Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays from New York

Yeah so I wish I was home but I'm working with the hand that was dealt to me.If I was home of course I would have spent way to much money on gifts,but I would have spent some quality time with friends and family.The guys on the tug have become kind of like my family.You have to understand that we spend 2/3 of our lives together all day every day.Either you can look at it like prison or look at it like a good way to make a living and meet some interesting people.Sometimes I learn a bit much about my shipmates,but I guess they think the same about me.It's the second year in a row I have missed the holidays due to work and honestly it doesn't bother me to much.I know my mother is going to hate to hear that but hear me out.Two years ago I couldn't even afford gas to get to my parents house for the holidays.That's even if my 1992 Nissan Sentra would have made it the entire 20 mile trip.Now I'm well on my way to saving money and I'm not an emotional or financial burden on my family.My options are endless and I just want to take a second to thank my family for sticking with me through those hard times.

Today while on the phone with a female friend she asked me if I was lonely.Confused ny the straight forward question I responded that if I was home I would probably miss a few of my shipmates just as I do my own family.Just as my family has looked out for my well being so have my shipmates.Without them there is a good chance I would have been severely injured by now.The same goes for them,we all have to watch each others back.Disregard those last few comments mom,I won't and can't get hurt.HAHA,honestly the job has it's dangerous,exciting,boring and endless days.As long as the checks keep ending up in the bank I don't care.Once again,thank you to my family back home as well as my family on the boat.You all have been the best mentors I could ever ask for.Merry Christmas,Chanukah,Kwanzaa or whatever it is you people celebrate.


{nUtTyPrOfFeSsOr} said...

That shiznit loox FRIGID!

tugboatdude said...

It was actually almost 40 that day.Today it was almost 50!Hope it gets a bit cooler to get some birds down to our area.

Swamp Thing said...

Well, we have given up on ducks for the next few days (goose hunting instead), but we will be in tidal freshwater on the Patuxent on saturday, so if new ducks have come south, we should definitely "see" them, even though they may be flying 900 feet up in the air.

The Rabid Outdoorsman said...

I always figure a job is a job . . . that is why they call it work and not play. No matter how bad it gets I remind myself that I am not in a bunker in Iraq getting shot at!

Going to try to get out this weekend for a night coyote hunt should only be 0-10 degrees so downright balmy!