Friday, October 31, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Now this is my type of commercial!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I love the sea and I love my job, but on mornings like this its hard to get out of bed knowing I'm leaving him behind and won't get to see him for several days. This morning I took his hand and told him to follow me and I led him to the shower and the nice warm water. We stood with him pressed up behind me and his arm rubbing my chest and we just stood under the warm water for the longest time, enjoying the warmth and each other.
After the shower I leaned him against the sink and gave him a shave. Then I took his after shave and put some on him and splashed some on me so I would smell like him for a bit after leaving him today.
We got dressed and he drove me to the docks where we sat awhile and talked and held hands. It all went by too fast and before I knew it he was driving away and I was walking to the ship. Now I'm sitting here on the ship waiting for the last of the crew to arrive before we sail. It's going to be another long week and I miss him already.
Everyone is busy talking, drinking coffee and having breakfast, but I am sitting alone in my bunk. I keep pulling my shirt collar up to smell his cologne. I close my eyes remembering this morning and it feels as though he is right here with me. I love you, see you soon and when I get home it will be my turn for the shave!
Two men walked up to me and asked me for a light. When I replied I didn't smoke, they started asking what I had in the bag. Told them none of their business and kept walking. They started circling around me as I walked and making threats about taking the bag and having a look themselves. I just kept walking being sure to keep me eye on both of them. I thought if I just keep walking, they'll get tired of following me. But one of them stood directly in my way and the other one blocked me on the side. At this point I decided it was time to be ready to defend myself, so I took a step back and sat the bag down between my legs. Now looking back I was surprised how calm I was. My heart was racing with adrenaline, but my mind stayed clear. I was actually thinking to myself that I hope the martial arts training was about to pay off or I was seriously going to demand my money back.
By this time they're dancing around me, shouting as loud as they can, and taunting me. I took my fighting stance and was deciding which one I was going to take out first when they suddenly backed off and started walking away swearing. I noticed they were looking over my shoulder. When I turned to see what they were looking at, I noticed two of the local homeless guys that I've befriended over the months, walking fast towards me. So my brief moment of thinking my manliness scared them off soon crashed and burned when I realized they left because they were out numbered.
I waited awhile to post this until I told Gareth because I knew he would overreact....and he did! I'll be more careful now and Gareth made me agree to get rides and not walk home alone for awhile. But I'm not going to let some punks ruin my love of the docks. Besides I found out this weekend that the guys I've slipped some money too, shared breakfast and some whiskey with, are willing to look out for me too. That's what friends do. Even though I never considered them my "friends" before, I guess looking at it now, we have crossed a line and we've formed a friendship. It pays to be kind to people, because you never know when someone will be there for you and repay you with kindness.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Everyone out there, enjoy your Saturday night. As always, have fun, but come home safe.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This is how I feel today. We went for a hike this morning and now I'm knackered. It was great being outside and enjoying the day. I hope everyone else is enjoying their weekend and I recommend spending it outdoors if you have the weather.
The policy is being introduced by Minister for the Environment John Gormley in order to reduce the greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change, but also as a way consumers can make significant savings on their energy costs.
According to Sustainable Energy Ireland, energy efficient light bulbs use 20% of the energy compared to traditional bulbs and last up to 10 times longer - making real savings for consumers, while lowering Ireland's carbon emissions.
Mr Gormley's bright idea is to phase out the sale of energy inefficient bulbs in a four-stage process; the first to go, from March, will be traditional bulbs with an electrical power consumption rating of 75 watts or more.
The plan is contained in a 14-page consultation paper which contains some highly technical detail over what bulbs will be discontinued, and when, up to the year 2012.
Minister Gormley maintains that the Irish light bulb industry, which had been hostile to his plans, is now onboard following lengthy negotiations.