Friday, October 31, 2008


And I can't even write about it. I'm having a hard time finding a place to live in Utah. It's not falling together like I think it should. It doesn't feel right. I'm already having withdrawls, I miss the water, and I don't want to be cold. I guess I am writing about it.

I had a moment of weakness and got a little down about my rotten luck with the yacht in Seattle. I thought it meant I needed to try something different. Maybe it just meant I needed to try again.

Here's the story...

Mom and Dad will be relieved to hear this news. I have been feeling this for a few days now and tonight it all came to climax while I was chatting online with an old friend from Key West.

Courtney and I have been friends since 2003 when I moved to Key West. You see, she is a badass. When I was a lowly dock girl selling day trips on the Schooner Liberty, before anyone even let me attempt to train on board, Courtney was the Firs Mate on a Parasail Boat at the same marina. She's just a badass. Anyway, we lost touch like people do and due to the majic of Facebook and Myspace we have reconnected and have been chatting frequently this year. When I told Courtney about my bad luck and getting laid off from the Seattle yacht she got all excited and decided it was a sign that I should come to Ft. Lauderdale and stay with her for a while, after all, it is the Mega Yacht Capital of the world. Now, any normal, "sign seeing" person would have seen that as a good idea, but I decided to wait it out. I was a little depressed I have to admit.

I had totally forgotten about that fleeting conversation when tonight Courtney instant messaged me and we started to chat. She was telling me all about Ft. Lauderdale and how great it was and she mentioned again that I should come stay with her at her new apartment. I told her I couldn't afford rent at a condo in Lauderdale at the moment and she just laughed and said " I didn't ask you to pay rent, I told you to come stay with me for a while and look for a job here, if you find one and leave thats cool and if I decided to stay then we could wait till the next month before we worry about rent." Can we say "HERE'S YOUR SIGN" ?
Then she continued to berate me about how I was a boat chick and to just get over it because I was going to regret being cold constantly... She's right.

P.S. The rent in Lauderdale is the same as what I would be paying in Utah. Ahem....

Let the comments begin....

Yes I know... I am a flake. I feel like a big flake. I don't know what to do.
I do know that being in Lauderdale is what's best for my career.

p.s. again I put out an email to my agent in lauderdale to ask her what she thought about me moving there, if she thinks it would help me get a job and if she knew of any shore based or freelance positions... we shall see.

Another perk... Courtney is a personal trainer... yep... she would kick my ass into shape...


  1. You're not a flake.
    You are doing what you want to do. The snow jobs don't pay well, you'll be working more than skiing and well, you're a pirate, not a snowball.
    I think you should go to Fla. cos there must be a heap of jobs going in that neck of the woods and you have the chance to scout around a bit.
    Do it. Do it.

  2. I vote for Fort Liquordale, I mean Lauderdale. You won't be cold, there are a zillion and a half big boats, all kinds of boat crews walking around. Heck, when we were having trouble getting "Meerkat" onto the freighter and the boat sat there (the smallest boat in Lauderdale) for 3 months, we almost moved there! If I was your age, I would do it in a heartbeat. Being cold isn't all it's cracked up to be.

  3. Thanks for the comments guys, I am totally there already... I emailed my agent and asked her what she thought and I will wait to see what she says before I go...

    Courtney is so sweet for offering so much, I feel bad about it but you know I could clean... and cook... in exchange for a place to sleep while I look.... :) I feel like I need to give something!!! There really are good people out there.

    but we already knew that...

  4. I say get your butt to the sunshine girl! And start walkin the docks your bound to find a job if you're actually there!

  5. I know. I have no doubt I will find something quick if I am there. If not I have a place to stay and I can always bartend till I find something. Courtney has some good connections there too. :)

  6. Dad and I have your bags emptied of the snow gear and your sarongs and flip flops are waiting... I can give Courtney references on your cooking, cleaning and organizing talents. Go my little fledgling... fly to the beach again! I'll be planning my trip for Spring Break! I don't know if Courtney can whip you into shape... you are more likely to be a bad influence on her.

  7. HA! ME??!?!?!? BAD influence????? Pshhhhh! She's a tough chick, and one of the only girls I know that I KNOW can kick my ass. So, yeah, I think living with her will be a good thing. I just hope there is an IKEA near by... It's been a LONG time since I needed furniture...