Join Date: Oct 2009
Bikes: -1973 Motobecane Mirage -197? Velosolex L'Etoile -'71 Raleigh Super Course
Why the hell would I want to buy one? No Motor, did you even look at my sig?
You all can see I'm kind of a misanthrope anyway. And I worked as a tugboat deckhand for years and years, working 12 hours a day for 28 on and 28 off. So I know my way around a Diesel engine and am very familiar with the concept of inertia. And I'm a hell of a good driver.
But at 44 years old, I just can't sling the rigging the way I used to on deck, and the back injuries I've sustained over the years make me less-than-desireable to hire these days. Crying shame, too, because with about 200 more working days, I'll have enough accumulated sea-time to sit for my 600-ton master's papers, and a whole lot more endorsements (I already am a tankerman, a lifeboatman, an able-bodied seaman, HAZMAT cert, and some time in working sail). It'd be nice but let me tell you about Mother Mother Ocean: That hag tried to kill me! So I am taking my oar inland and when I get to where the first person asks me what I'm carrying, I'm going to call that Fiddler's Green and plant some roots. Just not too deep. I like to travel.
I just literally do not know a damn thing about the industry. What to avoid, what to notice as a good thing, what kind of training I'll need-- all of that. I've got an appointment tomorrow for a brief sit-down with the CEO of a transfer corp in the town I grew up in (I went to school with one of her kids) and hopefully she'll clue me in on some of this. I just don't want to be a total ****** when I walk through the door.
I am used to stupid. I worked with Kentuckians for just years on end.