Most probably the longest title I have ever used, and that statement reminds me of the great Eddie Vedder introducing his song ‘Elderly woman behind the counter in a small town’. Not that I am comparing my greatness to Mr Vedder but I am curious as to why, in the last 3 days I have had 79 hits form Cyprus to my humble site.
Also had some from Canada and the States too.
So how is Italy? Something of a cluster fuck if I am honest. The Italian mentality is to flatly deny anything is wrong, and when it is wrong, if you delay long enough – maybe, just maybe the problem will go away on its own. Now, call me stupid but I have never had a problem go away on its own. To make matters worse, the boat is italian built so has a shit load of problems. On top of that, the guy I took over from really hasn’t done much at all, documented even less and I honestly think that he doesn’t intend to return either – he was very keen to leave me his gate pass when he left.
But lets not dwell on that – on Saturday I took Dion the first officer out for a cycle ride. It was one of those rides where your legs are cramping on the way back and every little hill feels like a mountain. 46 miles and over 8000 feet of climbing later, we got back to the boat. I say we, I mean I got back here first, had a shower and a coffee, got a little concerned that Dion wasn’t back and headed out to find him. Thankfully, all was well. Genoa to Portofino return in just over 4 hours and 17 minutes
So what next – now I have just 4 working weeks left until I break for christmas, Friday 20th December I will jump in my car and head back to Brussels, a short stop for xbox, belgian beer and a run in the woods before I hot foot it to Florida for some winter sunshine courtesy of Virgin Airlines and then head back to Belgium for a week more of xbox, beer and running.
What I am really holding out for – is the end of January when I get February and March off with pay………..and that saddens me. There used to be a time where I lived and breathed responsibility of keeping a boat alive but now I feel that is slipping and I may be turning into an also ran.
I don’t want to be an also ran