With Dutch Harbor in the rear view window, I am camped out in Louisville, KY. looking for employment and a new chapter.
By: joealaska , 5:14 AM GMT on August 07, 2012
I am happy UK won / is winnning the medals. Do not sell your country short, though. Sports Illustrated (in the USA) projected UK would win 23 GOLD, 23 SILVER, and 19 BRONZE.
They knew YOU were good.
A number of Coast Guard boats have been in And out of Dutch recently. Alex Haley, Munro, and now Healy. I personally dropped off some light freight to Munro this past weekend. (This reflects on how busy we are. If I am delivering freight, we are swamped.) This was early morning Saturday. I never thought about my dress code of the day. But I always wear some type of baseball cap. I have a lot of them, and I rotate the hats. THAT morning I was wearing a cap from BERTHOLF, a new USCG cutter that came through over a year ago, and recently came through again.
All I know is that when I pulled up in the Tahoe with 15 small packages, everyone was saluting me.
Even before I left my vehicle. When I stepped outside I saw a sailor leaving the vessel. He saluted the bridge, the flag on the stern, and ME. It was embarrassing. So I removed my hat.
One of my recent hirees abandoned his position about a week ago. One day he was working for me, the next day he was working on a fishing boat. I understand this happens. But it was ugly the way it happened. There was no warning. He actually called GNU and said he would be leaving the island for a while as one of his kids in the lower 48 had been shot. They never call me, as they are afraid. Very afraid.
And afraid of being caught lying.
Next morning I continued to try reaching him (on the company cell phone he had) to find out what was happening. NOBODY has an emergency in Dutch one night, then leaves next morning, unless they have a private plane. He did not, and I knew there was something funny (not HA HA) going on.
Later we heard he had taken a higher paying job on a fishing vessel. I would have understood if he had called me late that night saying he was leaving next morning. But no call, just a lie.
I had personally loaned this guy the money to fly up here (paid back), and spent time arranging the flight. I guess that made no difference.
Yesterday he called me from the boat. He apologized and said he made a mistake. Now he was on a boat and unable to work as he was seasick. Along with his brother, who also left a good job to FISH. Now he wanted his job back. Me, I just wanted our phone back. That was all.
I have found new employees who want to work, who I believe will not leave.
Most of the Shell boats are leaving Wednesday, August 7. Mid August and they are heading to drill while the weather is good in Northern Alaska. Not a big window.
Dutchie is spending a big amount of her time birding. OUTSIDE KITTY, as weather permits. Now I am seeing bird carcass under the porch with no heads. Even worse than that is running into the fore-mentioned heads
Newer guy starts tomorrow, GNU leaves for a week. I have mostly new folk and one regular.
Beautiful night tonight. Going to bed early.
Welcome back Rotty.
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