I haven’t been around all week!
Wanna know why?
You’re looking at a brand-new STCW graduate! That means I’ve completed standardized basic safety training and can work on boats around the world. It also means that I jumped in a life raft in the pool, did some CPR on a dummy, and did full on real firefighter training. It was SO FUN!!! STCW is made up of four training modules: Personal Survival Techniques, Personal Safety & Social Responsibility, First Aid & CPR and Basic Firefighting. I still have the Megayacht Interior Operations course and Powerboat course to do and then I’m done! I haven’t actually been this excited about school in ages (and trust me, I know all about school…university degree then a college diploma then dive instructor training and now this… apparently I really like being a student?)
Here’s our life raft inflating:
Also my first attempt at getting my bunker gear on at the fire field…a little wonky, but it looked a lot better the second (and third and fourth and fifth) time…
I haven’t had that much fun in a long time. I LOVED firefighting!! I actually want to go back and do the advanced course if I have time. We used all the different kinds of extinguishers, went in teams through a smoke-filled building and put out a pallet fire, did a search & recovery of a victim in a blacked out room and finally went through a maze in the dark, full of slides, holes, trick corners and dead ends. Some people didn’t fare too well (overheating, panic attacks) but I rocked it and it was a really fun week.
I’m starting to get settled a bit in Ft. Lauderdale!
The house I’m staying in is slowly but surely coming together. I have been painting (and drinking Red Stripe, because painting with a beer is legit):
We have been making do with some less-than-ideal housing conditions while waiting for appliances, new floors, etc. Also my ‘landlord’ hasn’t brought anything from his storage unit yet so on top of that we have no pots & pans, furniture, etc.
Due to these factors, we have interesting movie nights:
|matching twin air mattresses…movie night in my room! wine in red solo cups! boxes for a table! laptop for a tv! ghetto as hell!|
We also have to get really creative because we have nothing in the house. No corkscrew for our $5 bottle of wine from Wal-Mart? Make one, bitches.
|yep…this actually worked.|
I’ve also been blazing around Ft. Lauderdale on my scooter from Yachty Rentals… meet SADIE! She’s 49 cc’s of pure beast. AKA mostly everyone honks at me everywhere I drive because I can’t coax her above 35 miles an hour. Sadie has to stay within city limits because we can’t make the minimum speed on the highways. That’s okay Sadie. I love you anyway.
And finally, I am still enjoying the endless summer that my life has become. I was getting a little stressed about what was happening – am I finishing my courses and getting a job on a yacht? Going back to Roatan to find another dive instructing job? Going somewhere else in the Caribbean to look for a dive job? Staying in south Florida to do god knows what? And then I thought about all that, and realized, holy shit – my options are all AMAZING!!!!!!!!
|key biscayne beach day. my life doesn’t suck.|