At 03:38:59 I was in a deep sleep. At 03:39:00 I was rudely jolted into full awakeness by a noise I recognized in that split second between sleep and consciousness; the swim ladder on Escape was rubbing against the dock. We are having a crazy high tide right now and the forward spring lines needed to be shortened about 6″. On the rare occasion that this happens (no, it’s not the first time) it makes a horrible, grinding, metallic sound about 4′ from my sleeping head. In reality it is a very heavy duty aluminum ladder gently rubbing against a soft pine 2″x4″ wooden board. Regardless, it is a rude way to be awakened.
The good news is there was no damage and the problem was very easily fixed. And while I was on deck a dolphin visited with me for a few minutes. By the time she left I was pretty awake. So here I am. Good morning from the Florida Sea Base!!!
Today is “seasonalization” day at the Florida Sea Base. Spell check does not recognize “seasonalization” as a word. But it is the next step in our BSA budget process. The 2011 budget is set. As with most budgets projected income and expenses are broken down into several accounts. Seasonalization is the act of taking each account, whether it is income or expense, and forecast how much of the income or expense in each given account will be received or spent in each calendar month. This means, for example, that we have to foresee during which month in 2011 a boat will break down and how much it will cost to repair it. Not only are we expected to foresee when this will happen, we have to foresee when a bookkeeper in Dallas will actually pay the invoice. What are the chances of “The Amazin Kreskin” pulling that off? We also have to foresee when Troop 666 from Podunk, USA is going to submit their payment for their adventure. Sure, we have deadlines, but some people don’t always pay their bills on time. The nice folks in Dallas do not understand when we guess incorrectly. I have sharpened my darts, hung the board on the office wall and will record the results in an accurate and professional manner. One of my best days EVER at the Florida Sea Base involved Capt. Rich, Coach Carl G. Boyles (now of Northern Tier fame) and me setting in the office making wild guesses and laughing our tails off while seasonalizing the budget. The sad thing is that was the most accurate seasonalization I have ever submitted.
Megan BROYLE. Ha!! I remembered to ask. Our new Administrative Intern is Megan Broyle. [I couldn't remember her last name yesterday morning.] Megan is getting settled in. She reported to Rob and Nancy for her first day of work yesterday morning.
Capt. Rich celebrated his birthday yesterday by moving furniture into Annex Rooms 9 and 10. He let me help a little.
Tropical Storm Gaston is of concern for the Florida Sea Base. Paul Beal, General Manager, has called a meeting for tomorrow morning to discuss battle plans. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. I spent a little time last night making a list for preparing S/V Escape and my other personal interests.
And at the 02:00 update the National Hurricane Center identified another tropical wave of concern near the Cape Verde Islands.
SSTs (Sea Surface Temperatures) play a big role in hurricane development and intensity. Here’s a great image from Weather Underground showing the current SSTs off the US east coast. When you’re hot, you’re hot!
Water surface temperatures from AVHRR satellite data for the 6-day period ending August 31, 2010. Ocean temperatures of 26.5°C, capable of supporting a hurricane, stretched almost to Long Island, New York. Image credit: Ocean Remote Sensing Group, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
Interest in the Divemaster Academy continues to grow. I have received 8 applications and received three phone calls yesterday from interested persons. The maximum capacity for the DMA is 16. Acceptance is competitive based. Eagle Scouts, Gold Award recipients, Rangers and Quartermasters earn extra points. The number of dives and QUALITY of dives is another major factor. For example, 35 dives of 20 minutes each to a maximum depth of 60′ is not very impressive. Hour long dives to 50′, 90 minute dives to 40′ , 15 minutes dives to 90′ are better quality. Not just deeper dives, but dives showing significant bottom time. These longer dives show good air consumption, comfort in the water, and simply more dive time. A lot of time at 30′ generally beats a little time at 100′. But some deep experience is needed as well. Once you complete the Florida Sea Base Divemaster Academy you are a certified PADI Divemaster. You could leave here and go to work anywhere in the world. We can’t just train you for our needs. We have to teach how to be a Divemaster. There is more information about the DMA on my LINKS page.
Speaking of anywhere in the world, former FSB DMA graduate, Divemaster and Scuba Instructor Megan Ware is in Germany. She wrote:
Hi Capt Steve-
I hope you’re feeling better. I found your blog a few months ago and have enjoyed keeping
up with the life and times of Sea Base. I’ve been living in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a small
Bavarian town in southern Germany. I’ve been working for the Department of Defense Morale
Welfare and Recreation property Edelweiss Lodge and Resort as a civilian contractor.
Justin Wernecke is here working as well. I am planning a trip to Egypt next month and plan
to do atleast one dive in the Red Sea while I’m there.
I’m working to find a job for when I leave here so there is the chance that you might see my
name on an application again. Glad to hear that you had such a great summer season! I miss
Sea Base and the Keys!
Hope all is well for you.
Talk to you later,
Happy fahrvergnügen Megan. (That’s one of the very few German words I know.) I’ll be watching for your application.
Okay. I’m headed back to bed for a couple of hours.
Aboard S/V Escape