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Old 06-03-2011, 06:59 PM   #201
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Maybe she's just learned from the underwater mistakes of her father. "No sweaty nuclear sardine tins for me!"
Hey, I did my part, we got her a tour of the USS TEXAS and made her don an emergency air-breathing mask. She'll get another taste of that in a few weeks.

We talk a lot about being a trailblazer (women in submarines) like her mother was (women at USNA) and about the oxymoronic concept of family/work balance.

However today she's pursuing her interests in a completely different direction. She really enjoyed her CH-53 ride and "rotorhead" has been added to her list:
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:17 AM   #204
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On a trail run this morning, we came across this:





About a mile up the jeep trail, Bubba and his buddy were snoozing, and woke up when we ran by. It was their truck, apparently he ran up on a rock in the wee hours of the morning, probably while taking a swig, and it just tipped over on them. They suggested that the 6 of us ought to be able to tip it back over, but we declined.

This really made our morning.
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Bubba forgot the the trail driving essentials, winch and a high lift jack.
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Bubba forgot the the trail driving essentials, winch and a high lift jack.
Oh, it sounds like he had the Jack...
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:35 PM   #208
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Just out for a walk the other day with DW, took this one at the pond around the corner from the house. She was annoyed that I interrupted the pace, then says "That picture looks nice!"

Sigh. I just can't win.
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Our daughter's summer NROTC training continues. Last week was Marine Corps week, during which they were not allowed to use any electronic evidence devices. I don't know any of the details (yet) but she was extremely impressed. However she doesn't sound like she's ready to change her scholarship to Marine Option.

This is "surface warrior week" aboard the USS PELELIU. (The Navy calls it an amphibious assault ship. The Marines call it a taxicab licensed for fighter jets and high explosives.) The whole purpose of this summer training is to persuade the midshipmen to sign up for more-- so they had fuel for the Harriers and the landing craft, and they had plenty of ammunition.

This week was her first experience with a .50-cal machine gun and the Navy firefighting ensemble. (Hopefully they were separate evolutions, but you never know what kind of fun they have in mind for the mids.) She took care to point out the tracer tips on the ammunition, and she enjoyed their firefighting drill. She thinks surface line is mighty fine!

Our tax dollars at work, folks...
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CORTRAMID concluded with a week at Submarine Base San Diego, including an overnight embark on USS KENTUCKY. In retrospect I should've seen this career choice coming from a long way off. Apparently the pull of The Force is very strong:
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Hiked into one of our favourite locations in Olympic National Park. First real summer day yet this season and we missed the holiday crowds. Sure is a lot of snow in the Western mountains.



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Sorry I just found this thread after posting a couple of pictures in another thread. Resposting here a couple of pictures from Guatemala. A few of the children you see in these pictures have been abandoned.
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During a walk through Foster Island in the Seattle Arboretum, we spotted a Great Blue Heron in a tree. Saturday 7/2 was 75 degrees with clear sunny skies.

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Andy warhol in union square with his trusty polaroid camera around his neck..



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The first one shot at f/5.6, 1/8 second, the other at f/22, 3 seconds, both with 300 mm lens.
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This week was her first experience with a .50-cal machine gun...
Doggies, boy! Somebody's got trouble ahead!
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Officers aren't allowed to touch that stuff, so she has to enjoy it while she can...

I don't know exactly what her college's policy is for firearms in the dorms, but when she showed up at orientation week the campus police were handing out free gun locks.
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Officers aren't allowed to touch that stuff, so she has to enjoy it while she can...

I don't know exactly what her college's policy is for firearms in the dorms, but when she showed up at orientation week the campus police were handing out free gun locks.
Time for the obligatory, "well it is texas after all", quote.
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Time for the obligatory, "well it is texas after all", quote.
I have to agree that sweating your butt off in Texas and the other hazards of [insert REWahoo's Texas Defamation League list here] still beats freezing in South Bend, Pittsburgh, Annapolis, or Troy.
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