Afterword

As this journal came to a close, I had 25 months left in the Navy. It seemed like eternity… and in Navy time it was! Two years in real life flies by, but it seemed like an eternity in those days. 2006 was characterized by a move to the East side of Kailua; a nicer …

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 …

Stand-Down Ends, Getting Ready for Dry Dock – June 2005

On June 2, 2005 I got to play my favorite golf course in a tournament with my CO, the XO [who was a douche, but whatever, you know it’s golf] and one of the JOs with whom I had become friends. We played Klipper on the Marine Corps base, which was right by my house. …

Kailua, Hawaii and Leave of Absence – April 2005

Other than buying a new car, signing a lease and moving into a house with Gamecock and Hokie, seeing SmellyCrotch every now and then, augment was very uneventful and kind of boring. Kailua turned out to be heaven on Earth. When I die, I hope heaven is Kailua and a golf course with a caddy …

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 …