How time flies when you’re not doing a damn thing. It’s been nearly a month since I got back to Bellingham. Everything started out well with a trip down to Coos Bay Oregon for the 2nd Annual Glasgow gathering. The Glasgow Gathering is basically Tate’s way of getting all his buddies from up north to make the drive south to visit by organizing a backyard bluegrass festival. This year’s was great with some fine sunny weather and an average of 12 hours of pickin a day.
Since then I’ve been not making any plans waiting on a call from Western Towboat so I could go back to work. They haven’t needed me yet, but fortunately I’ve been around to help a bit with my brother and mom’s move down to West Seattle and my dad’s move out of his condo. Too bad I’ve been trying to live out of the condo while he’s moving out. Still the time in Bellingham has been good hanging out with Tiffany and all the fellas from back home, but I’ve been slowing going insane waiting. So now I’ve enrolled with Compass Courses in Edmonds for the 100 Ton Masters/200 Ton Mates course. When I finish I still won’t be able to work as a mate on the tugs, but will start building up sea time towards my towing endorsement which would allow me to move up in the towing world. The license will also let me work on all sorts of different boats up to 200 tons gross. Hopefully I’ll be able to work for Western later this summer, but if not at least this license will open up some more job opportunities for me. So the license will be nice, but I still need to make enough money to go back to Fiji in September.