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Jun. 27th, 2009 @ 04:51 pm
What I Did On My Summer Vacation...

Day 2

I have to be honest and say the thing I was most scared of was the flight over here well God bless the man who chemical engineered Melatonin. I slept through the whole flight to Maine, most of the flight to Germany, and probably about an hour of the flight to Kuwait. I'm still puzzled as to why they showed Marley and Me and Twilight on the flight(s)....

A note on the weather. I expected much hotter, like unbearable, like being put in an oven but its not THAT BAD. It got up to 120 today but (and I hate when people say this) its a dry heat.

Work has been boring as we've been turning over with the crew here who leaves on Wednesday. Should pick up after that. Tomorrow we get to stand in 90 degree heat to watch a change of command go down.....yay!

Stay classy San Diego

I leave you with this quote.

"I wanted to win for him more then anything because he deserves to be a champion"- Heniz Ward (referring to Jerome Bettis)
Current Location: Camp Patriot, Kuwait
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: Incubus- Wish You Were Here

She Memorizes The Floor So She Can Leave The Room Undected Jul. 26th, 2008 @ 03:21 am

July 27th (88 days at sea)


I'd be remised if I didn't make a post about recent events.  After leaving Singapore, which was a blasty blast.  We had a Wog Day ceremony.  A Wog for the curious is a sailor that hasn't not crossed the equator.  After you cross the equator you become a "shellback" but first you have to go through trails, which back in the day were harsh and involved eating/crawling rotting food and being whipped with fire hose.  The trail I went through was much milder and consisted of getting yelled and exercising...lame.

In other news I got a freakin' medal yesterday.  Its called the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal is awarded by....

"Meritorious service or achievement in either combat or noncombat based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature but which does not warrant a Commendation Medal or higher."

I got mine for being hand selected by the command to go on this mission.  Creating a manual for tactical supervisors and standing 80 hours of watch, which is not what I came out here to do.

Also, I'm coming home early as our mission is done in Micronesia we'll be flying out of Guam.  I'll be home on September 3rd or 4th.  A party is in order?

Maybe I'm a little late on this but Taking Back Sunday and Something Corporate kick major ass.

We pull into Darwin in 10 hours....drinks are in order.

I leave you with this quote

"The truth is you could silt my throat and with my one last gasping breath I'd apologize for bleeding on your shirt"-Taking Back Sunday


Have a good weekend

Vin Lo
Current Location: Darwin, Australia
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Something Corporate-You're Gone

This Is How The World Ends..Not With A Whisper But A Bang. Jul. 8th, 2008 @ 08:52 am
July 8th (68 days at sea)

Well Singapore came and went with little to no fanfare.  I had watch the first day in port.  Kinda of a stupid watch.  I was pier rover, which is exactly what the name implies I walk up and down the pier (in a military manner of course).  The stupid thing is that all I have is a radio.  Which means if shit went down I’d have no way of doing anything about it being unarmed and all.  Really sad to see all the people get off the ship all bright eyed and bushy tailed ready for an exciting day out in Singapore. Some people and I got a hotel the second and third day out.

 Wednesday (day two) was spent checking into the hotel.  A very nice one name of the Swissotel: Merchant Court.  300 Singapore dollars later the check in process was done.  After getting situated we went down to the bar for a drink before meeting up with shipmates for dinner.  Dinner was expensive and unimpressive.  I guess I had high expectations seeing as the freaking thing was like 40 bucks for the fettuccine alfredo and a beer.  Then we out to a nice club and got very drunk then retired back to hotel for much needed shut eye.

 Thursday was Sentosa Island day.  We cruised to this huge island called Sentosa which is like an amusement park island with no rides.  A lot cool stuff to be had.  We went to a beach and ate overpriced pizza.  Went to a butterfly show and saw overpriced butterflies.  Went to a great luge ride and rode overpriced luges.  After Sentosa we checked out the Singapore Flyer which Shawn suggested.  An amazing sight to see we balked at the 40 dollar per ride price tag however.  Still cool just to see though.  After that we went back to the hotel and had drinks at the bar before going back to the club we went to the first night.

 Friday was check out time.  We said later to the people we had met around the hotel and parted ways.  Friday was July 4th here so we went to a park and had drinks and hamburgers then checked out fireworks and live band.  Pretty crappy fireworks display.  To be expected I suppose.

 Saturday/Sunday/Monday I just hung out and watched movie and whatnot.

 Next stop Timor Leste, the most dangerous of the countries on the trip.  Should be safe though.  Worry not friends. After Timor its on to Australia.  Which should be fun.

 I got my package with the candy and jerky in it.  Can’t thank you enough.  I’ve been living on Red Vines and Gold Coast since Friday.

 Love you all.  Have a week.

I leave you this quote.

 “Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”- Oscar Wilde

Current Location: Enroute- Timor Leste
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Avenged Sevenfold- Bat Country

Good Morning Vietnam! Jun. 27th, 2008 @ 07:29 pm
June 28th (59 days at sea)


Back after a long absence.  I'd like to apologize to my fan(s).  As I've said in previous posts not much changes day to day aboard a United States Naval vessel.  We pulled into Nha Trang, Vietnam on the 19th, the first US ship to do so since 1978 which is pretty cool when you thing about it.  We actually got some liberty time in ‘Nam.  The country was more or less closed to visitors as early as 5 years ago. 

 

Great times in Vietnam this has probably been the best port visit yet.  Awesome food, try the Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup.  We went to a fantastic Irish pub in Vietnam kind of strange but whatever.  Lots of awesome shops…maybe shops is overselling it, more like stands with everything from local fruit to tennis shoes to clearly stolen electronics.   The people are nice for the most part.  They speak absolute no English which ranges from cute to annoying but most of the school aged children speak a bit of it so they can help you out with stuff around the market.  I bought a lot of cool gifts for people on my shopping list.  I still got about 5 people to buy for and 3 ports to do it in so I should just squeeze in under the tag,

 

Got Singapore coming up next for 5 days.  I hear lots of craziness goes down there.  It remains to be seen how much I’ll be involved in.  I like the money I’m making and am kind of reluctant to part with it but we’ll see.  They kind of jacked up the watch bill in regards to the people I want to go out with so I’ll see.

 

Have a good weekend.  That is all.

 

I leave you with this quote.

 

From a Marine in Da Nang: "Captain Hauk sucks the sweat off of a dead man's balls." I have no idea what that means, sir, but it seems very negative to me.”-  Forest Whitaker from “Good Morning Vietnam


Current Location: Nha Trang, Vietnam
Current Music: Queen- Fat Bottomed Girls

Thilla in Manila? Jun. 17th, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
Short update today.  The game is about to come on.  Still so strange to watch a live basketball game at 8am and sober but such is the life.  Go Lakers.

So we went to TGI Fridays in Manila and the guys I was with had the waitresses sing happy birthday to me for getting promoted.  I guess they don't have a congrats song.  Pretty funny stuff.  First the song was literally 5 minutes long.  They did a medley of top 40 radio hits from 10 years ago with the chorus replaced with "happy birthday".  The only one I remember was Daft Punk's "One More Time"....it was needless to say, awesome.  Stupid LJ won't let me post pictures without upgrading and they block photobucket here so no dice on the pictures

We'll be in Vietnam in a day.

Have a good one

YN3 Vinny

I leave you with this quote

"Hey man, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie but I wouldn't know cause I won't eat the dirty motherfucker"- Samuel L. Jackson "Pulp Fiction"
Current Music: Dave Matthews Band- Raven
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» YN3
 June 15  (45 days at sea)

Good news today, I made YN3.  I was capped to it meaning the command thought so much of me they appointed me to it which is a pretty great feeling.  So almost three years to day of my enlisted in the United States Navy I made Petty Officer Third Class.  I go from this on my uniform..




to this...


In other news, we pulled into Manila, Phillipines this afternoon.  Should be good times.  I guess the 3rd largest mall in to world is out here so we're going to do that.

nothing new to report on the work front to report.

I leave you with this quote...

"YNSN Felgen front a center"- CAPT Kearns











» Far away far away this ship is taking me far away....
June 9th (39 days at sea)

Some of you might be wondering what the people are like on a ship after a month.  Well, its kinda like the Real World.  It in as much as people have stopped being polite and started getting real.  I heard a story once that pretty much sums it up....

Two men are walking in the forest.  They stop for a rest and one man begins to put on running shoes.  The other man, quite puzzled asks "why are you putting on running shoes?" the man responds "in case we're attacked by a bear" even more confused the man says "you know you can't outrun a bear right?" without hesitaiton the man says "Oh I know, I don't have to outrun the bear...I have to outrun you."

I leave you with this quote.

Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?? I'm halfway through my fish burger and I realize, Oh my God....I could be eating a slow learner.”-
Lynda Montgomery

Good night and good luck.

GO LAKERS!
» Rain Drops on Roses and Girls in White Dresses....
June 7th (37 days at sea)

PARENTAL ADVISORY: EXPLICIT CONTENT

The following is not made up...this actually happened.

So me and this Air Force girl are talking outside observing the island.  She comments on how this morning the ship was facing one way and now its facing the opposite direction.  Being the salty dog I am.  I explained that at anchor a ship makes a circle around the anchor point due to the tides.  Then I say "Kinda strange right?" without skipping a beat she says "Not as strange as when I had train ridden on me" (long pause) "just kidding"

First of all.  Where the fuck did that come from? We weren't talking about anything remotely sexual.  Futhermore, even if we were why would you say something that off the wall?

Also, girls shouldn't joke like that.  For many reasons I shouldn't have to name.

I had to tell that story it was too crazy not to mention.  Nothing else really has been going on.  I finally got my extra pays which made my paycheck on the 15th about 400 dollars heavy which is pretty bitchin'.  Gifts for all!  If you could leave a comment on what you what that'd be helpful as I'm a man thus have no shopping sense.

Send some mail why don't you.

I found out today they might do a tiger cruise.  A tiger cruise for those who don't know is when the Navy allowing civilans to ride a ship back from a friendly port.  In this case Hawaii.  More news as the story devolpes

So bored.

I leave you with this quote

"Why would I lie when I could just say no?"- Susan Sarandon's character in "Igby Goes Down"
» September Never Gets This Cold Where I Come From
June 2 (33 days at sea)

As T-Monee pointed out.  I fucked the days at sea counter up.  It should be one LESS day then the calendar number of days I've been on the ship again, I have a pretty tenuous grasp on time and space and this whole International Date Line thing has really thrown me for a loop.

back to our regularly scedhuled LiveJournal post already in progess

So I went ashore yesterday boy, what an eye opener.  These people live in absoulte poverty.  The village they live in is no more then 5 steel plates stacked on each other.  There's standing water everywhere.  The kids run around naked and barefoot.  They play in water that we wouldn't reach into if we dropped something in it..  The worst though are the kids that we bring on the ship to do surgery on.  Its something out of Jim Henson's ceature shop.  The cleft plates on these kids are horrific, teeth hanging out of their top lip and whatnot.  I saw a kid with a tumor half the size of his head on his head.  Whats really amazing is seeing these kids come off like nothing was ever wrong with them.  We sat on the pier all day watching kids get loaded into boats to go to the ship.  Like 8 hours later the same kids came off good as new...incredible.

Aside from that nothing really new to say.  Work continues to be boring.  I'm running out of movies.  I just read Obama's book.  Good stuff.  I was already voting for him so nothing to earth shattering.  I've read three books already.  Turns out I'm actually quite the reader.  I guess I don't give myself enough credit.

We watched Planes, Trains, and Automobiles last night.  What a fuckin' classic that is.  The best rant in movie history for my money is when Steve Martin goes off on the rent-a-car lady....

Neal: You can start by wiping that fucking dumb-ass smile off your rosey, fucking, cheeks! Then you can give me a fucking automobile: a fucking Datsun, a fucking Toyota, a fucking Mustang, a fucking Buick! Four fucking wheels and a seat!

Car Rental Agent
: I really don't care for the way you're speaking to me.

Neal
: And I really don't care for the way your company left me in the middle of fucking nowhere with fucking keys to a fucking car that isn't fucking there. And I really didn't care to fucking walk down a fucking highway and across a fucking runway to get back here to have you smile in my fucking face. I want a fucking car RIGHT FUCKING NOW!

Great stuff there.

Catch you all next time kids.  Same bat time same bat channel.

Vinny

I leave you with this quote

"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore"- Vincent van Gogh
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