Hate and Discontent 
Monday, June 19, 2006, 04:15 PM
There's been a fair amount of hate and discontent coming from the wardroom, and the engineering section in particular, regarding my impending departure. A surprisingly large number of fellow officers, and no shortage of enlisted, have confessed that they hate me. The first day I found out I was leaving, Pat (the MPA) remarked at dinner, "if Peter leaves on the 20th that'll leave us in a 1 in 3 rotation." Feeling bad for not having delivered the news personally I replied, "I'm sorry, I've been meaning to talk to you about that." To which George Hall, one of my fellow engineering ensigns, replied "Oh, I've been meaning to talk to you..." He paused just long enough for the wardroom to become somewhat silent before finishing "I hate you."

In another incident one of my fellow ensigns was discussing one of our future port calls in Adak, AK. I mentioned that their local website lists the General Store under important phone numbers. As she inquired whether the town was large enough even to have a local bar, I maintained my silence as a large smile crept across my face -- completely unrelated, of course, to the fact I will be missing this wonderful port call. She got a confused look on her face for a few seconds, before exclaiming "I hate you!"
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