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 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 …

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 …

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 …

Guido Gets Banned From the Catamaran …Forever

June 5, 2004 One of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday after a hard night of drinking was to hit up Duke’s in Waikiki and kick it at the beach.  It was always a safe bet that there would be tons of cool chicks, a few asshole tourists, maybe a steel-drum band, lots of …

My First SNOB Turnover – May 2004

Entry for May 28, 2004:  SNOB Turnover Dick -> Willie On a nuclear powered submarine, the dudes who work in the engineering department are known as “Nukes.”   Subsequently, those dudes  whom have minimal time left until their expected separation date can call themselves “short.”  Henceforth, the Shortest Nuke On Board can be transformed into …

The Birth of Nugg-Life – April 2004

Entry for April 3, 2004:  Some dude punched my car window Chuck had the brilliant idea that night that we should all roll out to some random beer party.  I had no clue who lived there but they had booze, kegs, a pool, hot-tub, a massive beer-bong …and Nugget.  He told us via cellular telephone …

Holiday Stand Down (2003 into 2004)

Holiday Stand Down was in full effect when I made my first calendar entry.  My boat was moored at Ford Island–which is an island within the harbor of an island–very meta…  But before I get into it, I should tell the story of how I came to know Emily. A month or two earlier, I …