view from the food court
So I've almost been here a week, crazy! I'm going to try to keep this short because my computer is getting pretty warm and I'm ready for bed, but I realize that I haven't written in a couple days. Sunday was pretty relaxing... walked around a bit in the morning and had lunch with Winston and Boomer at a pretty crazy mall food court. We met up with Travis later at his apartment and sat with him and his 2 year old Hannah while they swam in the pool. Hannah is one pretty cool little kid and I'm superimpressed that she can sing almost every girl-related Disney song, all the words and in tune. I can't do that, but I try. All 9 of us (including Jay who arrived that night, Trav's wife Laura, and Hannah) went and had dinner at a local Thai place and 2 elephants walked by while we were eating.
pretty park in the middle of the city
Monday was our first day of work but it ended up being more of an orientation because what we thought we were starting on wasn't quite ready yet. So we toured the yard and the boat, met a bunch of people, spent a while looking at plans, etc. It was really good to check things out and of course, see the boat. It looks great! I didn't have my camera with me when we were going through it so I don't have any interior shots (I may have some of John's though, we'll see), but I tried to get a bunch of the outside. There were at least 20 Thai workers on it doing all sorts of things. Today we spent the morning on the bow sanding. It was fairly tedious, none of us really knew when to stop sanding, but we sanded and sanded until the Thai workers told us it was lunch time.
first view of the boat in the yard, she's the one in the back with the blue tarp
We were all absolutely covered in a fine layer of cement dust and all our clothes turned white, so when it was lunch time the female Thai workers motioned to me and pointed at my clothes and had me walk over to another building with them. They proceeded to spray all the dust off me with a big high powered air hose thing. It was pretty funny. Lunch was really fun. The guys got big plates of fried rice and meat type things. I got a bowl of white rice and a fried egg and it was really yummy. I dump a bunch of chile pepper oil on the rice to spice it up and it's so good! This afternoon we were off the boat and in one of the shops in the main building. Winston, Kevin, Boomer, and I drilled and tapped metal pieces that will be attached to the inside of the mast to lead electrical wires. Jay and Eliot polished stainless steel spreader parts, not a small or easy process. It felt good to be doing something visibly productive and I learned a lot. I'll write more about the boat later, but it's time for bed! At least, time to read in bed. We're trying to get to the yard for 8am tomorrow, which means leaving before 7.