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12Aug

T MINUS 14 / 20

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I enjoyed a quiet Saturday at the Florida Sea Base.  I have been fighting a cough for weeks.  I went to the doctor the last week of July and was prescribed a round of antibiotics.  I am better than then, but still have a nasty, very slightly productive cough.  I may call Monday for a follow up appointment.

I slept a surprising amount of the day.  I woke up before 06:00 and made my daily post.  While so doing, I had a cup of coffee and a weight loss “cookie” (certainly isn’t an Oreo).  I assumed the coffee and cookie would keep me up but no; back to bed.  I was awake but still in bed when I received my first phone call for the day from a Scout Leader who is bringing a scuba group in 2013.  It was certainly a question that could have waited until normal business hours, but I didn’t mind.  So I got up and drank a two cups of coffee, went topside, raised the sun tarps (I had taken the down last night in the vent of a thunderstorm, and then laid back down.  I got up just before noon, drank a quart of water and had two “cookies”.  Then back to bed until 15:00 (3pm).  I showered, drank a quart of water, and worked on budget and Divemaster Academy files.  I feel like I could sleep for a week.

In the tropical news, TD7 broke apart Saturday and Invest 93L is of no concern to the Florida Sea Base.  It is beginning to look like we may make it through the entire 2012 summer program season without a major wind event at the Florida Sea Base.  Tropical Storm Debby certainly brought some ugly weather in June but nothing truly “severe”.  Storms can pop up suddenly, but this time of year most of our major storms come from Africa and I think we may be able to make the remaining 20 days of season hurricane free.

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This does not mean that our weather worries are over.  NOAA increased the number of hurricanes expected in 2012 on Friday.  As program dwindles over the next few weeks, the Florida Sea Base and private owners of boats in our programs will be taking vessels to safer locations.  The big dive boats will be hauled and placed in a boat yard in Marathon.  The 40 plus sailboats will be headed to various parts of Florida and the Bahamas.  Some will stay in the water and some will be put on the hard.  September and October are our two months of highest concern for hurricanes in the Florida Keys.  I will be gone for part of that time and will secure S/V Escape before I leave.  While this may sound backwards, in the event of a hurricane I will return from Texas to better secure Escape and to assist with securing the base and weathering the store in the event an emergency repair needs to be made during the blow.

Our local forecast from the National Weather Service:

 Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 81. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 82. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tuesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 81. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 81. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Thursday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 81. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 81. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Additional marine forecast information:

Today: South to southwest winds 5 to 10 knots…becoming southeast late. Seas around 1 foot. Nearshore waters smooth to a light chop. isolated showers and thunderstorms this morning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.
Tonight Through Monday Night: East to southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 1 foot. Nearshore waters smooth to a light chop. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Tuesday: East to southeast winds near 10 knots. Seas around 1 foot. Nearshore waters a light chop. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Tuesday Night Through Thursday Night: East to southeast winds near 10 knots. Seas around 1 foot. Nearshore waters a light chop. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.

We held the first of two annual captains appreciation dinners last night at the Islamorada Fishing Club.  As always, Captain Rich held a meeting prior to dinner for the captains to express any suggestions for improvements.  Captain Rich is second from the right in the first picture.  If you look closely, near the center of the second photo, you might see “the most interesting man in the world” from the TV commercials, Captain Giuseppe Passanisi.

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I hope you enjoyed this post.  I need to remind everyone that this is a private site and is NOT owned, maintained or sanctioned by the Florida Sea Base or the Boy Scouts of America.  Any questions or issued raised by comments on this site should be directed to Captain Steve Willis at 305-393-7373 or Steve.Willis@scouting.org or by clicking on the comment button.  Please do not contact the Florida Sea Base directly.  They are not responsible for any comments made on this site and some of the individuals do not appreciate my blog adding to their workload.  More information can be found on the ABOUT page on this site.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI CD #39713
Aboard S/V Escape 

26Jun

Back to Work

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I HATE nightmares.  I woke up around 0215 and couldn’t get back to sleep.  I’ve been reading about parenteral glucagon to prepare for a discussion I expect to have later today with an incoming Scuba Adventure participant.  Unfortunately the participant submitted his medical very late and has been denied participation because he has Type 1 diabetes and does not fall within the parameters set by the Florida Sea Base.  I was hoping the reading would be boring enough to let me get back to sleep.  While it’s not very thrilling, it didn’t put me to sleep.  So here’s today’s post.  (Maybe this will put YOU to sleep.)

I slept in until 0630 yesterday.  I washed dishes (I have so few that I try to wait until I have enough to justify the water usage) then cleaned up.  I went to the municipal pool and swam laps for 45 minutes.  Then I went to Tavernier to investigate the possibility of taking some bougainvilleas home to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  From what I’ve read, they should do okay in hanging baskets or in large pots that can be brought inside during the winter.  They can survive the cold, but stop growing below 60º.  The nice lady at the nursery said they could survive down to about 30º without dying.  We already have plants that get moved into the garage during the winter.  I’m thinking about building a closet inside the garage and putting a heat lamp and grow lights in it.  Next I stopped at West Marine for some plumbing supplies and then drove to the mainland to run a few more errands.

Yesterday was my daughter-in-law’s baby shower.  Destiny is due about the 7th of August I believe.  All is well with her and the granddaughter, Josie.

The Atlantic/Caribbean remains quiet.

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Our local forecast for the next 7 days is again very consistent; 30% chance of scattered showers, lows of 81-82, highs on 92-93.  The water temperature is 84.  We are experiencing very gentle breezes with a forecast for an increase to about 15 knots by midweek.  Overall, these are very typical conditions for this time of year.  The UV level is off the charts and deceptive this week due to the occasional cloudiness.  Clouds do NOT block UV radiation.  Being under a bimini top on a boat does not block UV radiation.  If you are at the Florida Sea Base, you need to have on sunscreen to protect your skin and polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes.  We had a small rain storm hit us about 2200 last night.  It looks like we are going to get smacked for about an hour by a small but potent cell in 30 minutes to an hour from now.  The Florida Sea Base is located right where the Highway 1 sign is on this map.  The cell to our south is coming right at us.

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I checked in with the base a few times yesterday and they reported that all was going well.  Sometimes they fib to me about little stuff when they know I’m trying to take a day off so I will find out later today if there are any issues that need my attention.  I’m going to check quickly on deck before this storm cell hits.

Have a great day.

Capt. Steve Willis
Aboard S/V Escape

My plan is to take Saturday off.  There’s nothing spectacular to report from Friday.  All went well.  No one died.  I didn’t poop my pants.  I did deal with three or four MDs who just couldn’t grasp the idea of zero loss.  Yes, we are more conservative in our practices than the general population.  Safety first.  It’s amazing that the Florida Sea Base has been taking kids diving for over 30 years without a youth fatality.  Safety first.  Did I mention that already?

Capt. Steve Willis
Aboard S/V Escape

Invest 94 L still appears to be no threat to the Florida Sea Base (or any part of the US).  But the system is continuing to organize and our hurricane season may not yet be over.  Our local weather is warming up slowly.  It was ALMOST air conditioner weather this afternoon.

Capt. Dennis took the shark research group from the University of Miami out again yesterday.  Unfortunately, they were skunked.  No sharks were caught.  The group came back about an hour early.  Capt. Dennis and Dr. Ellen loaded up and headed for Lady Lake, Florida as quickly as possible.  They have an important meeting with their home remodeler today.

I did NO office work yesterday.  I did a few chores on the boat and did some routine maintenance on my truck.  I watched part of the Dolphins game, most of the NASCAR race and some of the Cowboys game.  That was about it; generally a quiet day off.

I saw the youth from the church group out kayaking for a while yesterday.  They left the base around 14:00 I believe.  They seemed to be a good group and they were saying how great a time they had as they left.

I have a fairly substantial DO LIST for today.  But you have to stay flexible when working at the Florida Sea Base.  As always, I will have to wait to see what the day brings.  Make it a great day!

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

Today is my son’s birthday.  He is the greatest son that any father has ever had.  I love him very much and I miss him terribly.  Happy birthday kiddo.

My son, Aaron, with his lovely bride, Destiny, in the background.

Aaron is very much a self made man and very accomplished.  While in grade school he taught himself to play the guitar, bass, and keyboards.  He had formal training on percussion.  He is very successful in the music industry as a performer, producer, writer, editor, videographer, web designer, etc.  He is very active in his church, a devoted husband, animal lover, and all around good guy.  I am VERY proud of him.

I was off yesterday and only received two business related phone calls.  Both of those were related to a chore I need to tend to this morning.  I did not hear any other news so for now I am assuming that no news is good news.  If that was not the case, I am sure I will be brought up to speed later this morning.  I spent my day off onboard S/V Escape.  I completed a few tasks, cooked for myself (instead of eating in the Galley) and watched some TV shows on DVD and Hulu.com.  I don’t have a TV onboard.

The weather at the Florida Sea Base is still windy and warm with a chance of showers.  This has been going on for too long and needs to stop soon.  The good news is the tropics are still quiet and the cap at the Deepwater Horizon site is still holding.

Today is a big check-in day with scuba crews arriving in addition to the daily allotment of sailors.  Ellen will have her hands full.

I will add an update later if warranted.  I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

Today is Sunday.  I’m going to meet my son at his house after church.  He is the person who is responsible for this blog.  I would have never even tried to do this without his technical assistance.  As a matter of fact, one of the things I hope we can accomplish today is tweaking one of the pages on this site that is having technical difficulties beyond my abilities.  We’ll also check out some new (to me anyway) video games and electronic “goodies”.  The weather is supposed to be pretty decent today so I may try to drag him out truck shopping.  My 1997 GMC has almost 205,000 miles on it and I am suffering from new truck fever.  I would have a new truck already, but the prices are just to hard for me to justify.

I bought my first pickup in 1975.  It was a 1974 Chevy half-ton, fully loaded and I paid less than $3,500.  I drove it for 375,000 miles and then sold it for $1,500.  Then in 1996 I bought a 1997 GMC 3/4 ton (even ordered it from the factory to my specifications) and nearly had a stroke over the $21,600 price tag.  I couldn’t grasp why the truck should cost 6 times as much as it’s predecessor.  It couldn’t possible last 6 times as many miles (nearly 2 million miles?), it couldn’t last 6 times as long (nearly 120 years?) and my pay had not increased 6 fold.  But the old ’74 was dead and gone and I NEEDED a truck.  Right now I just WANT a new truck.  At 205k miles the ’97 is running pretty good. None of the fluids are leaking onto the ground.  There’s a little body damage, she needs new tires, a new seat cover on the driver’s side (which probably means new covers all around to have them match), there are some electronic glitches and the switch that controls the duct selection on the air conditioner / heater may need to be replaced.  If you open the hood she looks almost new.  So I don’t really NEED a new truck right now.  And I am even more dumb-struck by the prices.  The price has about doubled in the last 12 years.  Again, my pay check hasn’t doubled in the last 12 years; the new truck is not going to last 4 million miles or 240 years.  No wonder the auto industry is in such bad shape.  They have lost their minds.  Which is another reason to not buy a new truck.

Anyway, new truck or not, I will have a great day visiting my son.  I hope this is a great day for you too.