It is budget time at the Florida Sea Base.  I have been piddling with it for a week or two.  It’s time to start getting serious.  On 04 August several of the full time staff will meet to “forecast” how many participants will attend the Florida Sea Base in 2011.  Those numbers then set our budget in motion.  While we do receive donations on occasion, we are self-sufficient and do not receive any subsidies from the National Office or anywhere else.  It is difficult to focus in the office.  You need to be focused when preparing the budget.  You need to have ADHD on steroids when working in the office.  The “issues” brought into the office in person, by phone and via email change every few minutes, sometimes every few seconds.  So I will likely bring the work onto the boat and work on it in seclusion as much as I can.

The staff members are doing great.  Our Dockmaster, Dominic Alesandrini, has left to represent the Florida Sea Base at the National Jamboree.  Hurry back Dom.  We miss you already.   One of our recurring spring time Scuba Instructors, Dave Ball, is also there.  I will include additional names of current and former FSB staff who are at the Jambo as I learn about them.  John Livres, a 2007 and 2008 staff member sent me an email saying he is working with outside contractors.

Today’s NOAA forecast:

Today: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 92. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Tonight: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 82. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

The UV is forecasted to be 14 out of a possible 16.  That means unprotected skin will start sunburning after 10 minutes of exposure.  Applying SPF 30+ sunscreen and drinking copious amounts of water will help prevent sunburn and dehydration.  Our heat index will reach 110º F today.

Time to get out of here.  Included in my prayers for today are the people dealing with the flooding in Iowa and the folks working on the Deepwater Horizon blowout.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

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