Friday, September 24, 2010

What lies beneath

Training for an emergency!  I'm happier than I look.

Okay I have to hurry up and post this because the internet is really unruly here.  I'm sitting at a recreation center on Naval Base San Diego.  There's 50 others here with the same idea as me...

I'm continuing to learn my way around and things are getting a little easier.  I've successfully memorized the location of THREE heads (bathrooms) on the ship!


They had grapes AND pineapples today!  There's only iceberg lettuce at the salad bar, though. No nutritional value...

The Nimitz is like a giant anthill, with blue ants scrambling back and forth along its tunnels.  Seriously, it's like a highway in there, and people move fast.  You have to step out of your berthing hatch (bedroom door), merge with the other ants, and turn on the gas.

If I don't know where I'm going, I just pretend by walking real fast and purposefully.

The guys in my shop do pushups, pullups, and situps at random times throughout the day.  I cannot stress enough how much I love that.  Being able to work out in the middle of the work day adds energy and saves time.

The tour group on the Nimitz flight deck.  The USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vincent are in the background.

I've been carrying trash, hauling cargo, and crawling around in dumpsters since I got here.  The ship is undergoing INSURV right now.  It happens every five years and ensures a ship is ready for war.

I was beginning to wonder if I should keep polishing my boots everyday when suddenly I was called to help escort a tour group through the ship.  It immediately became clear why we're trained to look good.  For one hour, I was a representative of the Navy for 12 civilians. 

Dinner at Outback with some of the MCs.


Get out of the ship when you get the chance!  Sunshine and relaxation are key when you live in such cramped conditions. 

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