|Chief Mate, me, C.S. Global Link,|
Charleston, SC, circa 2001
As many of you already know, I spent a decade at sea as a merchant mariner. Not the normal course of study for someone who longed to be a veterinarian, but when you love science and animals the sea is not a far cry for a lover of living things.
In my whole ten years there were very few sightings of the albatross. But every sailor knows that the spotting of an albatross is the beacon of good fortune, and a reminder that no matter how far your chart says you are from land, you are never alone. Us 'old salts' also know that loneliness is a state of mind and not a geographical location.
I stumbled upon this blog on the NPR site (another great place for science lovers!), and I wanted to share it with you..Enjoy..
and should you ever see an albatross please send them a little well-wish, after all you might the last human they see for a long while.
|Diedra reports to KP (USMMA) July 1988 for plebe year.|
Me, the glamorous second classman,
with my brother and mom and the director of admissions.
|Circa C.S. Global Mariner, probably 1998|
Marta, Marty, Me
(three females on a ship, definitely dangerous,
probably regarded as "very bad luck" to the other 110 males onboard.
(the ship never sank, how bad could we be?).