My Wife Says I Will Take Any Job, As Long As It Doesn't Pay
Back to work in the Law, now, and all the charitiable
organizations that were getting my free labor are out of luck, because I no longer have the spare
time. For a while, I was acting as Hurricane Chairman for the Church, putting up shutters and
helping members secure their private property when heavy weather threatened. I was also a
communicator for the RED CROSS, which occasionally was a
conflict. I totally gave up on the Civil Air Patrol—It is a good concept, but entirely too
vulnerable to misuse by ambitious wannabees and syncophants. My only charitable vice now is
the Coast Guard Auxiliary, where I have qualified in about five specialties and am active in four
I really enjoy teaching boating safety classes, and have taught more than fifty of them in the last
year (2002). With no time for hobbies, though, I am having to cut back radically. Fortunately
my Flotilla is picking up the slack.
Going hand in hand with the safety classes, I am doing Vessel Safety Checks. Here in Florida,
the state regulations and the Federal regulations for required equipment are pretty much the
same. Those boaters who are concerned with safety and obeying the regulations are proud to
display the Auxiliary Shield. Of course, you can get one from the U.S. Power Squadron, too. In
my capacity as an Auxiliary Master Instructor, I helped plant that seed by training the local
Squadron Commander and two alternates. Now they train and qualify their own.
And of course, there are always "on the water" patrols. The Coast Guard has us doing all kind of
jobs, up to and including transportation for Law Enforcement Officers. Mostly though, it's just
another set of eyes out on the water, with a capability to help if it is necessary.