Well, we certainly didn’t lack for excitement in the first installment of the season, and it seems like things are just heating up. But before I get into that, I really love this group of girls. It takes a certain spirit of adventure to just head out on vacation with a group you really don’t know and make it work. Kudos to this group, would love to have them back anytime.
I’m going to start with the interior crew. Kate and her girls really seem to get it. They are working as a cohesive unit, and it is so refreshing. I love the job Kate is doing with the people she has to work with. They seem to be up for the task with proper attitudes. Kate, that was great timing on the karma payment for Trevor. Well done. Emily is doing a very competent job so far, and I’m in love with her attitude. She just gets it. Sierra seems to be very willing, but some things have me a wee bit concerned. OK, the sugar packet in the coffee may not be a big deal, but that makes me think that maybe she’s not really a morning person. I’ve just never seen anyone serve sugar in coffee without removing it from the package first. I mean, she did oversleep, and I’m not sure if she thought that the coffee would get sweetened by osmosis, but let’s just say the jury is still out. I’ve not fully recovered from the fact that she was at the airport in plenty of time and missed the plane. I just hope that’s all that’s missing.
Ben, why all the fuss over toast? Oh, you burned the first batch. Calm down and play nice. I agree it would not hurt the stews to do the toast for you, but I thought your delivery of that message was the cause of the resistance. A simple, “Kate, would you get the toaster out and give me a hand, I seemed to have burnt the first batch and need some help here,” may have gotten better results. Oh, and great hug. That aside, the charter guests were blown away. I was especially impressed with the beach lunch. Well done. One of your strong suits is that you have such knowledge of your craft, you can create on your own, without the aid of recipes. You make your own, and I love that quality in a chef, it’s rare in all but the really good ones. You fall into the latter category.
Now let’s get real. It appears that there may be some early dissention forming in the deck department. If I hear “Hi, Trevor, senior deckhand” one more time I’m going to puke.
It is becoming increasingly clear that we have a “Senior Deckhand” that has an overinflated sense of self-worth. While I was glad to have Kelley come to me for advice, it isn’t exactly what I want from him at this stage. It should be abundantly clear to him that Trevor needs to be put in his place and put there hard. Trevor, do you mean that you are being undermined or that you are lacking in that department? Because from what I have seen so far, you have no filters, especially when you drink and your brain isn’t engaged before you start speaking. That’s not tolerable behavior in my opinion so far, whether you are sober or drunk. If you want to make a good impression, you are certainly going about it the wrong way. Sitting down in front of me while the rest of your crew is working is not making a great impression on me. Buying a truck? Seriously? You were begging for a Karma payment, and to have it delivered by Kate at that point in time was priceless. You deserved it. Not sure how Kelley is going to handle you, but I think so far he has given you the benefit of the doubt and your totally unwilling to meet him even part way, let alone half way. You are letting your mouth write a check that I seriously doubt your ass is capable of cashing. I don’t have a warm, fuzzy feeling about your future, but we will see how Kelley handles it.
Kelley, so far I think you are moving in the right direction. When out with the crew, you maintained control, didn’t go off the deep end at all. You handled yourself well. I thought that you dealt with Trevor and his antics well, considering the fact he was drunk. You dealt with it, didn’t bring it to me, and you handled it. Good job. There is no reasoning with a drunk and you realized it and took what I thought was the proper course of action.
The rest of the deck crew behaved as I had hoped. Nico, Lauren, I commend you for just walking away and not making a bad situation worse. As I stated before, this is not a sprint, this is a marathon, and we have a long way to go. I was hoping to not have such intense issues this early in the season, but it is what it is, and trust me, we will deal with it and make it work. Judging from the previews, we have some rough waters ahead to navigate. So until next time, may you have the wind at your back and calm waters beneath your keel. See everyone on the flip side.