The Cantina is closed, a new sushi place is going in on 24th, and I've been looking for work. It has been a terrifically difficult time with the U.S. having more people on unemployment than ever before in history, and even that doesn't include failed business owners (like me) who are not eligible for unemployment.
Anyway, I have a new adventure starting next week, I leave for Mexico on Feb 12th as a chef (not THE chef, I'll be second in charge) on a National Geographic cruise ship watching whales in Baja California. It is a 2 month contract (includes several journeys, with different guests), doesn't pay very well but compared to losing money month after month over the past year and a half it will pay my mortgage, and if all goes well lead to a better position within the company. I haven't been "on the road" for more than 2 weeks at a time in years, and though I've slept on boats, I've never spent the night, and never been on a cruise ship. I hope that I was hired with a recognition for my skills and experience and an awareness that I'd need to learn some about cooking on a crusie ship before being given FULL responsibility to run the show.
My employer runs 14 vessels around the globeincluding trips down the Nile, the Galapagos and the Poles, below are some links to details about my next couple months. Please stay tuned here for photos and updates from my journeys
Among the Great Whales
Special photo expedition and comprehensive voyage to Baja
I'm both very excited about this, and more than a little apprehensive about being away from my family, internet access, cell phone reach etc.. for weeks at a time. My family shares lots of these feelings, though they cann't be quite as excited because they won't be able to go on the fun trips I'm lookng forward to. Everyone is happy to be having some money coming into the household.