Respect…

…Is freely given if graciously received. So I started working on the tall ship S/V Mystic Whaler on Thursday, July 18th and suddenly everything in my life changed for the better! After my interview on Wednesday with Cap and Pat we came to the conclusion that I would make for a good ship’s engineer for the rest of the summer sailing season. The job is pretty much the same as the rest of the crew aboard only I’ve been given the added responsibility of learning and keeping an extra watchful eye on the working systems aboard ship. Those systems include the rig, the engines, the electronics, the plumbing and anything else that may need the attentions of a sailor with my particular talents and level of interest. Again, it’s not a job that pays anymore than any other job aboard the schooner nor is any more or less important than any other job but Cap and Pat just wanted to let me know that they recognize the fact that I would most likely be the guy that would be the first to jump in when or if the shit went down. In other words, they gave me respect. For the previous three months I’d been working a job I hated in an industry I love for absolutely nothing. Really, I mean, yeah I got paid but that was all done by computer so I never actually received anything from my employers, no props, no thumbs up, no “hey that’s pretty cool that you rode your bike 13 miles through a lighting storm, after rowing your 7 foot dinghy in 5 foot seas to get to work”, nothing… Not even an inkling of respect after 3 months and my new employers dole it out in our introduction. Fuck yeah! Captain John[…]

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