Monday, December 8, 2008

A glimmer of hope.


I got an email from one of my agents in Ft. Lauderdale today about a stewardess position on a sailboat. I replied that I was interested and she called me back immediately. She asked where I was first question out of the gate. I said Dallas. She sighed and said, "you should be here." I told her I knew that. I also told her I had a flight out there on next thursday. She went ahead and told me about the job and how she thought I would be perfect for the position since I have sailing experience and went on to tell me the amazing itinerary and wouldn't you know it, it sounded really familiar... Remember the S/Y Avalon that wintered in St. Barts and summered in New England with a stop in NYC for a month??? Yeah. Same boat. I told her I had spoken with the capt. about 3 weeks ago and he sounded really interested but said the Chef was going to be in charge of hiring and I never heard back. She said the Chef was in town doing interviews for the position and she was disappointed that I wasn't in town. We chatted for a while about why I wasn't there and my fear of getting there and being unemployed and she just stopped me mid sentence and said "If you were here, you would already have a job. You have connections here and your experience and attitude are wonderful. The reason you have been hearing negative reports from Lauderdale is because it's all the newbies with no experience that are having trouble finding work. We are still desperate for people with experience." I told her I would be arriving next Thursday and she said she would call the chef from Avalon and let her know and see if that helped. She also said she wanted to meet with me at her office when I got there so she could get things rolling for me if the Avalon doesn't work out.

I head to Lauderdale next Thursday, 2 days before my 26th birthday. I am making a move. No more sitting around waiting for something to fall in my lap.

UPDATE: Changed my flight to this Saturday. Better get to packing.

20 comments:

  1. Hook up with mainsheetgirl, get drunk, play cooterball, go sailing, maybe not in that exact order.

    Say hi to Marina the Mermaid for me -- take your camera and give us a status report on the Wreck Bar.

    Good luck and have fun.

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  2. Who is mainsheetgirl?
    What is cooterball and do I even want to know?
    Who is Marina the Mermaid?
    Where is the Wreck Bar?

    In that order.

    :)

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  3. "Seattle" HeatherDecember 8, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Good luck girl! I wish you all the best! And keep us all updated! I'm pulling for you! If you get the job I'm going to have a margarita in YOUR honor! :)

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  4. Hope it all works out - sounds promising, take it from me - just jump - it´s always been worth it for me.

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  5. Giddyup! Wagons ho! Gybe ho! And all that stuff.

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  6. Thank you Seattle Heather! I will have one too! In your honor! haha!

    N.M.- Thats what I feel like too. Thank you for the positive support!

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  7. G & K- Thanks! Wagon Gybe Ho! It's a good thing. I feel good about it. Though the attitude around the house is decidedly negative. I think I need to leave to get out of their hair anyway. With Jeff back in the house there's not much room for me.

    Time for a change. I can't wait to see the ocean again.

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  8. Very promising indeed. Hallso, it's great that you've changed your flight date cos it shows that you are keen.

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  9. Thanks Tillerman!

    Maria, I am so keen. I'm like, the keenest!!! LOL

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  10. This Saturday? Jeez, just like the Johnsons, eat all the pies and leave without a word. We were planning a birthday party, but oh well so much for that.

    You do need to go, you'll feel better once you get back working, you're starting to bring the moral down around here. (tee hee) I was thinking of quitting my job and staying home. Don't worry about us, we'll eat without ya.

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  11. Yeah, funny. Sorry about the party, who did you invite? Jeff and Dad?

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  12. mainsheetgirl is a sailor in Ft. Lauderdale, hangs out on S/A, is an honorary Minista, lives in Ft. Lauderdale, is an ace at cooterball and an all-around bad influence.

    You can learn about Marina and the Wreck Bar here, here, and here.

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  13. What's S/A?

    And, may strike you as odd but,I'm not so much into looking at half naked chicks... I think I will skip the Wreck bar. But thanks for the info!

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  14. You think I'm kidding... we had invited the Bushes and they had already RSVPed. We ordered a keg and George was so excited to tie one on and not have to give a crap.

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  15. All the more reason to go if George W. is coming to your party...
    Better make sure Jeff didn't arrange this with your agent - you know he wants his room back.
    KIDDING! GO FOR IT! This is a good opportunity for you!!! Will keep my fingers crossed :)

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  16. Great plan!

    Gypsy Pirate Wenches should be in the Caribbean not Dallas which sorry to say just isn't the same (never been though was in Houston for conference)

    I'm sure you'll get something when you out there. And we'll all enjoy hearing your adventures sailing between the islands in the sun.

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  17. Haha Meerkat!Jeff did ask me when I was leaving.....

    JP, I agree, hearing about the beach and boats is more exciting than hearing about what i ate today or how bummed i am about not having a job. at least i will be in the right place.

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  18. A post from nearly inside a tornado was pretty exciting too!

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