I am originally from Florida. I served in the US Navy from 1997-2007. I am currently pursuing a degree in English at the University of Central Florida. For the past four years I have worked as a butcher in a supermarket. I work there part time while I am in school; I am continually shocked at how good non-military types have it and don’t know it. These people get to go home every night. They don’t even think that’s cool. They say in the Navy—every time you get screwed over (Christmas is canceled, or you miss the birth of your child)—that hardship builds character. I’m here to tell you, shipmates, those salty dogs tell no lies. The Navy taught me a lot about life and living at sea has shaped my perspective in more ways than one. Life goes on.

While I enjoy writing, I am also a credentialed merchant mariner recently hired for work back at sea. I don’t like leaving home; the Navy brochure doesn’t mention the one important detail: that maritime will be your skill set bread and butter for the rest of your life.

And I am ok with that. Working at sea is a privilege, and the life for me. However, if I’m not writing about it, I may as well just throw myself into Davey Jones’ Locker. Who wants to live forever? Me, that’s who. I am what I am.

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