|Shouldn't you be blogging, or something?|
|Uh yeah, what Sasha said...|
Both cats, as you can see, anxiously await the return of Mom. Can't you sense their nervous tension?
No, I didn't think so.
No, I didn't think so.
My cats are remarkable creatures. They are very concerned for my welfare.
Why just this morning they made sure that I was out of bed early, they didn't want me to miss this gorgeous weather we're in the midst of. (Oh, and while you're up, why don't you go ahead and feed us. There's a good human.)
I was on the phone with The Missus Herself and Little Bit (oldest granddaughter, she's three, going on 27) the other night. Grandma wanted to know if Little Bit would like to talk to Grampa, she promptly got on the phone and said (and yes, this is a direct quote) -
"Grampa, don't worry, we'll be home really soon."Seems that she too is concerned for my welfare.
So that's what's going on on the Homefront (i.e. not much at all).
I also talked to The WSO last night. It seems that there is a Family and Friends Day Cruise planned for the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) out in Sandy Eggo in early April. I was asked if I'd like to participate in said activity.
|USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76|
America's Penultimate Nimitz-class carrier
Why yes, yes I would!
Some of my readers may remember that I've done this day cruise thingee once before on the Ike (CVN-69) and regaled you with that tale here. (And while checking that link I noted that two of the videos I had posted back then were nowhere to be seen. I have made repairs, sometimes computers irk me. Okay, everyday they irk me. Sigh...)
But back when I did that cruise, I wasn't a blogger. It's not like I wasn't paying attention or having a good time mind you, it's just that I wasn't really looking for a story to tell. Now I will be.
Which reminds of the time, about a month ago, when I was talking with The Nuke. She was about to regale me with a story regarding work when she paused and said, "Dad, this is off the record. Right?"
Okay, this is a Dad talking with his daughter, what's this whole "off the record" thing?
She looked me right in the eye and said, "Dad, you're a blogger now. That means you're part of the media. Yes, a little known part of the media, but nevertheless..."
Okay, that "little known" bit hurt. I mean come on, I have tens of dozens of readers. Many of whom are actual living, breathing human beings and aren't spambots at all. (Well, that's what Google Analytics tells me anyway.)
But The Nuke was the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) on her first ship (in addition to being the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, or ASWO). Which meant that while the ship was at sea, she was concerned with drilling her sonarmen and torpedomen. (Some of whom were actually female, but hey, the Air Force still calls a female airman, an airman. Right?) When the ship was in port, she had to deal with the media.
I noticed when she came home on leave once that she had a stack of paperwork with her. Seems she still had to do her PAO-thing regardless of whether she was on leave or not. Of course, that might be her and not her Captain. She is pretty driven. A real go-getter.
But still, to be classed as part of "the media" by one's own kith and kin? Ah well.
So yes, the cruise on the Reagan. The WSO's air wing (CAG 2) belongs to the Reagan hence the invite from her, to me. The last day cruise was via an invite from The Nuke who was ship's company. So this might be different. Anyhoo...
I'm pretty pumped about it. We'll be heading out to sea from Sandy Eggo so of course I asked The WSO, "Hey, can we go to Shakespeares and up to Point Loma while we're out there?"
Her reply, "Of course we can."
So to all of you out there Sandy Eggo way...
The Old AF Sarge is coming...