Written by Linc Bedrosian
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
It's pretty quiet in our Portland, Maine, headquarters today. That's because the office is closed thanks to what appears to be a nasty late winter snowstorm — apparently dubbed Ukko (pronounced YOU-ko) — that could dump about a foot of snow on our fair city and up to 18 inches to the north and west of us. Hence, most of our troops are working from home today.
However, I live just a few miles away from our office. And I have yet to see the snowstorm that has prevented me from getting in to work. It's been said that 90 percent of life is showing up. So I do.
Besides, dealing with a little snow is nothing compared to work conditions fishermen find themselves in at sea, especially so in Nova Scotia this winter. Just weeks after the February sinking that claimed the Miss Ally and her young crew of five, another Nova Scotia boat on a halibut trip was hauling back in winds gusting between 46 and 55 mph when a monstrous rogue wave slammed the Logan & Morgan.
The wave tossed two crew members overboard — yet miraculously, the two men escaped harm and were returned to the vessel. Skipper Sandy Stoddard says only divine intervention saved his men. It's a remarkable story — and thankfully, one with a happy ending.
Suffice to say that if fishermen can work in high winds, violent seas and icing conditions, then I can brush off the car, shovel the driveway and motor through the snow to put in a day's work.
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