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Captain Lee: Don Brought This on Himself

Captain Lee shares his thoughts on Don Abenante's departure, and Chef Leon's attitude. 

By Lee Rosbach
Don Abenante Quits!?

Arrrgh mates, them’s that die be the lucky ones this week I fear. Wow, what in the world is going on here? I am, to say the least, confused, but I should be dazed as well, because I think the two just go together, you know, the old dazed and confused thing.

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Rocky, really? Calling your parents and crying to them about your boss? Is this the first boss you have had that actually wanted you to work? You need to suck it up and put your big girl pants on. This is the real world that the rest of us live in, and it’s only going to be as good as you yourself make it. Laundry is not rocket science, and you have worked on five or six yachts by your own admission, yet you’re having difficulties with this? Sorry that you have a job that gets in the way of you having a good time, but that’s the real world, kiddo, get used to it. Was glad to give you a break so maybe you could get your attitude adjusted. Oh, just a thought, do you really think that you are doing Emile a favor by gracing him with your presence, seriously? Between you, Leon, and Don, I’m not sure I have a boat that can accommodate egos of this magnitude.

Amy, I do appreciate the way you are trying to help Rocky out, but I’m not entirely sure that sympathy is what she needs. A can of “toughen up” may be more appropriate for her right now. You are always looking for the good side in people, and it’s one of the many things I love about you. Great job with Dean and his guests again, as usual, you are our rock. Glad to have your positive attitude and work ethic on board, it’s a breath of fresh air.

Extended Scene: Amy's Caught in the Middle

Emile, good job resisting the temptation. I’m proud of you. I also thought that the interaction you had with Connie about her brother and her Dad showed a lot of compassion on your part. Well done. I also appreciate the way you follow orders from your first officer without questioning his authority. That’s how it should be, and you are a fine example of that. Keep up the good work. You get an atta boy this week, well done, sir.

Kate, what can I say? I know that you are having issues on two fronts, and I appreciate the effort you are making on both of them. I’m not all together sure that it’s going to work out though. But please keep trying and doing your best. I am keeping high hopes. Nice job so far with Mr. Slover, in spite of some of the roadblocks that are coming at you from the galley. I know how Dean is with meals being prompt, and I know you aren’t getting the cooperation out of the galley like you should, but nice job handling it anyhow. Both you and Amy are dealing with it like pros. Thank you both.

Kate's Got a New Blanket Fold Technique...

Leon, your food is outstanding, and your creativity so far has been impeccable as well as your presentation. But what is it with the attitude? Do you just not like anyone? I have not heard a kind word or seen a smile out of you at all. You will learn that it takes more than great food and presentation to be a good yacht chef. What would it have cost you to give them the ingredients to your “house dressing”? Oh, I see, you’re already making millions off it, that’s why you’re still here working. I get it. Kate tried to bail you out by telling them something so you didn’t appear rude, and you were not even aware of it. And when Kate asked you about the conch (pronounced conk, by the way) did you really need to be abrasive and say, “It’s not your business.” Anything that has to do with the guests is her business, as you so rudely put it. Do you think that’s the way to win friends and influence people? The chief stew on any yacht can be your biggest asset, and all I see is you trying your best to alienate her. That may come back and bite you in the ass, and if it does, don’t come crying to me. In spite of what you may think, the chef needs the chief stew as much as the chief stew needs the chef, and working together means just that, together. You two need to find a way.

By the way, do you really think that is was good to not have a back up plan in case they didn’t get any conch or lobster? I don’t know, but I’m just guessing that they were going to want lunch whether they caught anything or not, but that’s just me. Then, knowing Dean’s way about wanting lunch promptly, you serve a late lunch. It was only the quality of your cooking that got you out of that one sir. My guess is this may get worse before it gets better.


Connie, I think that the way you handled this week was admirable. Nobody knows what someone else is going through unless they are walking in their shoes. Way to suck it up and deal with a really bad situation. I am also very pleased with your work ethic. You get along with everyone, and I do appreciate your sense of humor as well. Way to bring home lunch, Dean and his guests were impressed. You are fitting in nicely and its great to have you on board, keep it up.

Eddie, it’s been a trying first half of this charter for you and I applaud your effort given what you have had to deal with. It’s not always easy, is it? You have had your hands full with Don and his ego and attitude. I feel that I can’t let you down by not dealing with him myself, so that’s what I have done. And lo and behold, he took care of it himself. But now we are one short, however morale should improve and I know you have what it takes to get it done. You are living up to my expectations and I do appreciate it. Good job with Connie and showing her how things are done properly. Well done.

OK, Don. What are you thinking? I’m not sure how we have survived this long in this business without you to look out for us and let me know that my “15-20 minutes on deck” is not enough to know what’s going on with my own boat. You really should have taken Kate’s advice and not acted like you were helping us all out by being here, and just done the job you were hired for. You are not doing us a favor by gracing us with your presence. I think it would have been nice to catch you working instead of you telling everyone that their way of doing everything was the wrong way and undermining the first officer. And the break you took. It wasn’t the fact that you took a break, but the fact that you didn’t ask anyone if it was OK. What if everyone decided that they would all do that, who would be left working? In my opinion, you let your mouth write a check that your ass couldn’t cash. It’s like Burger King -- you can have it your way. You want off, you got it. It takes a real pro to walk off mid charter, because you don’t get things your way. Take your toys and go home. And did I really here you call yourself humble? I think not. No, I’m not sorry that things worked out this way; you brought it on yourself and got exactly what you asked for. I hope you learned something from it all, and I wish you all the best in the future. Good luck to you, sir.

Don Gets Busted by Captain Lee

Well guys, that wraps it up for this week. It has been an unusual week to say the least, but I still have faith and the adventures will only get better. So until next week, fair winds and following seas.

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