Our meeting yesterday morning with the BSA Purchasing Department representatives was not a TOTAL waste of time. I promise that I went into the meeting with an open mind. I may have the opportunity for a two-on-one meeting with them sometime today. The objective of this exercise is to try to reduce spending. No one can argue with that. However, it appears that what seems like a good deal to one person may not make the best sense to someone else. It is going to be a real challenge to get the National Office, three High Adventure Bases and 300 local Council Offices to agree on what toilet paper they prefer.
I have completed one of my 2011 BSA Smart Goals. I turned in all of my paperwork to become certified by the Divers Alert Network as a Diving Emergency Management Program instructor. Now I only have 5 or 6 more goals to satisfy. We used to call Smart Goals Critical Achievements. A rose by any other name……. This was not a Smart Goal for Capt. Rich, but he completed the program with me.
Divemasters Mike Roesel and Jim Funnell arrived yesterday. Capt. Scott Costa arrived Tuesday but I didn’t see him until lunch yesterday. I think two more DMs are scheduled to arrive today. Megan Ware and Sargon Smith with be transferring from the Conference staff to the Scuba staff on Saturday.
We have a pretty good chance of rain today. The front is in Tampa, Florida right now, but is sliding our direction.
Starting tomorrow (once the front has passed) it should be a little more like spring than summer. Our forecast, courtesy of the National Weather Service…
Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Thursday Night: A slight chance of showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 60. Breezy, with a north wind between 15 and 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 69. Breezy, with a north wind around 20 mph.
Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 57. Northeast wind around 15 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 73.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
I may take Capt. Dennis to the Fort Lauderdale or Miami Airport tomorrow so he can validate the travel instructions he submitted in yesterday’s post. He is an adventurist.
The computers for the program, conference, galley and retail departments will be off line today. Ellen is taking the day off. Capt. Rich and I will out of service, unable to access email, the internet or the server. All of our work documents are saved to the server, not to our hard drives.
Aboard S/V Escape