With Dutch Harbor in the rear view window, I am camped out in Louisville, KY. looking for employment and a new chapter.
By: joealaska , 7:05 AM GMT on March 25, 2012
We are thinking this is the last BIG weekend of the season. A number of the big boats are already sailing south leaving the fishing behind. Many are on their last trip and will be heading south shortly. We have worked hard and got the job done.
Our big weekly container vessel has been late this season more times than on time. This week was the worst. Almost a full day late. At 6:30AM I got my first call. A big boat getting their order in today wanted delivery at 1:30 this afternoon. A few minutes later another call. Another big boat wanting their delivery at...1:30! Shortly I had another scheduled for 12:30. We needed to unload
4 containers by then to accomplish two of those deliveries. I was stuck on the phone for awhile but got into the warehouse at 9:30 AM. The guys were unloading the vans. I went to my computer and saw an email from a customer received late last night. A decent order they wanted pulled and delivered by 8 AM.... And that is how my day started.
I have been using the iphone simply to monitor late emails into the office. Now I get to go through a bunch of emails in the evening, possibly finding a hot message requiring action. Maybe not. More time working. I still use my basic cell phone for phoning. Easier to use, less expensive when I drop it. The email I missed last night for that 8 AM delivery was sent to my computer at my desk. The MAIN computer is where my assistant sits and watches for messages. I do not watch for messages all the time at my desk. Most people email to the main computer, and THAT is the email address I can see with the iphone. Emails to my desk computer can be missed after hours, and that is what happened last night. That customer had both email addresses, but sent a hot order to the wrong one.
It is not a perfect system when we operate 24/7.
Looks like an interesting summer coming up. For one thing, it will probably cease snowing! AND, there will be a number of interesting vessels heading through Dutch. Mainly Shell Oil and related vessels heading north for the first wave of Arctic oil exploration in some time. And Greenpeace right behind. So the 50 US Coast Guard cops will be sent up to keep the general peace.
Greenpeace staged a takeover / sit-on of a New Zealand oil rig heading to the Arctic recently. Lucy Lawless of Xena “fame” led the parade. Greenpeace is expected to protest the arrival of the northbound vessels. While the US Coast Guard believes in the rights of peaceful protest, they are sending up50 enforcers to maintain the peace in town. The 50 will stay in facilities like warehouses so as to not fill up The Grand Aleutian and inhibit TOURISM. Dutch Harbor is the last deep water port to serve these vessels before they head north to the Arctic.
WHAT A DAY FOR LOUISVILLE. The Cardinals have made it to The Final Four, a surprise even to many of their biggest fans. It is so hard to do, even for the basketball elite. UL is hot at the right time. Of course, I saw none of the game. I saw they were down by 8 at half time. Then I caught a few late scores and they were coming back! I heard they closed on an 18-3 run. Down by 11, they won by 4. It was a tough loss for Florida. The two coaches are closely related. Billy Donovan and Rick Pitino have a long history of working together. Pitino is 6-0 VS Donovan.
Tomorrow the soon to be NBA players at Kentucky will advance to The Final Four when they defeat Baylor easily. And next week they will play Louisville in The Final Four. The only thing that could be better would be that they would meet in the FINALS. Some day it will happen. It should. There are a lot of huge basketball programs and states. But I will argue Kentucky is the biggest. Adolph Rupp. Denny Crum. Rick Pitino. Rupps Runts. The empty green chair at Rupp Arena. Louisville Cardinals playing second fiddle in the big blue shadow, but a two time National Champ. This is a HUGE deal for the Commonwealth.
For many years KY and UL did not play each other. Finally they scheduled the Dream Game. It went to overtime and The Cardinals stunned the state and demolished UK after a very close game. I think UK will have their way this time, but who cares?
In a dream, I see UK playing UL for the national title. On that sunny day I choose to just record the game instead of watching, and going out to play some golf. Oh, I will watch it later, sometime. But I will just enjoy the solitude on the golf course knowing it does not matter who wins that game, but that it is a great day to be in The Bluegrass.
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