Today is my fifth year as a tug-boat driver.

I took this job to help me recover from the incredible deluge of stress and strain I experienced from being first chair oboe player in the Berlin Harmonic Orchestra. (Sorry to my blog readers during that time for having to read and endure my frantic and eccentric posts.)

I now have a great deal amount of time by myself as I steer and guide the tugboat through Olmwich Harbor in the port of Philadelphia. Music is still a part of me though as I often hum melodies I hypnotically pull from the ether.
Below is a photo I took of my boat. It’s the only paddle-wheel tug boat on the east coast. I call it the Ovaltiner.

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