Last Watch 
Friday, March 31, 2006, 06:32 AM
I'm standing my last 4-8 watch of this patrol. I have, for the last time in about 3 months, woken up at 0245 in the morning. 2:45 a.m. is a good time to go to sleep, not to wake up.

In other news, Michelle Malkin continues babbling against the President's guest worker program. You find me someone born in the United States who wants to pick grapes for 10 hours a day in the hot sun for $5 an hour, and I'll support your anti-immigrant policies (remind me again, how did your ancestors get to this country?). Cheap immigrant labor makes goods cheaper, and allows you to buy more and achieve a higher standard of living with the same salary. If you oppose allowing hard working immigrants to do jobs in the United States that nobody else wants to do, you're effectively saying "I wish my standard of living was lower."

Oh, and Ana Marie Cox has an interesting exchange on her blog.
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24 Hours Until RTHP 
Thursday, March 30, 2006, 02:27 PM
I'm going to apologize for the dry spell my blog just underwent, and warn you that you're likely to see another one as we transition into stand down. Stand down, a post or pre patrol break where we are not required to come into work, is scheduled to last a week. We just pulled out of San Diego, which is always an awesome city to visit. I spent Tuesday night, our last night there, out drinking with a couple of officers including our new EO (my new boss). We came back to the ship after the bar did its mandatory 2 a.m. closing, and smoked a cigar on the fantail. He seems like he'll be a nice guy to work for, which bodes well for my second year on this boat. Unlike the current EO, he has very little experience on 378s, which means I'll be loosing a valuable reference source. It also means that he'll be more relient on us second year EOITs for our appraisals of machinery status.
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San Diego 
Saturday, March 25, 2006, 04:20 PM
I went to TGI Friday's in San Diego yesterday with three other guys from the boat. It was our first meal in the United States and we all just sat there salivating over the menu. I think we were all tempted to just say "just bring me whatever takes the least amount of time." I think it's the best meal I've had in a long time. The Sam Adams wasn't bad either.
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American Soil 
Friday, March 24, 2006, 12:45 AM
Today, in a few short hours, I will finally see American soil for the first time in over two months. They say that you don't know what you have until it gets taken away. Well, I now know what I have; please do not take it away again. You hear that, CG? No more patrols for me. (Yeah, I wish.)

I'm trying desperately to find some clever wording to put in here to amuse and reward anyone who takes the time to visit this page. Unfortunately, I think I've temporarily exhausted my supply of smart phrases writing awards and letters of appreciation for my guys.

177 hours until RTHP.
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The French 
Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 01:27 PM
As French youth continue to fight for their right to not be fired regardless of job performance, the French legislature is taking steps to move the digital music market away from free market principles. Apparently the government wants to require that all digital music be playable on all digital music players. This is something that I certainly agree with -- I hate the way Apple has created such a closed system -- but government regulation isn't the way to get there. If the law passes, Apple will likely withdraw from the French music market (they'll likely keep selling iPods, just no iTunes music store). The solution to the iPod problem isn't more regulation, but for competing companies to get their act together and produce an attractive alternative.

NYT
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Pain 
Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 10:47 PM
If you knew what type of internet connection I have to suffer through in order to make these postings underway, you would treasure each and every one of my entries. Okay, perhaps that's not true. A turd, no matter how carefully or painstakingly crafted, is still a turd.

That being said, the internet connection on this boat makes a frequent habit of crossing over from painfully slow to slowly causing physical pain. Imagine the modem your friend used back in the early 90's when the internet was new and people still dialed into BBSs. Now share that modem with 170 of your best friends. I know, even reading about it hurts.

225 hours until RTHP.
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Airports 
Monday, March 20, 2006, 02:55 PM
I watched the closing airport scene from Love Actually and it makes me want to ask: Last time you flew in to an airport, was there a throng of your loved ones waiting to greet you, or did you find yourself stressed and alone?
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But Who's Counting? 
Sunday, March 19, 2006, 07:48 PM
153 - days undeway
112 - days inport
4.5 - days until San Diego
1300 - monthly rent in dollars, not including cable, internet, electricity, water, and sewage
275 - hours until we return to home port
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Because Pensions Are So Darn Expensive 
Saturday, March 18, 2006, 10:43 PM

I look around and it appears that 80% of the military is addicted to nicotine. Does anybody else find this disturbing?
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From Today's POD 
Monday, March 13, 2006, 12:54 PM
No, I did not author this piece.
Messdeck scuttlebutt [water fountain] has been removed, thanks entirely to those a$$holes who decided to pour Top Ramen noodles and tobacco spit down the drain instead of using: (a) a cup; (b) a used bottle; or (c) your pocket. "Here's to you, Mr. 'I Need to Spit and Pour Ramen Noodles in the Scuttlebutt Because I'm Lazy and I Suck.'" Frank talk from the EO: "Given the choice of jettisoning a perfectly innocent piece of equipment or you, we'll throw you overboard any day of the week and twice on Sunday." Questions to LT Tozzi.

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