Taco Is Broke

Like I said earlier, I rarely had money troubles in the Navy, but going to mast and losing half month’s pay for two months hurts. Luckily though, I got some back-pay that the Navy owed me. I was sitting around at the tagout team office looking at my Leave & Earnings Statement and AlaskanAssassin came …

Taco goes to Mast, Darko becomes a civilian – September 2005

The date was Thursday, August 1st, 2005 and I had duty. The previous afternoon, before leaving work, I had turned in my TLD for monthly reading and documentation. So after turnover Thursday morning I went up to Newt and told him to get me a new TLD. He was crabby or something and told me …

Augment, Spring 2005

When we got to the airport, I ordered a pizza and scarfed it; it was delicious. It’s odd how everything tastes, smells, and looks better when you’re in a good mood like that. It’s like a high no drug can match. The flight was awesome. International flights offer free booze. I pounded about three Jack-and-Cokes …

Yokosuka, Japan ..and the end of my WestPac ’04-’05

On 26 Feb 2005, we finally pulled into Yoko, a day that Romy and I had been counting down to since the first Guam stop.  We were here finally!  It was cold and snowy.  I had duty the first night in, but I found a way off the boat.  They were looking for volunteers to …

Promotion – Spring 2004

OFFICER PACKAGE AND DRB; LAST  DAYS OF APRIL 2004 The Navy had a program called ‘STA-21’ whereby enlisted men can catapult themselves to the officer ranks.  They are required to file paperwork and submit themselves to a rigorous interview process.  It’s the Navy equivalent to a lottery and if applicants are extremely lucky, they will …