Fall 2005: The Leftovers

TACO’S COUSIN AND HIS GIRLFRIEND VISIT HAWAII; NOVEMBER 2005 The rest of November were very uneventful until the day after Thanksgiving 2005. My cousin and his girlfriend (who is now his wife) came out to Hawai’i. She had been there quite a few times for work and it was my cousins first time to the …

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 …

Dry Dock, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard – Summer 2005

After I had closed the book on the whole Callysta saga, I was ready to find some new sense of normalcy. I was standing in the kitchen, reading some mail, when Gamecock came in from the garage. He had just gotten off a fairly lengthy underway and was still in his poopie-suit, carrying his sea …

Boat returns, Stand-Down begins – May 6, 2005

Just like a party, a vacation or any other good thing in life, augment had to end sometime. And just like a party, I felt like puking at the end. When I saw the boat pulling back into the harbor I became physically ill. The only thing that took the sting away was the knowledge …

Mission #2 Hijinks

Some more dumb shit that we do out of sheer boredom underway: Romy snorts a concoction of garlic powder and crushed red peppers…it doesn’t bode well for him; Darko tried to hang by his feet from the Aft Escape Trunk handle, his foot slips off and he lands violently on his shoulder, he complains about …

Tactical Readiness Examination, July 2004

TRE is all about forward personnel: torpedo room, fire control, navigation, etc…  We had three days in port after ORSE — one of which was spent on duty. On one of the two days I had off, I was at the Ala Moana Mall when I got a call from my buddy Hokie.  We were …