It’s no hiding that this crazy lifestyle we lead truly is done by the seat of our pants! Just when we start getting settled into a new routine, the wind decides to change directions. It just so happened that the wind decided to change directions a week and a half ago.
When we first came out West for work this year, it was in hopes in get onto a job that we had heard was starting up. Unfortunately, our timing was off and the job had not gotten underway yet when we first arrived. A little over a week ago, J.O received word that it was about to take off running. This then left us with a decision to make: roll the dice and leave a good job in a good area to try to get on the job through the hall or stay where we were. Nine times out of ten, we would have stayed. J.O was enjoying his foreman position, the hours were decent and we enjoyed the area. J.O called the hall and found that it was a walk through (meaning that no one was on the books waiting for work), so the chances of him being able to take the call were very good. With that being said, we decided to roll the dice.
Once J.O got home from work around 5pm we started to get things into gear. He took care of what needed to be done to drag up from work and I prepared the camper to move on down the road. To be honest, I was happy to be at least moving out of Pinto Lake RV park! Don’t get me wrong, the park was nice, but I have never had to deal with a more unwelcoming staff. They were just miserable. We decided to drive up to Half Moon Bay (about 90 min North from where we were) and stay there for the night. It was a beautiful drive along the coast on Hwy 1 at sunset.
We pulled into our usual campground in Half Moon Bay, Pillar Point RV, around 8:30 and quickly set up for the night. J.O left for Vacaville that next morning around 5:45am to be there to sign the books by 7am. Our plan then was to wait for the job call to come through. We knew that this was risky business: he wouldn’t be at the top of the books, so someone else could have easily (and rightfully) grabbed the job position before us, but, we were both willing to, if necessary, be gainfully unemployed until the right call came in….at least for a little while. Needless to say, the job call did not come in that Friday. So, this left us with a weekend off and nothing to do, but have some fun in one of our favorite areas.
The weekend in Half Moon Bay was gorgeous. Sunny and 75 (not very typical weather for the area). We enjoyed dinner at Sam’s Chowder House, went golfing at the Ritz and then spent Sunday walking around the city of Mountain View and attending their weekly farmers market. Because we used to live in Mountain View, it was fun to go to some old favorite spots.
Monday rolled around and still, not the right call. Tuesday came and when again, the call was not there, J.O had to resign the books (after turning down 3 calls you have to resign the books for work).
The good thing about waiting around for the right job, was that we would always know by noon. This left me (selfishly) the rest of the day to do something fun with my lineman! Throughout the week we enjoyed each day with a walk along the beach with the long dog, we went rock climbing at Planet Granite in San Francisco where we were also able to watch the America’s Cup sailing race, we reunited with old friends from the area, drove up to Tolames Bay to the Hog Oyster Farm for a picnic, went golfing at Sharp Park in Pacifica and checked out the new Hop Dogma Brewery in La Granada. Long Dog was able to join us on many of the trips too! We met so many wonderful people while out and about too. Some from the East Coast here on vacation, others that were also traveling for work full time, various couples that lived in the area and even some that used to live in Hawaii (who later brought us a package of Nori and some homemade kalua pork for J.O!). Each one had such a great story to tell.
J.O took over the role of chef while he was off and made me a few wonderful meals! Including a delicious dinner of clams and brussel sprouts over pasta with a white wine reduction. The man can cook! Check out the recipe he made by clicking HERE. Needless to say, I’ll be the first to express that I was more than ok with the job call not coming through right away! It was an unexpected vacation (but then again, they usually are with us!). Each night and morning was filled with wondering what the day would bring; would we be moving? Each day then was filled with something fun! Even laundry day was enjoyable!
Once Friday came and the call still hadn’t come and another resign was in order, we both were starting to get anxious. What if the job was filled, or was suspend? Although we had left a great job, we were settled by the fact that there were many other call options coming through the hall. We decided we weren’t going to think about it over the weekend, but simply have fun. If it came down to it, J.O wouldn’t resign the books, but simply take another call. Over the weekend, we hung out with some old friends from the area, went golfing in Pacifica and walked along the beach. We also went to the Historic Moss Beach Distillery were we enjoyed their patio. Long Dog really liked it there, as they were so dog friendly they even had a doggy menu! He had the 2 burger patties for 5 bones
Monday morning we woke to see the sun shining once more and were planning on going on a hike if the call, once again, didn’t come in. Alas, it did! FInally! J.O had to leave to go and take care of paperwork right away, so Long Dog and I spent the day getting caught up on all the things I couldn’t do in detail while J.O was off work (i.e DEEP clean and blog 😉 ). He starts work tonight (yup, back to night shifts for awhile!), so I’ll have to start adjusting to having the bed to myself (and the Long Dog) again.
We’ve decided to stay in Half Moon Bay until the end of the month when we will move closer to his show up.
I’m so happy that the call came through, as it was something that he really wanted. Just goes to show, sometimes a little patience and risk can pay off. Hopefully, he likes the work! 😉