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24 April –

Oh, before I forget Listen to this stuff…

to the young girl from Baltimore with the rash? Honey, that cream that you are using is no good at all. It was meant for something very different. You should try some Offal™, which I have been using for years for a very similar problem.

Anyway, I took a short walk around the block, all by myself. I am sure Nurse would have wanted to accompany me but she is not about to start another argument with me again. He he.

The flowers were so nice. Winter has been quite dismal. Sometimes I think that God is really stupid for making winter. And sharks. And for various things on our bodies that really are not very nice at all.

Anyway, I passed that sweet old lady who lives two doors down. You remember me discussing her in one of my earlier journal entries; she gave me that delicious pie that she baked. Or said she baked, anyway. I have my doubts. But it was a nice thing to do, nevertheless.

Everything is just so wonderful on my walk, though I do feel my wounds acting up for the last half. I spoke to my Lafayette maritime lawyer again about them and he assured me that they would eventually heal. Thank goodness I qualified as a Jones Act seaman so I could claim compensation under the federal maritime law. Otherwise, I never would have been able to afford the medical treatments.

Grinding, thumps, grating wood splintering, the slash of cable, pain, oh the pain, and darkness. Was it a disregard for maintenance or safety or just maliciousness from my fellow deckhands? Are not the owners of jackup barges required to meet certain federal standards for equipment and safety practices? My maritime lawyer, good fella that he is, said the owners are liable for preventable accidents caused by a disregard for maintenance or safety. So here I am sniffing the sea air of my past and seeing those explosions caused by burps of natural gas. They can quickly engulf a platform or vessel causing catastrophic burn injuries. We were cautioned. Now it is facing substantial medical bills and time off work. No, I had my Jones Act lawyer who did his advocating.

Did you know that roustabouts, roughnecks and toolpushers can suffer serious head injuries or fatal injuries due to pipe handling accidents or the uncontrolled movement of sections of heavy pipe on platforms and Roustabouts, roughnecks and toolpushers can suffer serious head injuries or fatal injuries due to pipe handling accidents or the uncontrolled movement of sections of heavy pipe on platforms? They don’t tell you those things when you get hired.

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