Provocateur & Raconteur
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- I grew up along the St. Lawrence River in eastern Ontario Canada. Messing around on boats on the river was popular time waster with us kids. My first boat was built with my buddy out of a few sheets of 1/4" ply, tape & glue. It lasted a summer but was a blast.
From an early age I knew I wanted to be in the Coast Guard. As a pre-schooler I'd spend hours on my Aunt's porch watching the comings & goings of the crews & ships at the local Coast Guard base dreaming of being the Captain of one of the Red & White Ships.
Also being a gear head I sent the better part of my teens with my head stuck under the hood of cars. After a couple of summer jobs as a deckhand on the CG ships I tried my hand at marine engineering in college. Unfortunately Calculus got the better of me and I eventually ended back on the ships in the galley scrubbing pots. Over the course of the next 4 years aboard the CCGS Griffon I worked my way up from pot scrubber to storekeeper/clerk to purser. A four month stint on Canada's largest Icebreaker, Louis S. St. Laurent I was certified as a Logistics Officer (hauled up through the hawse pipe) and got posted to Thunder Bay Ontario aboard the CCGS Samuel Risley where I plied my trade for 6 years before being posted to the CCG College in Sydney Nova Scotia. That only lasted a year before I transferred back to Ottawa as Senior Project Officer Logistics.
I started porting NATO cataloguing data to networked servers in 1992 and started the first CCG web site that year. That gig ended up being a 15 yr assignment. I'm now the only Cognos BI expert in our technical services branch in HQ. I'll have 30 yrs service in November 2010. Five yrs to go to retirement and cruising away on our lil' 31' trawler. Standby....
Boater (power) and boatbuilder (wannabe)
- Yours Aye! Rick
"It's not the "boat you built" till you've sworn at it, bled on it, sweated over it and cried beside it!" I just made that up.
- Yours Aye! Rick