Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thursday

Blah. So I had my eggo dinner. It was great. Parents haven't called.

I guess it's just a normal Thursday.

I have been looking up some cool phones that I want.
HTC Fuze
Nokia N82

Well what better way to spend my Thursday?

Monday, November 24, 2008



A House

I want to be a home owner!

All I want is:
1200 sqft
2 car garage (el camino + tools)
< $175,000

I'll put about $25,000 down.

I just need to buy my truck and pay off my school loans.

Oh and it has to have leet internet!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pictures of off shore goodness

I ended up taking some pictures with my phone while I was out and about the barge.

I this this was a sun set. Yeah... that's it.

Who's this good looking guy?

Another sun set....they all start to look the same

This is where we ended the pipe job at. Well, at that platform. That is two things you're looking at there. The bigger thing on the left if a jack up platform (I guess drilling a new well or something) the smaller half is the platform.

There are four of these davids along the side of the barge. They are used for picking up the pipe for a repair or things like that. I have yet to see them in use.

This is a 121 foot long stinger. This is the end that the pipe comes out of and enters the water. I got to look around that on my dive.

This is the R.O.V. It didn't really work out as well as they had hopped it would.

This is one of the many 30,000 pound anchors. There are 2 of them off at each corner of the barge.


This is something I don't under stand.

Why do I have to tip the pizza delivery person? Heck, they charged me extra to bring it here. The first girl couldn't even find the place.

It feels like I am making up for them not being paid as they should. It isn't my fault they are getting paid minumin wage. I was talking to a friend about this just today. They work for a pizza place in fact. Needless to say we didn't really agree on the topic at hand.

I still tipped the person. I know it doesn't cost $21 to make a large pizza. And about this large.....14 inches! geez. it looks like a medium.

And the person that cuts my hair. Why do they get tips? For doing a good job? How about fire them if they suck. It takes something like 15 minutes to cut my hair and it cost $15. I'm not even big on doing the dinky little small talk. Just cut my hair with out messing it up and I'll leave.

If I go eat at Ihop and it cost $20ish then the next week I eat at the MGM grand only this time it cost $60.
If I get the SAME service at both places, I think I should leave the SAME tip. All they did was refill a soda, water, beer a few times. No rocket science here.

Geez. So not fair.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I miss my cats!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

44 days later...

....I am back on dry land!

Well I got back earlier this week, just haven't stopped by here yet

Like I said above, I spent 44 days from when I left til I got back. That is 6 weeks and 2 days. A month and a half. I wouldn't say I worked every day, but I was on the clock none the less. I guess I didn't leave on the best of terms. I kind of burnt that bridge so to speak. In the same breath that the boss man said that I was the best out of us three new guys and have shown the most initiative, he would never work with me again.

Here's the story.

The first 4 and a halfish weeks there is wifi access on the barge. Great! Due to the all steel walls it only goes out about 10 feet from the room that has the wireless router. I had a nice little spot outside where I could log on and just relax for an hour or two after shift. Work wasn't hard, but it's all I had to do. Then one day they turned it off. So it goes off for a few days, but nothing is ever said as to WHY is went off. So I asked about it in the morning safety meeting. Turns out it is for business use only now. WTF Over!

That pissed me off. I wouldn't mind it if there was just no access to start with. God forbid that the Superintendent didn't get 20 phone calls from his wife a day and I'm sure none of these business people are checking person e-mails or anything like that. So why the fuck take it away? Why the fuck is your communication more important than mine? It's true, they did have a public computer, but a hamster in a wheel has more computing power than this computer did. Oh and tell me just how many pages you could load on a slower than dial up Internet connection in 15 minutes.

So after all that went down I put my name on the list to go home. Ha! my boss didn't take that very well. I couldn't believe it seems he was getting mad at me. So, I told him I'd think about it for a day and took my name off the list. Well, that night I ended up waiting an hour and half to check my e-mail. That wasn't going to fly. I told the boss that night I was going to put my name back up on the list.

Well I ended up leaving about 3 days before the job was finished. Could I have stayed out there, sure. I just didn't want to. So the company had to send a hot-shot to come and pick me up. I work for one of the, if not THE, biggest diving company in the world I don't think they are going to go broke over having to pick me up.

So yeah, that boss isn't going to ask for me on any of his jobs anymore.

In a way it works out. I'll be working barges or over seas jobs, nothing I really want to be working on right now. If I don't work on another pipe lay barge until I become a diver I wouldn't have any regrets.


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