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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Hello to my lovely friends and family!  Well, I finally am beginning a blog.  I never thought the day would come when I would create a blog!  It kind of cracks me up, but reading some of Timmy's blogs made me excited to begin my own.  I am happy I am doing this so I can write only once so everyone can read.  I don't think I will have good internet if any at all while we are out at sea. I feel like I am talking to myself as I write this, ha!  But it's almost like a diary...okay anyways!  I left for San Diego on Saturday, August 30.  I flew in and my friend Brian picked me up at the airport. He is in the Navy.  We went to college together and lived in the same dorm freshman year, Smiley Hall, awwwwww!  SO he picked me up and took me to Tim's boat (well not HIS boat, the boat he works on).  Tim was there and we were super dooper excited to see one another because it had been a while since we saw eachother last, maybe like 2 months or so.  So then we headed to the Hard Rock Hotel and stayed there for one night, it was SO nice! We spent the evening relaxing and at this GROSS Italian tourist trap place, like you would find in South Beach.  It was so expensive and so gross.  I think the bread was really stale.  Then the next day we went to the Hard Rock pool and there were so many pretty people there.  The women were so funny, prancing around in their high heels and bikinis.  It was a pretty cool place!  Then Tim and I checked into a hotel called the Point Loma Inn.  It had a little kitchen and was really cute, but nothing like the Hard Rock!  So Tim ended up going to work that week and I set out looking for a job.  We thought I would get a job quickly but that didn't work out. I printed out several copies of my resume and hit several marinas up.  I didn't notice many large boats around so I got a little scared.  As I hit the last marina, a lady told me to try out a crew agency down the road called, The Crew Network.  I was already involved with The Crew Network back in Ft. Lauderdale, so i was very excited!  A crew agency is basically an agency that finds crew members jobs on different yachts!  It is free for me to go to them and just give them information about myself and tell them what I am looking for in the industry.  In Ft. Lauderdale I signed up with I think over 6 crew agencies.  So...I headed down the street to The Crew Network and met with a woman named Robin.  She said she will look for daywork for me.  So I left and headed back to "home."  For a good week I did nothing but relax, go to the beach/pool, read, and try to play the guitar.  Finally I got an email from Robin saying she had a position for me aboard a 140 ft. boat.  Long story short, I took the job and worked there for almost 2 weeks.  I "dayworked" is what they call it in the yachting industry.  I worked with a chief stewardess and another stewardess.  The boat was very unorganized and just madness.  We prepared the interior for a boat show called San Diego's Yachtfest.  It was from a Thur.-Sun. and we cleaned and detailed the entire boat spic and span before we showed the boat!  The purpose of a boat show is for boat to try and sell or get really rich people to charter the boat (rent it out for a period of time).  One day I will own one myself and all of you can join me for hor d'oeuvres!! (thank you dictionary.com!!!) SO anyways, the boat school was cool.  I mostly stayed at the door and guarded the boat hahaha!  I also gave tours of the boat which was fun.  I got to chat with some funny people.  Oh yes, before the boat show the owner and his friend flew a beautiful helicopter right on top, and landed on the landing pad.  I was outside right next to the pad as they were landing, it was pretty cool!  As the blades were whipping around I kept getting crazy visions of a blade flying off and chopping me, EEKKKK, so I quickly ducked and was freaking myself out hahahaha! So...I worked on there, by the way the boat was called Leigh Star.  After the boat show Tim pulled some strings and got me daywork on Paraffin (his boat!)!  So after I did some daywork for about one week and two days, I didn't think there would be a chance for me to get on the boat full-time.  So I booked a flight back to Ft. Lauderdale to look for a full-time job there.  Ft. Lauderdale is a HUGE hub, the largest in the world (I think) for mega-yachts.  So I planned on going back to Florida on Saturday, September 27.  Well...I was working on Thursday (the Thursday before my flight on Saturday!) and I was called up to the office.  The captain asked if I wanted to join the crew to New Zealand, so I asked him if he was offering me a full-time job and he said yes!  So...I told him I had already booked a flight and asked if the boat would take care of it and of course, the answer was no! So I told him I would tell him the next day if I would be going to Ft. Lauderdale and a bit and then flying back out, or if I would just stay in San Diego and continue...so I thought long and hard about it (right mom!?) and decided the next day that I would just lose out on a plane ticket (which I can still use within one year with an additional $150 change fee, GRRRR).  So...This is my 1st week as a full-time crew member!  It is pretty dang cool!  I am very excited about the adventures to come ahead.  This boat is massive.  I think there are like 17 or 18 crew members.  3 engineers at the moment, 2 chefs (one chef and one sous chef), 5 stewardess', 1 cheif stewardess, another soon to be hired 2nd stewardess, a few deckhands, a captain and a 1st mate.  By the way the captains name is Watson.  All of the crew are from all over the world!  Berlin, France, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Russia, Equador...me, Tim and another stewardess Miranda are the only Americans!  Well...I guess big boats are very organized because they have to be, there are just too many people!  So every morning, I roll out of my baby bed (right Megan!?!) brush my teeth, put my hair up and uniform on.  The uniform is khaki shorts or pants and a long sleeve tshirt or short sleeve...all provided.  Then walk out to the crew mess.  The crew mess is where the cew hangs out.  There is a large tv, many places to sit, two large tables for eating, fridge, coffe thingy, microwave...TONS of foooood!  Then we are given things to do for that day and begin! I always jam out to music, I stored a bunch of songs on my phone and just use it as an ipod, since I don't have an ipod.  Our project last week was to polish everything gold, gold knobs, gold light switches, gold lamps...it took forever!  Now we are going through all of the cupboards and taking everything out and detailing the inside and then putting everything back.  I am assigned to the dining room so you can imagine all the crystal glasses I have to take out and put back!  I also have been taking a lot of plates out and adding/cutting/fitting plate squishy divider thingys inbetween the plates, so when we are underway (moving in the ocean), the plates won't crack...other days I do laundry...about once a week!  and it takes most of the 8 hours!  NUTS I KNOW!  Well...we head for Hawaii in a few weeks for a quick stop to fuel up.  We will be in Hawaii before Halloween and hopefully for my birthday.  Then we take off to New Zealand.  Then we will be going to Fuji and Austrailia.  I think we are spending 2 or so months in Austrailia!  I also heard we will have the weekends off to go explore!  I will keep you posted.  For now, I love you all and I am hitting the sack now.  It is 11:28pm, which means it is 2:28am your time, AHHH!!! GOOOOOOOODNIGHT!!! XOXOXOXO
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cheriana on

Well 8 hours of laundry doesn't sound like much fun, but neither does sitting at a desk all day like I do!! That is so exciting that you are going to all these different places - I would love to go back to Hawaii and Fiji and Australia are going to be amazing! I want you to wear your life jacket at all times missy, we don't need you fallin overboard!!! xoxox miss you, be safe!

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