Tuesday, 02 November 2004

Well, after what I can honestly say was one of the best weeks of my life, I am back home again, quite tired but feeling great.

I got to spend time with a good friend, and made a new one, too. I saw the dedication, hard work, fun and shenanigans of the young people that make the USS John C. Stennis work. If you ever have a chance to sail on a US Navy ship for a cruise, take the opportunity, no matter what. You'll be glad you did.

Being home again feels both great and terrible. I could have spent another few weeks, easily - Mostly because of the people I had the opportunity and privilege to meet and spend time with.

From this cruise I take home a number of important things:

  • Spending only a day and a half in Hawaii is as close as you can get to committing a sin without paying for it by going to hell. So, I have to go back. The north shore is awesome.
  • Good friends just happen.
  • Getting old sucks.
  • Being old is a state of mind.
  • The modern aircraft carrier is an incredibly amazing system, and a terrific example of the integration of people, process and technology.
  • People make the world go round, and it takes all kinds.
  • If you spend a week sleeping on a big ship on the ocean, don't be surprised if you wake up on land to the feeling of swaying. Woah.
  • The F-14 Tomcat is FREAKING LOUD. It's also being retired, which is a sad thing. And end of an era.

People are emailing, IM'ing and calling me asking for pictures and how it went. Coming soon - I'm pretty wiped and still need to unpack my crap. Plenty of pictures and stories to come. Probably 20 of you will be interested in my trip, and hundreds of others will wonder what happened to the random technology posts. Oh well, it's my blog, and heck, I'm still trying to figure out why anyone pays attention anyhow! ;)



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Tuesday, 02 November 2004 14:17:24 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Welcome Home! Good to hear you had a fantastic time! I have checked daily just because and was hoping to hear something along the way. Look forward to the hundreds of pictures you took too! (Smile)
Get some rest and then blog blog blog away!
Chris
Tuesday, 02 November 2004 16:47:53 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
welcome back. : )
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