Friday, February 3, 2012

Where are the sails ??

Well there is the possibility I'll end up on the water relatively soon.  However the boat I end up on may not have any sails on it.   I had an interview with Princess Cruises today, and it went pretty well.  Next up, a technical interview.   The job is for a Computer Officer.  Holy crap - me an officer?  Somebody is making a big mistake! So the quick overview, this will be 6 months of 7 days a week work supporting the computer systems onboard one of these floating hotels.  The perks as far as I can tell are traveling the world (albeit with just brief opportunities to visit ports of call), no need to pay for any housing or food for those 6 months, my own cabin, the ability to eat the same food the passengers eat (not the crew food).  After the 6 months I get 2 months of free time (time to sail!!).  Plus maybe I get the opportunity to scout out some future sailing locations.

Now, I have to figure out if I can get everything wrapped up and taken care of in a month or so, so that I can realistically do this.   I wonder how my kids will take the news.  Now my son is already in college, and my daughter will be going this fall.  So they are about to embark on their own journey in life.  But will dad being out of touch for 6 months at a time be rough on them (and by out of touch I mean not being able to see them in person).  Of course I will also have 2 months at a time to really annoy them if I so choose :)  Decisions, decisions.

It's funny; when you start thinking about changing your life dramatically it all sounds so awesome and exciting. When the opportunity presents itself, then some worry and doubt starts to creep in a little bit.  On the one hand I think I should just stick it out here for a bit longer.  But then on the other I think life is way to short, and we should all take a jump into the unknown from time to time.  Just to make sure we're really living!

It all could not matter as I still have a technical interview, and background check, and physical (have to make sure I can handle emergency situations).  But if it all goes well - big decision time!

Stay tuned !


  1. I hope you get the job! Not having to pay for housing will enable you to rack up some big savings. Like being in the Navy only with way better food and beer.

    Dump the house, get an apartment for daughter until she goes away for school and prepare to get some bucks saved for what you really want to do.

    Next stage approaching: A New Life.

  2. Barco - Thanks! Maybe during my 2 months off I'll visit your area :)

    Well the good thing about my daughter would be she can just stay with my ex fulltime (we split time now). So that's not such a big deal. And I'm sure letting her use my car while i'm onboard would be a nice way to ease the transition !

    The technical interview went pretty well. I should find out in a week or so. We'll see what happens!

  3. That's awesome mate, I hope things work out for you. Not paying for living expenses will add up to some real nice savings in the long run... you can buy my boat sooner!

  4. How's about a little update?

    Bueller... Bueller...

  5. Yeh and I guess every room has an 18 year old nympho with curly hair! How lucky are you!