It's a Small World After All
05/15/2014 - 05/15/2014
Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Who the hell gets up this early? Granted I got to bed by 02:30 but the alarm was set for 04:00, so that I could leave my place by 04:30, by there by 05:00 and fly away by 06:30. I work right up and had everything ready to go. My lovely Kate gets me there on time and the poor thing gets to go back home for 60 minutes of a nap before she needs to get ready for the office. It’s a good thing that I am going on a holiday cruise, you know floating around the ocean, sipping on G&Ts and enjoying the shade of palm trees waving overhead. I should come home feeing rested. I know if any of my Pride deckhands are reading this, they probably just spit their drink out, laughing so hard. No complaints from me.
Actually I was super awake the whole flight and could work on some memory work for my Lodge. Score!
I arrived safe and sound in Charleston, SC at 12:30. Ben, my new Second Mate was able to pick me up and whisk me away to the ship. Did I mention the rain??? It poured hard, for a little while then stop. Then start again, then stop. Again and again. I didn’t really get a good chance to even look at the ship exterior because of all of the damn rain.
This, however, gave me ample time to check out the below decks portion. So I really couldn’t even do that, with the electricians still working hard and the entire ship torn apart. It seriously looked like a war zone. It was really hard to walk into this situation, not knowing anyone at all and not knowing where anything was or what to do. IC should mention here that Barb, the one that got me this gig, couldn’t put her life on hold and couldn’t stay for the transit. She left a few days before I got here. Personally I think that she just didn’t want to see me again. However I did get to meet Captain Arrow, Chief Mate Beth, Second Mate Ben, and Deckhand Jeanine (sp?) who was going to leave us the next day. She too couldn’t wait. Luckily everyone here was totally awesome and basically said that there wasn’t really anything to do because of the construction below and the weather above. This was the perfect time for me to move in and make my space my own. I chose the Starboard Upper Rack in the Bunk Room for mine own. This room is very near the bow of the ship and contains racks for 6 souls. I have a drawer and three very good sized lockers to call my own. Twice the space that I had on Pride and for only a week and a half worth of clothing! They issued me linens and a pillow, and the bed got made up, the clothes all sort and put away and before you know it was…..
After nap time, it was time to assist with putting the interior back together and welcoming another new Deckhand aboard by the name of Charlie. He is a tugboat driver from Hew Hampshire and seems to be totally awesome. This is when I got to do something that I quite enjoyed doing. I watched a Deckhand cook me dinner. I cannot imagine why I enjoyed this so much, but I did. She made a lovely Beef stew, sautéed okra and crescent rolls. Score! I didn’t even offer to help for like a whole three minutes. I assisted with the Galley clean-up and then we all went out to a pub for a bit. I had a really good time getting to know these new shipmates of mine. I also got to meet Captain Sarah, who captains for a local tall ship that lives here, by the name of Pride!!! Of course everyone knows everyone that you know, so it was really nifty to be able to be part of that experience. Thank you Pride of Baltimore II again!
Signed consistently thinking “How awesome is this – I have new shipmates”
Kit – The New Shipmate