Ahoy Below Deck peeps!
We have new guests this week and as usual they are great, but it appears there are some issues boiling just beneath the surface that are going to make this charter very interesting to say the least. At least from a crew standpoint.
Let's get the Andrew thing out of the way first. He seems to be the gift that just keeps giving. I don't have any idea where this is going but when he explained that he embellished his resume, short for lying, it explained a lot. I still like the kid, but I have a duty to the crew and he is a part of that. At least for now. I admired his willingness to stick his neck out to get what he wanted and where he wanted to go. His methods left much to be desired but it still takes big ones to try and pull that off. Shades of Catch Me If You Can. Also took a lot of balls to admit it and admit it to his crew members. Couldn't have been easy. So that tells me something is in there worth saving. Not sure I can do it, but we will find out.
I am also not sure why every other crew member is so obsessed with what is going to happen with Andrew. It's not their call and doesn't affect any one but the exterior crew as long as we keep him in check. They should spend their time just doing their own job and not worrying about anything else. Obviously this is going to be easier said than done.
Andrew is not a quitter. The crew is justifiably not cutting him any slack, so he could have just walked off and been done with it, but he didn't. Despite the embarrassment of it all, he is sticking with it and that is to his credit.
Let's move on to Kate, why the negative attitude? These people are paying guests, you have a job description that does not include "be condescending" in its description. You are there to serve, if you have issues with being a genuine people person, you really should find another line of work. What is wrong with smiling? It doesn't take that much effort. If smiling and thinking about your other responsibilities is too much for you, you may want to think about a career change. People come on board to be pampered. Am I missing something here? Because it just doesn't seem to be Kate.
Maybe her attitude is contagious, because I seem to sense a bit of the whole crew being annoyed at having to do their jobs and developing a negative attitude that I'm not entirely sure I like. In fact, I know I don't like it. I admire the fact that you can improvise, and you are good at it, but enjoy your job, maybe the rest of the crew will stop complaining as well. Of course they want attention from you, that's why you are here. It's their world, you just get to hang out in it. You get to pay attention to the paying guests.
These people have paid a lot of money to have us show them a good, no, a great time. That is what we do, it's our job. If you really don't like it, leave. Life is too short to be doing something you really don't enjoy. Me? I love my damn job. I'm concerned that the attitude is not what it should be, and I will be taking steps to correct it. Kat seems to be drinking the Kool-Aid that Kate has mixed up. We will see if the tips reflect it. Amy so far, has been steady and we will see if she continues to hold her own. I have high hopes for her.
Eddie has his hands full and it shows no sign of letting up. Kelley is not helping him at all. Where does he get off confronting Eddie about Andrew and crew morale? That's not his job or his responsibility. His job is second engineer/deckhand. Talk about an overinflated sense of self worth! Had I know about his ultimatum to Eddie, I would have had Kelley packing his bag. On this yacht the tail does not wag the dog. Eddie should have called him on it. Kelley seems to think he has his finger on the pulse of the boat, and what it takes to run it, more than I do. Really? Seriously?
As far as him falling off a swing, I thought he was tougher than that. I mean, he fell off a swing! I grew up falling off swings, out of trees, maybe that's what's wrong with me. I would think that he had suffered worse things in basic training. Eddie has his hands full and instead of Kelley trying to make it easier on him, he is issuing ultimatums. I had really high hopes for Kelley, but now I just don't know. I'm seeing a side I'm not really pleased with.
One other thing, Kelley. Act like you have seen a girl in shorts before. Your comments were every bit as sexist as Andrew's comments. You can't have it both ways.
Jennice is still continuing to impress, and I hope the negative attitude that seems to be permeating the boat doesn't affect her. I think she is star in the making, if she can stay focused. That is what is needed here by all crew, is to stay focused on your job, no one else's. Do your job and I will take care of the rest. That's my job.
All right then, I think I have about covered it. I'm probably not going to make a lot of friends with this blog, but they wanted my thoughts and this is how I see it. Which is how I call it.
Until next time, fair winds and calm seas to you all.