May 24, 2015

Throw Back Thursday – When Greg Worked As A Deckhand

foot ferry, kitsap sun,

foot ferry, kitsap sun,

I [Greg Wilkerson] worked on this vessel as a deckhand in ’88/’89 when it was the passenger ferry that did the early runs to PSNS from the downtown Port Orchard, WA dock. Occasionally, I would work on the Retsil and Thurow as well. I also got to work on the Spirit of ’76 and every once in a while the Eagle. Each one was so different and special in their own ways. And each Captain I worked with while I was there was as unique as their favored vessel.

I learned a lot in those brief years working rain or rain (joking). Scraping rust, sanding, painting and washing just to do it all over again. In hindsight it seems so strange that there I was, as a 14-16 year old, riding my bike down to the dock and checking all the fluids (oil, coolant, fuel) and starting up the engines so they could warm up for the 1st run of the day and being responsible for the safety of the passengers while we were underway; and the counting and tallying of the fares, then going to school and then after school going back down and doing it again for the return passengers from the shipyard. I was very fortunate to have this opportunity and often look back on the experience and smile.

Our son Greg wrote this last November 2014 after I sent him an article about the Carlisle II that was in the Kitsap Sun (our local paper). He is now in his 40’s and has a son that is 15, the same age he was when he began working as a deckhand. That was his first real job and he matured (seemingly) overnight. A tall, thin young boy that he was when be began the job, he left it when we moved to Florida because Jim’s job took us there.

Greg the surfer 1991 FL

Greg in Florida 1991

He was exposed to the co-workers of his dad where Jim worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and saw them go into work each day ready to put in another shift, and took their fares as they went home tired each night. Most likely, in Greg’s eyes, he was “one of them”. Greg met friendly people, enthusiastic tourists, and became the personable guy he is today.

View of the U.S. Navy Puget Sound Naval Shipya...

View of the U.S. Navy Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washionton (USA), in 1913 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ships at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, ...

English: Ships at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, seen from Port Orchard across the harbor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: BREMERTON, Wash. (April 5, 2010) Work...

English: BREMERTON, Wash. (April 5, 2010) Workers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility hold their TIP passes as they wait for transportation. The shipyard and maintenance facility Transportation Incentive Program, or TIP, has been recognized by the Washington State Department of Transportation for their commuter program, which along with the worker/driver program is a well-established alternative to driving to work every day. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

IS THERE A DISORDER IN MY MITOCHONDRIAL DNA THAT CAUSED MY FIBROMYALGIA?

It was important to me to have my DNA tested now so it was “banked” and might be a source of future studies for my health. Today, I read an article that poses the question, “Is Fibromyalgia A Mitochondrial Disorder?“. I maintain that I have had fibromyalgia all of my life. I may not have always known it, but I felt the effects when I was very young and they have never ever gone away.

While I understand  :-( the reasoning behind the FDA limiting the health results of those of us who have taken the 23andMe DNA tests (my brother has also taken the tests to fully round out our DNA profiles) but it infuriates me a bit that I may have a medical breakthrough in my reach, but not in my grasp. I won’t go into the money and lawsuits part of it all, but suffice it to say that’s probably what drives the reasoning behind it.

I invite any of my genealogy/DNA savvy friends to weigh in and leave their thoughts.

My 23andMe Results Are In! I\’m Pleasantly Surprised!

 

8 iPhone Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

How many times have you said, “I wish there was an app for that”? Here are 8 of the most useful ones on my iPhone. Please leave your suggestions to add to this list.

Roboform

I don’t think I could function properly if I didn’t have Roboform as my app for remembering logins. I know there are others, but to me, Roboform is still #1. While it’s great at remembering logins, it’s also extremely handy for filling in forms, and making purchases online with your stored banking details. Yes, you can password protect Roboform app.

Pinterest

I actually have *two Pinterest accounts, one for personal fun things, and the other as a business account to share blog posts and sites I like for business like WordPress, Cafepress, Amazon, etc.

*Find me on Pinterest iPentimento Emporium (business) and Carol Wilkerson

WordBrain

After a few hours of composing and researching, I need a break now and then. So, I open the WordBrain app and have a little word fun. It’s not as easy as you assume!

StoryCorps

Truthfully, you never know when someone is going to bust out with a story about themselves or their friends. Created by David Isay, this app allows us all to tell the human story. It can be planned, or impromptu but always a great way to preserve memories for posterity.

Marksta

I use this app to add a watermark to my photos on my iPhone to point friends and clients to my blog, or just to say “it’s mine”. Marksta allows you to watermark your photography, adding text or a logo directly from your iPhone or iPad.”

PastMapWA

This one is location specific, but if you live in Washington State, this app is your ticket to historical adventure in the Evergreen state.

Gas Buddy

Trying to save some dollars while on the road? Try using GasBuddy to see the most recent gas prices in the next town. Or, your town.

Find Me Rest Stops ($.99)

This one is crucial for any traveler on the road. This app tracks your location and gives you several results for available rest areas. Make sure you check out some of the other apps they’ve created too.

 

 

Give The Gift Of Audible Books

As time goes by, it’s getting harder and harder for me to sit and hold a book of any size because the arthritis in my hands makes it very difficult to do so. I have some audio books in my library already, but I’m seriously considering adding more to my collection via Audible. One of my most prized collections is the Tuesday Club Murders by Agatha Christie and read by Joan Hickson.

Now, all that said, I know people who have weekly very long commutes who take advantage of that time to listen to their favorite books, or even add to their education with audio books in their field of interest. Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks With over 180,00 audio books to choose from in a wide variety of genres, it’s a one-size-fits-all gift giving opportunity. And, yes, for the genealogist in the family there are audio books on that topic as well.