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Subject:  Re: OT: Jim Died at Work Yesterday Date:  11/16/2002  11:38 AM
Author:  imcharliehm Number:  5232 of 35576

Thanks, Loki.

It is ghoulish to admit, but no less genuine than my emotions of dismay and anger at his senselessly death were the technical problems of offering him the respect and dignity we each deserve, however flawed our choices, plus creating for readers who didn't know our world a sense of his stature within it. The piece was heart-felt and wrote itself first draft. I could fuss with it, fleshing out the narrative, spinning the lessons other ways, as Kierkergaard does with the Isaac story in Fear and Trembling, but we on the waterfront are unlettered folk, and I was already pushing hard in playing off of Conrad's portrait of Lord Jim.

When I got into the trade at the late age of 34, I was a mere kid to the men who worked the waterfront, many of whom had built or sailed the Liberty ships. Now, I'm one of the graybeards, but no new blood is coming into the marine trades, and we are dying off, a couple of guys a year, and generally from things that could be sidestepped or at least better managed. How to balance personal freedoms and group responsibilities? the choices one makes that affect only yourself against the choices one m