I drove my boss and his wife to Miami yesterday to see the doctor. I had a doctor’s appointment 30 minutes later about 20 minutes away. My doctor was on call at the hospital so my 1100 appointment turned into a 90 minute wait. Fortunately, there is a McDonald’s about 2 blocks from my doctor’s office and they offer free high speed internet. So I sat in my car, in the Micky D’s parking lot in the rain and listened to XM radio and entertained myself on the world wide web. I could have never conceived of such a scene when I was in college. I guess that’s why Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are multi-billionares and I work for the Boy Scouts. I woke up around 0500, wrote my post for the morning, worked in the office until the server crashed, left the base at 0800, picked up my passengers, drove to Miami, dropped off my passengers, sat at McDonald’s, went to the doctor, picked up my passengers, delivered used scuba equipment to a buyer in Florida City, had an early dinner, and returned to base at 1900. It was a long day.
Tropical Storm Katia is churning in the Atlantic. The forecasted track is showing a pretty good curve towards the north; bad news for Bermuda but potentially good news for the US east coast.
The system in the Caribbean is still not officially designated with a name or number, but is definitely moving towards the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico where it could develop very quickly. The Weather Channel reports:
Closer to the U.S., we have a more immediate concern. Depicted in the graphic below over the northwest Caribbean is a tropical disturbance with collocated shower and thunderstorm activity. Numerous computer models forecast that this system could develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm later this week as it makes a move towards the western Gulf of Mexico.
It’s too early to say what impacts this system may have, but residents and those with plans along the Gulf Coast late this week into the Labor Day weekend should monitor the situation closely, particularly in Texas and Louisiana.
My main chores for today include teaming with Captain Rich Beliveau to “seasonalize” our 2411 budget. The sailing and scuba programs at the Florida Sea Base are joined as a single cost center. The actual budget is complete. Now we have to engage in a process that is bizarre. We have about a dozen different accounts within our cost center. We have to decide how much we will spend in each account each month. Here’s why I called the process bizarre. The National Office uses the seasonalization to forecast their monthly cash flow. When we make an error, they get upset. But SO much of this is beyond our control that this whole process is quite frustrating. We have to foresee not when we will order something, not when we will receive it, not when we will receive the invoice, and not when we will approve the invoice for payment. We have to foresee when the payment will be issued by the National Office. Does anyone have a crystal ball they would like to sell?
Other chores for today include ordering more program equipment and getting Kyle Moran and Terri Wells up to speed on selling the used equipment.
Captain Dennis and Dr. Ellen snuck off yesterday while I was in Miami. They said they will be back for our Christmas season. Several more staff are departing today including Captain Alex Bergstedt, Maya, Scott Patton and several others.
Capt. Steve Willis
Aboard S/V Escape