Tuesday, March 25, 2014

As a general rule, and which of us not burdened with precise minds deal in anything less than generalities, I don’t care for “Where are they now” type of thinking. Most of that dislike is tied up in knowing where I am now and where the path has taken me.

All of that aside, having seen the area in question, I have wondered what happened to C Captain Joseph Hazelwood. I was also curious as to the results of his criminal trial. So, I went searching.

I found a life I emphasize with, and, while not feeling it a complete waste, did find a certain sadness in its out come.

The man worked very hard for his position as a Ships Master. Many years of formal schooling and years of apprenticeship were devoted to it. And he was found guilty of one Captain Hazelwood thing and only one thing: Spilling oil unauthorized. For which he was given a plea bargained 200 hours community service.

The government was found guilty of more violation than what the crew of the vessel were found guilty.

The Exxon Valdez was renamed the Exxon Mediterranean. The Captain was eventually allowed his Masters license again, he did skipper for Exxon again. But in the interim earned a living as a lobster fisherman. He completed his 200 hours of community service.

And so goes a life.

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From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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