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"How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean."- Arthur C. Clarke May. 28th, 2008 @ 03:24 pm
May 29th (30 days at sea)

Well we anchored off the coast of the Philippines today after a uneventful few days at sea between here and Guam.  Guam was a blasty blast.  We went snorkeling and drinking (not in that order).  I've made some pretty cool friends thus far after a feeling out phase.  I've been introducing people to my flicks which has been met with lukewarm results but whatever.

There's a dude on board who plays like every Dave Matthews Band song which is pretty cool.

We have armed forces from Canada, Australia, and Japan as well American Army and Air Force units.  Truly a diverse bunch.  Makes for great dinner conversation including what a group of kangaroos is called (a herd) and merits of the USA invading Canada..hotly contested.  In the end we decided to just take Toronto (best city) and British Columbia (legal weed) although I fought hard for Alberta (Bret Hart).  I'm sure many of you are asking yourself "Vinny who has the hottest women?".  Tough call, Australia has more but Canada has the hottest girl aboard so I'm going with the Canucks but not by much.  The American Air Force ain't too shabby either.

We're going to be here for like two weeks hopefully I can get on land and help out however they need me but stay tuned on that one.

I leave you with this quote...

"Wouldst thou'- so the helmsman answered.-/'Lean the secret of the sea?/Only those who brave its dangers/Comprehend its mystery!"- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Current Location: Cotabato, Philippines
Current Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers- Californiaican

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills. May. 22nd, 2008 @ 12:18 pm
May 23 (22 days at sea)

I can't believe I forgot to mention someone from our ship drown in Hawaii.  Cause of death is unknown but the popular rumor is he got drunk, went snorkeling, and drown.  Pretty sad stuff he had 2 kids back home.

We arrived in Guam two days ago.  What a piece of crap island this is.  There is literally nothing to do here. First day out we out got drunk and went to the strip club.  Yesterday we out to the Hard Rock Cafe.  I'm going snorkeling today....so yeah.  The place is fuckin' swarmed with Japanese tourists.  I swear to you, we're the only white people on island.

Nothing new to report on the work tip.  Still boring as all get out.

More to report later.  Have a good Memorial Day. Drink a beer for me.

I leave you with this quote.

"Neither earth nor ocean produces a creature as savage and monstrous as woman"- Euripides (Greek playwright)
Current Music: Dave Matthews Band- American Baby

What do you with a drunken sailor? May. 17th, 2008 @ 05:08 pm
May 18, 2008 (17 days at sea)

So I've made up my mind to start a journal on my experanices on my first deployment with the USNS Mercy.  I'm doing it more or less for myself but if you read it and want to make a comment or ask a question then that's super cool.  If not then thats cool to.  Anyway, on with the show.

We've been on this ship for 17 days.  So of you might be asking yourself..."but Vinny you lefted on the first so why not 18 days?" to which I say "We crossed the International Date Line.  We leaped forward a whole day.  I have a small grasp on any theroys based on time and space, mostly limited to Star Trek: The Next Generation marathons but it works something like this.  We were setting our clocks back one hour more or less everyday since leaving San Diego.  Now I guess that you can only fall back so much before before going forward a day.  It might be best to google "International Date Line" to shed more light on this as I'm befuddled.

It took about 7 days to get to Hawaii (May 1st to 8th).  I got a chance to man the rails.  Which kinda dissapponiting.  I was pretty jazzed about doing it.  I've always thought it looks so cool when ships pulled in and all the sailors are in thier whites looking all sexy but it was actually kinda beat.  Try standing with you your hands on the small of your back for an hour and a half and you'll see what I mean.  There were some peolpe in thier backyards as we sailed past Navy housing with signs and waving and whatnot.  All in all though kinda shitty.  Although I'm sure pulling into San Diego will be special. No less an hour after we got into Pearl Harbor (awesome btw. pulled in next to the USS Arizona) it was annouced that our mission changed and that we were going to Burma to help in cylcone aid (canceled btw) so we had to leave two days early.  Kind of a drag 2 days of liberty instead of 4.    The first night we went out and got checked into the Marriot then preceded to get tanked not much more to say there.  It was good times.   Day two was spent trying a place to A. Go snorkeling and B. Watch the Penguin game.  Both missions were met.  I got plenty of underwater pictures to share.  We tryed to find a place with the game on.  We decided on this hole in wall after a super long walk we were just happy to rest our feet.  Long story short we didn't notice the rainbow flag hanging above the door.  Thats right it was gay bar.  Funny thing, it didn't occur to us intill 2 periods in when my buddy said "Theres no girls here"....((checks the door))..."Yep, its a gay bar".  We settled the tab and lefted without incident.  

What to say.  Shipboard is like Groundhog Day.  I go to gym twice a day.  I'm down to 176lbs.  So I'm pretty proud of myself.  We get fed three times a day.  The food isn't bad at all.  Theres also snack machines with chips, coke, candy, and whatnot.  My job or lack thereof is VERY boring but "Hey, its a living" as the Flintstones garbage dispoal would say.

We'll in Guam on Wednesday.  Should be fun times. 

More updates to follow.

Stay up y'all
YNSN Frederick Felgen, USN

I leave you with this quote

"Sponges grow in the ocean.  That just kills me.  I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn't happen"- Stephen Wright
Current Location: Pacific Ocean
Current Music: Incubus- Wish You Were

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