Plenty of downtime here in the ATX lately, so I've been catching-up on some long-deferred projects.
Like learning to play the ukulele. And setting-up a t-shirt shop for all the nautical tees I keep looking for but can't find anywhere.
I have pages of designs (if you have an idea, I'd be happy to hear it! Leave a comment or shoot me an email.), so check back frequently to see what's new.
Before long there will be a little something for everyone, whether you work in the Gulf or the North Sea, on a tug or a crewboat or a PSV.
I'll even have some designs specifically for the folks we leave behind each time we go to work.
I'll be integrating the shop into it's own website (www.workboatwear.com - doesn't work now, but it will soon!) in the next few weeks.
The service, Spreadshirt, was recommended by a friend who uses it, and so far I'm really happy with it. The shirts are high-quality, and so is the printing. Your order will ship just a couple of days after you make your purchase.
Best of all, the prices are pretty reasonable compared to some other services I've used.
In other news, upgrade classes are proceeding ... slowly. Most recently I completed Bridge Resource Management at San Jacinto Community College in Pasadena, Texas. The portion of the class devoted to voyage planning was useful, but other than that it was a bit of a snooze.
Advanced Firefighting, at Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma, La., on the other hand, was actually fun. Who doesn't enjoy playing firefighter?
I think I wrote in an earlier post that I was done with crewboats. Well, maybe not.
It looks like I'll have to go back to work before I am ready to test for 500-ton Master. Here's hoping I can do that with a company that also has larger boats so I can just move up without moving on.