I feel bad for not posting, but really, there isn't anything going on!
This morning, Juneau woke up to a smoke haze coming into the channel. As the day progressed, visibility went down to about 5 miles, and they expect it to stay through Wednesday. Somewhere in B.C. and the Yukon, there are forest fires that were supposedly sparked by lightning strikes. The typical wind current for our part of the Southeast comes NE to SW, so we are in the direct line.
Smelly, hot, and it hurts my throat. Brings me back to burn days at the farm, where we'd cut down dead trees and clear the property, burning it all over a weekend. Split that wood! Stack it high! *cough* *cough*
Today we had a MOOSE meeting (My Ownership Of Safety Excellence, or something like that). Basically recognition for a job well done. If a driver gets kudos from passengers and writes up a comment card on the boat, those make their way back to the office. Other drivers can write up co-workers too, if ever they see something that is (fake word here) write-up-able. It ends up being really fun to cheer on all the people that get announced. Usually there is a good 40 or 50 people that end up with write ups over the month.
At the meeting today, I was given the employee of the month award, having nine passengers in July that took the time to write up my tour. Part of me feels like really uncomfortable with it, and part of me is really happy I have some validation of being good at my job. It would have been great to get the letters, and skip the EOTM thing. If I get a huge sticker on my car that says "DORK" I wouldn't be surprised. I'm just trying to fly under the radar, do my job, and go home.