My wife Cathy, NOAA Branch Chief, has been asked to go to NOAA's souteast region headquarters office in St Petersburg FL to help manage - among other things - NOAA's response to the BP disaster and recovery planning. She leaves next week for a minimum stay of 6 months. Given the scope of the work there, this relocation could easily go on much longer.
I will follow her there in two weeks and look to put my Coast Guard Master's license to work.
There are many aspects of life in Portland that I will miss. OMRRA, PIR, and my racing community friends are high on that list.