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 …