Mr. Tim Stanfill officially joined our staff yesterday morning as the Food and Conference Director. Tim worked here as a seasonal staff member in 2000 or 2001. He has been working as a Professional Scouter in Idaho for a few years. He has a three week old son, Jack, and his wife and son will be joining him here soon. Welcome aboard Tim.
Monday was a serious challenge for the sailing staff. But, as always, Capt. Rich lead the charge and the day went off without a hitch. Coral Reef Sailing crews arrived for Dutch Love, Juan Cadiz, Wandering Star and Siesta. Silent Harmony, Excalibur, Sprindrift and Adventure came in for a day of shore leave. By the end of the day, Roberta Rowend, who provisions all of the boats from the Commissary and Capt. Rich were worn OUT!!! But the kids received everything they needed and don’t have a clue as to how much it took to make their day a memory that will last a lifetime.
Seasonal staff members Sargon Smith, Teri Wells and Maggie Wells completed their tests for their US Coast Guard Captains Licenses Sunday. Teri and Maggie seem to be interested in buying boats for the Coral Reef Sailing program at some point in the future. I am not sure what Sargon is planning.
The PADI photo shoot team had a busy day. In the morning they shot pictures of the Scuba Certification crew in the classroom and the Scuba Adventure kids doing scuba review. In the afternoon they went on the dive boat to Alligator Reef for pictures on the boat and under the water.
I had a long, but easy day. I spent the first half of the morning in the office working on administrative tasks and then drove to the mainland for a doctor’s appointment. The trip killed about five hours so I returned to Sea Base around 16:00 and worked in the office until 19:00 (7:00pm). Then I went to dinner with the kind folks from the PADI photo shoot. I was back on base around 22:00, tended to a few piddly things in the office and then crashed. Hurray for hands-free phones. While driving to and from the doctor’s office I received over 45 phone calls. Like the signature line on my iPhone email says, “Out of the office but on the ball”. Of course I don’t text or email while driving; I’m too old to be that stupid.
I thought I might sleep in until 06:30 this morning but was up at 05:15 and here I am, drinking coffee and composing today’s post. I forgot to mention that before dinner I saw that I have a flat tire on my personal car. So I get to deal with that today. The tire is under warranty. The nearest Goodyear® dealer appears to be on the mainland. I may be driving on a donut until next week. Living in the Keys does have inconveniences.
That’s it. Have a great day.
Aboard S/V Escape