2017 New Years Card

Hello friends and family!

One of my new favorite internet acronyms: tldr; which means Too Long Didn’t Read; and is usually followed by a sentence or two. Let your eyes glaze over, and hit the first statement in each paragraph, and you’ll get the gist.

New photo by Drew Kerlee / Google Photos

We’re so glad you received this card! It’s been a year of remembering what’s important. While it’s easy to say “Family, Friends, and Everything else,” it’s a challenge to put it into practice, especially as there’s a lot of noise out there. We hope this card and message find you well. We’re thinking of you, and you’re important to us, and you should smile!

I finally made Captain! It’s a substantial pay bump, and prestige bump. I’ve been working since 2008 (first year at Cal Maritime) to get here, and only nine years later, it has become a reality. I worked one short hitch as Captain down in LA for AmNav, then promptly put in my two-weeks-notice to take a Jr. Captain position with Harley Marine out of Seattle. . The division I work in is Starlight Marine Services Pacific North West. I’m generally on the tug Millennium Star. (This link didn’t display any information about your tug, at least for me.) And let me tell you: life is good. I get to work local! Finally I get to tugboat around the Seattle waterfront and frequently down in Commencement Bay Tacoma as well! Just the other day, I met Alison and Robin for doughnuts and coffee. Robin got to see me drive the tugboat away, and that was special. Tug boating is not something family often gets to see!

New photo by Drew Kerlee / Google Photos

We bought a house. It was our third offer on a home in Tacoma, and it was finally accepted. If all goes well, you will be able to reach us for the foreseeable future at 831 S Prospect, Tacoma WA 98405-2731. Our tentative move in date is the end of June 2017.

New photo by Drew Kerlee / Google Photos

We bought a car: a 2013 Nissan Leaf. Years ago I saw the movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” and it really struck a chord with me. As our ’97 Toyota Camry rolled over 230k, Alison and I thought it would be about time to get a more reliable vehicle. Certainly, the Leaf is a tough pill to stomach at only 90 miles per charge (on a good day), but not being part of the problem is important to us. With the current setup of our lives, we think the Leaf will be a nice addition to the family, while keeping and driving the Camry much less. I asked Robin to name the car. Thankfully she did not pick cary-mc-car-face; she chose Robin. So, now we’ve got Robin-the-car, and Robin-the-girl. (I later discovered she names everything Robin)

New photo by Drew Kerlee / Google Photos

Robin is 3 years old. Kids do keep growing and growing. It’s still early to tell what sort of girl and woman Robin will be – but I suspect when I look back at these times, I’ll think: “you were exactly like that when you were a toddler!” But while I’m in it right now, hard to say. Robin is just beginning to learn how to ride a bike. She loves toys, the beach, and anything on the iPad. She’s almost ready to swim on her own. She’s a real talker, and has a couple of friends around the neighborhood. Alison has been doing 99% of the heavy lifting here, being Robin’s full-time Mom. She amazes me all the time with her patience, enthusiasm, and awesome-mom-ness. It’s special to see that as a father too.

New photo by Drew Kerlee / Google Photos

I hope that 2018 is much less eventful. I keep thinking I want to space these life events out over more time, but it just hasn’t panned out that way so far. So, on a final note: thanks again for making it this far through this update! All my best to you, and I hope the rest of 2017 is smooth sailing. More pics.

Drew, Alison and Robin too!

New photo by Drew Kerlee / Google Photos