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Ottawa, Ontario

Just a little corner of the interwebz where I occasionally jot down a thought or two. Why do I do it? Partly to communicate in some way with you, the reader, and partly because it's some sad way of leaving a legacy of some kind I guess.



politically correct seasons greetings

Jonathan Tom

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. 

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2017, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Canada great while not to imply that Canada is necessarily greater than any other country.

Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

Atlantic Recap

Jonathan Tom

I think the last time I wrote we had only just set sail from Spain and we were about to begin the Atlantic crossing on the Koningsdam. The multiple sea days were actually fairly uneventful *knock on wood* and the guests seemed to enjoy themselves despite being stuck onboard. I fully understand that some people really enjoy the whole being "at sea" part but I feel like that's overrated; then again, it's probably just me.

The cruise after our arrival in Fort Lauderdale was a short one but a pretty busy one. Given that it was the ship's first call in the United States we had a sort of mini-inaugural cruise. Honestly, while it was busy, it was enjoyable to work something so high profile and with so many different VIPs to work with. 

As you may have guessed by the tone of the post, I'm currently at home where it has been snowing pretty much all day. I rather enjoy the snow and I'll take it any day... any day over the oppressive humidity. At the moment, I'm slated to go back to sea January 14th on the Eurodam (if anyone is headed that way leave me a message) but first I get to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family on land.

So while I'm sure I'll have another post before Christmas I felt like you deserved an update since it has been a while. 

inspiration or the lack of

Jonathan Tom

Recently I feel like there’s been an extensive list of topics that I could be writing about: politics, travel, photography, gaming, among them. I find myself wondering what I should write about - I suppose this is what professionals call writers block. When in doubt though, an update will fill the gap in interesting subjects so with that:

Where Having just set sail from Cartagena, Spain for Valencia, Spain we’re floating along somewhere in the mediterranean. The following day we’ll be in Barcelona with the Oosterdam for a few hours; it’s always nice to dock with the other ships in our fleet to meet up with friends.

When I have about a month left in this contract. Holy shit, only a month left in this contract?! When did that happen? I’ll head home on the 23rd of November and be home for the holidays which ought to be nice. I feel like it’s been a little while but more importantly I’ll get the chance to meet my niece; Meadow.

dates and rookie mistakes

Jonathan Tom

As with just about every other time I post something, I am keenly aware that it's been a while since having done so. There's always a reason for the absence and this time it's just generically going to be The Baltic  because that's where I've been and that's where I am. Popping in and out of ports between Reykjavik, Iceland to St. Petersburg, Russia is actually what bring me to the reason for my post here tonight.


You see, Russia is one of the countries in the world that requires a Seaman's Book to enter as a seafarer - these aren't necessarily difficult to come by if you work in the industry but unlike just about ever other certification, this one is not monitored by the company. Now, I'm not trying to place blame on the company, I should most certainly have been paying closer attention to the expiry date on this document. It's a tough thing to keep track of when you only use it three or four times per year and it's valid for a decade. 


So so here I sit, onboard typing out this post and listening to the droning of a BBC news anchor somewhere behind me and the occasional burst of hot liquid from the coffee machine around the corner as people refuel to keep them going to the end of their shifts.  

The moral of the story is to keep an eye on your certificate dates to avoid a rookie mistake.