i just wanted to drop in real quick-like and say hello.
my name is kyle, and i live in sacramento, ca
ive been a looooooong time lurker at gCaptain and thought that before i just start jumping into threads with questions and opinions, i should at least introduce myself.
a breif about-me: im 25, and while ive never worked at sea, it was always the dream of mine to work in the deck department of a merchant vessel since i was 5 years old. just like a lot of you guys, the ocean liners of old lit the fire under my arse. my room was wallpapered with pictures of ships id drawn, cut out of magazines, cruise brochures, etc. i had hoped to attend CMA(since its right down the road), but my senior year of high school my band got signed to a major label, and the lure of music, touring and ladies got me sidetracked(can you blame me?:)). after that fell apart i met my wife, and now have my wonderful 3.5yr old daughter, so for now at least, any hope of going to sea is on hold for at least 14.5 years(barring any more happy “whoopsies” lol).
i still follow the maritime industry very closely via gCap and many other blogs/publications, and thanks to wonderful sites such as this, with all of your guys’ experience just laid out on the table for others to sift through, i consider myself fairly well-versed in this wonderful profession(well, as well-versed as a landlubber can be). im excited to be able to pick your brains and ask opinions, since for now, my ship fix comes from driving 15min to the Port of Sacramento and watching the Handysize breakbulk carriers load rice destined for far off Asian ports.
see you on the forum!