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Ottawa, Ontario
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Just a little corner of the interwebz where I occasionally jot down a thought or two. Why do I do it? Partly to communicate in some way with you, the reader, and partly because it's some sad way of leaving a legacy of some kind I guess.

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Ramblings

inspiration or the lack of

Jonathan Tom

Recently I feel like there’s been an extensive list of topics that I could be writing about: politics, travel, photography, gaming, among them. I find myself wondering what I should write about - I suppose this is what professionals call writers block. When in doubt though, an update will fill the gap in interesting subjects so with that:

Where Having just set sail from Cartagena, Spain for Valencia, Spain we’re floating along somewhere in the mediterranean. The following day we’ll be in Barcelona with the Oosterdam for a few hours; it’s always nice to dock with the other ships in our fleet to meet up with friends.

When I have about a month left in this contract. Holy shit, only a month left in this contract?! When did that happen? I’ll head home on the 23rd of November and be home for the holidays which ought to be nice. I feel like it’s been a little while but more importantly I’ll get the chance to meet my niece; Meadow.

dates and rookie mistakes

Jonathan Tom

As with just about every other time I post something, I am keenly aware that it's been a while since having done so. There's always a reason for the absence and this time it's just generically going to be The Baltic  because that's where I've been and that's where I am. Popping in and out of ports between Reykjavik, Iceland to St. Petersburg, Russia is actually what bring me to the reason for my post here tonight.

 

You see, Russia is one of the countries in the world that requires a Seaman's Book to enter as a seafarer - these aren't necessarily difficult to come by if you work in the industry but unlike just about ever other certification, this one is not monitored by the company. Now, I'm not trying to place blame on the company, I should most certainly have been paying closer attention to the expiry date on this document. It's a tough thing to keep track of when you only use it three or four times per year and it's valid for a decade. 

 

So so here I sit, onboard typing out this post and listening to the droning of a BBC news anchor somewhere behind me and the occasional burst of hot liquid from the coffee machine around the corner as people refuel to keep them going to the end of their shifts.  

The moral of the story is to keep an eye on your certificate dates to avoid a rookie mistake.  

the great white way

Jonathan Tom

When I was younger, having just gotten into theatre and still a long way from deciding that live events were going to be a career for me, I was very interested in New York City but it wasn’t until my last year of High School that I was able to actually get there and see it for myself. I remember seeing Les Misérables and it was amazing; it is still, to this day, one of my favourite musicals.

By this time I’d decided that theatre would be something I would pursue and I enrolled in the Professional Theatre - Production program at John Abbott College. I still remember the first few days of classes where the professors told the classes that this was commonly thought of as the easy program to be a part of and they were clear that this was not the case. Sure enough, we were twenty-one people in the first class and we graduated three technicians.

I remember having to do a study and breakdown of a production of my choosing. I chose, what was then one of the bigger musicals on Broadway, RENT). It was, in my eyes, revolutionary for the time - it’s one of those shows that comes along now and then that represents and connects with a generation. All of this long winded lead up is because I think that the production the recently swept the Tony Awards is, quite possibly the musical of this generation. If you watched the awards this year you’ll know that we’re talking about Hamilton - the show about the revolution and the characters :

And the story would not be complete without the Schuyler Sisters: Angelica (Renée Elise Goldsberry), Eliza (Phillipa Soo), and Peggy (Jasmine Cephas Jones). They are basically the Destiny’s Child of the show. If you get the opportunity to see the show (good luck with that) then you should definitely do so and, failing that, maybe just listen to the soundtrack.