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Guess I gotta go buy a house now. Drop anything almost a whole percentage point and the economy is fixed. . . once I buy a house. Or something like that.

Been laid up a bit with typical ankle and ka-nee BS. Seems like every time I hit the gym the darn thing hits back. However, limping provides a stout reminder of one of the reasons I took this job. Flexibility. Of course I'm not speaking of my personal, physical flexibility but rather the fact that when I'm hurtin' I work from home. Simple as that. No inquisition, just trust.

Don't really have anything that I wanted to write about. Was gonna upload some pictures onto Flickr but the ol' company laptop is fighting me at every turn. Apparently uploading a photo of my brothers looking stupid doesn't comply with company policy. Turns out that the failure is okay cause most of the pictures were nothin' write home about. . . which is sort of what I'm doing I guess.

Well, I'm keeping busy. Gonna put the Serenade of the Seas into dry dock on February 11th and there's a whole lot of work to do between now and then. I guess for lack of any better ideas I'll give up my tentative traveling work schedule for the winter and spring. The start and end date on each of these is highly flexible. . . put it this way, I ain't exactly booked any flights yet.

February 11 thru March 5 -- Serenade of the Seas in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
March 27 thru April 9 -- Independence of the Seas (New Build) in Turku, Finland
April 10 thru April 29 -- Celebrity Summit in Brest, France
And possibly;
April 30 thru May 17 -- Brilliance of the Seas in Hamburg, Germany

The Serenade and the Summit are my jobs. I'll be on the Independence just to learn the process of a new build so I can help manage the Genesis class in 2009. I doubt I'll work the Brilliance but it's a possibility since I'll already be in Europe.

I guess I can add my fall schedule too since it won't take too long.
November 15 thru December 3 -- Celebrity Infinity in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

Guess I won't be home for Thanksgiving.
Hope everyone is taking good care of themselves.



Got back to Hollywood today. Job went ok but nothing fun to report. I've got almost a month till my project starts in Freeport. Hope everyone is doing well.



Well, my first dry dock in Freeport and I'm bored outta my skull.  Okay, not quite that bored but seeing as how I'm not the lead Project Manager on this seven day work party the job is leaving a bit to be desired.  Really I'm only here to learn the capabilities of the shipyard in preparation for my three week project coming up in February.  Hell, I ain't even been out to the one town on the island yet. . . but seeing as how everything is imported to this island (and therefore ridiculously expensive) I don't think I'm going to lose any sleep over it.

Not much else to report at this time.  A beer or glass of wine in the crew bar costs a buck, but I've been pretty good about not abusing that.  It's pretty funny watching everyone walk away from the bar with their purchase limit though. . . a six pack or a bottle of wine per person, that's ALL you're allowed.  Funny.  Welcome to dry dock.  Even the easy jobs ones drive people to drink.

Unfortunately there's not much here to take pictures of but I'll try to post something interesting again someday.  I sort of promise.

Aside from this job, um. . . oh yeah, the family winter trip to Wisconsin was pretty sweet.  Ma, two bros, one bro's wife and one bouncing, baby niece.  My brother's kid was pretty much the entertainment the majority of the time.  She was about to turn one so she almost walks (the argument could be made that she took her first steps in the W-I), sorta talks (babbles), and generally has one helluva personality on 'er.  Aside from tossing the baby around there were cocktails and trap shooting and dinners with semi-distant relatives and a bonfire (complete with roasted snow balls), quite a bit of scrabble played and general christmas frivolity.  It was a very good time and caused me to forget quite a bit about work. . . in fact I'm finding that I still have a problem with remembering some of the things I am supposed to remember for work.  Oh well. 

Happy Frickin' Monday Everyone!
(today is Monday. . . right?)