A small meme

Edited for accuracy.

From Mostly Cajun

1. Started your own blog Yup.
2. Slept under the stars Boy Scouts; fishing trips to Prescott Valley Arizona with some Navy buddies.
3. Played in a band Percussion in junior high.
4. Visited Hawaii Plenty of times on the CG out of San Diego.

5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland yes
8. Climbed a mountain In a ’93 Pontiac Bonneville, the post later to come.

9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch 

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning  I’ve eaen in cities in the middle of nowhere.  You do the math.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables A hobby of Grandpa on Dad’s side.  His son and grandsons got to spend time with him. 
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train 
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon- do half marathons count?
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset the 2 to 7 watch on WESTPAC
31. Hit a home run 
32. Been on a cruise Can you say WESTPAC?
 33. Seen Niagara falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors I’ve been to the old home places in Mississippi and Ohio.
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke  There was a karaoke bar in San Diego we frequented.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant another good story
44. Visited Africa 
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance 
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling Snorkeling, it’s how we fish out here.
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class Universal Kempo Karate
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London No, but I’ve seen the one at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper Eagle Scout
85. Read the entire Bible a lot of it, but not the whole deal
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating Deer and squirrel
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life No, just provided first aid.  See the Good Samaritan post. 
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day


Good pitbulls

I love dogs.  I especially love loyal dogs.  I feel American Pitbull Terriers have got a bad rap from sensational journalism.  Our pit is a canine shaped teddy bear.  There is a site on the web for good pitbull stories.  Personally, I don’t like breed specific legislation any more than I like gun specific legislation.  Pitbulls do protect their owners.  In countries where guns get banned “mean” dogs get banned next.  Think about it.  Dogs, like children, are a product of their environment anf upbringing.

The kinder gentler Navy

We were all comparing bootcamp and HT “A” school experiences in the shop the other day.  Here is the then(1999-2000 vs 2001 and onward).

Bootcamp has a thing called Battle Stations.  13 events culled from the pages of Navy history involving physical exertion.  We had to double time all over the base in the dead of night for those thirteen stations.  The newer guys have it all in one building.  Now for the engineering school.  We had 3 weeks of basic engineering aka Fireman Apprenticeship Trainer Deck(FN ATD) or Common Core.  Tools and their abuses, pumps, valves, schematics, egress.  All the stuff engineers should know.  Very hands on.  Three weeks.  Eight more weeks of HT school.  One day of class, the rest of hands on every week.  Class was geared toward safety.  “The shear can cut metal.  It will amputate your finger without second thought.”  Now all engineering rates learn all modules on computers except for a few weeks.  I didn’t know you could learn how to weld or fight fires on a computer.  Pussification if you ask me.

Recent military history

I have a semi-professional interest in military history.  Every great warrior has studied the strategy and tactics of great warriors of battles past.  My library contains everything from “The Art of War” by Sun Tsu to a plethora of books about military operations.  I say all that to say this.  Ever since we began bombing the terrorists in their turf, they have avoided our turf.  I don’t care why the war started.  I feel that it was fundamentally proper.  A few weeks patrolling your own coast with ready weapons will do that to a mind.  That is one operation that I never wanted to repeat, but will do so in a heartbeat if it is required again.  One popular theory holds that Iraq was a smokescreen for some dirty dirty to go down in Afganistan.  A lot of junior sailors think the war is BS.  I hold disdain for those sailors.  My “fruit salad” holds several ribbons for serving in hostile foreign waters.  On shore duty, we did loads of efficiency training to save money from our budget to put towards the war effort.  I feel that if we leave now, it will be Korea again.  We could’ve gone for all the marbles, but we didn’t.  Some Koreans are less than enthusiastic about that.  I still hold those soldiers from that era in high regard.  Any man or woman that marches toward the sound of the guns when there country calls, gets my respect.  Many of the blogs on my blogroll posted some wonderful poems by Rudyard Kipling.  I agree.

A crazy story from Japan

A lot of military folk use sports supplements to help keep in shape.  Roommate and I are no exception.  On a trip to Japan a while back, roommate learned that testosterone boosters and booze don’t mix.  This came up in a conversation the other day.  I am mild mannered.  If I said something like, “I will gouge out your eyes and skull f%$# you until your thumbs twitch” it wouldn’t be believable.  If he said it, people would probably run for cover.  Said roommate got pissed off at something while drinking in the haunch in Japan and tried to take on three bars at once.  Kicking in doors and shore patrol and his liberty buddy trying to reign him in.  He lucked out because the duty people in important positions were all HTs, and we take care of our own.  Lucky him.