Sunday, May 16, 2010


Well, it's all coming together now, and we will finally get this house on the market. Everyone will finish up this week, and we'll give it a go. With work, the house, the lack of work on the boat, it's all adding up and taking it's toll. My stomach has been in a knot for months it seems, and I'm finally starting to relax a bit, not much, just a little. Deb was actually to the point of tears a few days ago, as we've been doing nothing to relax, just work, work, work. This was much easier when we were younger. Looking back, I don't know how we handled kids, work, school, etc.
I am taking a few vacation days to get the boat ready for the water, and then I will have to figure out the Davit install. We have a getaway weekend with friends we have not seen in a while, and as much as I want to see them, it will take time away from the boat. This will be our first memorial day weekend where we are not in the water. Kind of sad, but hopefully we'll make up for it by living aboard all summer.

A change of subject. As an engineer, I am amazed, and at times frustrated by all the safety measures we design into our machines and processes. We take great pains to insure the safety of our personnel, and the environment, and at cost to the business. We feel that all this is well worth it. Knowing all this, it amazes me that a company can drill a hole in the ocean floor, one mile down, tap an oil pocket under pressure, and not consider what would happen if that connection fails. I know they had a "blow out" valve in place, that obviously did not work, but there was not a backup plan that I could tell. Was there even a thought given to what kind of disaster could happen, or did they not care? I guess when you spill cash in Congress, you don't have to worry about a spill in the Gulf. 

Back to work  :(