- SPIRIT OF SOUTH CAROLINA seems to be
the next place. I'll be a mate and engineer. The boat is in Charleston, a city where I have
a lot of emotional connection- among other things, my parents met and got married there.
She was a radio reporter, he was a merchant sailor. There's a lot of story behind those facts.
We also went there regularly for holidays when I was growing up, and I have farm property
about 80 miles away and I'll have my motorcycle.

I don't know what we'll be doing with the boat yet. I have a little hope that we'll take her
to the Great Lakes for the tall ship festivals, but that's unfortunately unlikely.

I tested for my engineering license, domestic limited DDE and passed with creditable scores.
After that, I'll be working on my 500T mate's ticket. And I need seatime
to get the international equivalents.

I have some plans to go to England about late June/early July, and Worldcon in Kansas City
on 17-21 August. Both of those are subject to the needs of the boat, but are probable.
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Overwhelming is the word.

It's being a rough time.
The latest issue is the apparent suicide of one of my shipmates, with others needing much support, also. Many of them are getting together next weekend, but I already have commitments.

I'm still concerned about Shackleton the cat- the biopsy was positive on the whole, but at 17 1/2 he is deteriorating.
The liver tumor is benign, but might cause problems. He's got cancer, but it's slow and treatable.
So, he just requires much care, and that's a worry, too.

The boat is going slowly, but I get to shed some responsibility very soon. We've hired a licensed engineer, who appears to be a very good fit. I meet him in person tonight or tomorrow, and we finally will get the gensets sorted tomorrow, also.
There are still lots of little things to make fit, though, and some major hurdles in front of us, with various deadlines looming (at least one, unnecessarily).

I've ended up with ANOTHER trip back to the Bay area for eye treatment- I have the beginnings of cataracts, but need to manage the timing of treatment. If I didn't want to do so much, it'd be easy. I thought I'd sorted the preliminaries, but not. I can take advantage of the trip for a couple of other things, but it's still a day to get there, two days at home and a day to get back.

Because of all the real world drama in my life, I have to take a step back from everything emotionally, to handle it all. It's not where I want to be, but it's where I must be. As I type, another charged event is taking place. Wisdom has prevailed, but it still hurts.
I prefer my drama on the radio or stage.

The weather has almost broken, although again, there was ice outside this morning and it's persisted in the shadows.
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Cold, rain and snow

Weather Underground is claiming its snowing here, but I don't see it. OTOH, it is cold, blowing hard, and is raining some. The storm windows were installed on Friday, and apparently that attracted a storm, with high wind warnings. If I open the sashes inside the storm windows, I get plenty of ventilation if there's some wind, and I picked up some hardware so I can get more if necessary.

I walked out in it to get some groceries, and since it's on the way, had breakfast at the Franklin Spa. It turns out, it started as a pharmacy with a lunch counter, using the name "Spa" to indicate a place of healing. The pharmacy is gone, but the lunch counter that's the legacy is a great place for breakfast. Contrary to my earlier experience when alone, the service was great, and the crabcake Benedict was delicious.

I'll be taking some more courses this winter, I think- 3 days of Bridge Resource Management in Woods Hole, and a couple of less formal ones in Port Townsend in February.

My bio is up on the OHP website, http://www.ohpri.org/staff-listing/doug-faunt - I think it's worth a look. "Systems consultant" is a bit too "suits" to my taste, I'd prefer "donkeyman".

And I'm finally going to get to actually do some work- the electricians are just not up for working aloft safely, and they've allowed that I'm qualified to do electrical work, and the riggers know I'm good aloft, so now to wait for a bit of decent weather. The systems work is necessary, and right up my street, but not quite as satisfying as real hands-on work.

I'm drinking lots of tea- it's much more comforting than coffee, and I need a bit of comfort right now.
The second anniversary of the sinking was a few days ago, which provided another waypoint towards the future. We'll have a crew reunion in a couple of weeks, after I return from a very short trip home, and it'll be good to see them.

I'm going to get out of Newport for Thanksgiving, one way or the other.

Pet peeves- mail from "Do Not Reply" with no other indication of who it's from without reading the headers or content of the message.
Shipping notices with NO indication of what was shipped, or from a person's name with no company attached.
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    Gordon Lightfoot
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It's a struggle sometimes, but I think I'm winning.

So, today, we have a plan for heating the boat for the winter, and I find that it's come about because I brought up the issue.
We will have some lightning protection, because I brought up the issue, and then implemented the solution (and where lightning is concerned, that's fuzzy).
Sometimes I wonder if I'm accomplishing anything, and then....

On other fronts, I had a good time with a friend at "La Traviata" in Boston Sunday afternoon.  The soprano, Anya Matanovic, was superb, and Weston Hurt also was outstanding.  The hall leaves something to be desired, although we were in "nosebleed" seats.
Boston looks to be pretty accessable- MBTA runs commuter trains to Providence, although I'm constrained by the RIPTA bus from there to here.  And I've found what looks as if it'll be interesting lodgings in the city, so I can reasonaby do overnights for later shows.

I'm considering going to Bristol, UK, for a perfomance of "Swallows And Amazons, the musical", which would almost certainly mean a visit to my odd-son (and his parents) in Stroud.
And I'm making a flying visit home in a couple of weeks, 4 days there.  There are a number of things that need personal attention, none of them critcal, and I can pick up more and warmer clothes.  I'm told that sometimes the high here is in the teen's (brrrr).

And I'm reading a lot of Swallows and Amazons fan fiction, mostly romantic, mostly about the characters after the books.  "constantlearner" is very productive, tells a reasonable story, but could use a good copy editor.  it's working for me.

But I must do some more work.
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    sounds from the park