Originally Posted by deckofficer
I didn't go to CMA till my mid 40's Mike.
Damn, nice that you had that opportunity. At age forty five I was just glad to stop working for awhile especially since I was on a midnight shift for 19 years.
I did get my merchant mariner credential and TWIC card. I put an application for work
with the U.S. Sealift Command but, I think they were just looking for younger guys who wanted full time career positions. I was more interested in temporary work
and would have been happy with a couple of months here and there on the water
. Also had plans to start a charter
business but, my freelance tech work never fully dried up like I thought it would. Though it does require going into buildings with artificial lighting
several weeks a year.
But, I've been able to pay the bills and still spend most of my time on board the boat
without any schedule or places to be. So I really can't complain with how things have turned out.