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Tuesday I woke up at 3:45a.m. and went in to work. By 6:30a.m. I was signed in as Watch Officer for the propulsion plant and proceeded to do nearly non-stop plant work, tasks requiring sustained and accurate mental focus, until 3:00a.m. Wednesday morning. I then went to bed, woke up at 5:15a.m. Wednesday morning and turned the plant over at 6:30a.m., after which I went about a full work day until around 4:30 that afternoon at which point I left “early” as it seems to be these days.

That is my life onboard Enterprise in 3-section duty. It is why I’m tired all the time. Such impossible things are expected of me and in turn I expect such impossible things of my men. And we do it, every day, typically without error. We’re not in Afghanistan or Iraq and we don’t fly the jets which garner so much attention. We’re the forgotten operators deep in the classified and rarely mentioned power plants of carriers like Enterprise. Very intelligent, highly trained, and typically neglected.

In other news Tovah and I have an exciting announcement: we’re foster parents! Monday we were evaluated by the Virginia German Shepherd Rescue and found to be suitable foster parents. Barely an hour after Connie (the rescue employee) left, we received an e-mail that our home was already needed. Two days later Keri entered our lives. She was a stray and about to be put down at the local animal control shelter.

She’s quite a bit older and has arthritis and as such lacks the playfulness that gets most dogs adopted which is why she presumably lingered at the shelter for so long. She does however have a lot of love to give and is already a friendly and calm member of our home. Remmy is a little disappointed he doesn’t have another fountain of energy to play with but he’s getting over it. Tovah and I will provide her with a safe home, provide a little training, get some weight back on her, and ultimately have discretionary power over what “forever home” she ends up going to once an applicant is screened by the rescue. It is looking to be a fun adventure full of tail wags and happy dogs.

Not much going on. Tovah and I love the time we are able to get together, even if it isn’t much. Last night we went on a spur of the moment double date with some friends and saw the movie 9. Though it was amazing in its attention to detail surrounding character, prop, and setting design, the story was very predictable and left a lot to be desired, ultimately detracting from what could have been a much stronger movie. Continuing in the post-apocalypse genre I’m very excited for The Road next month. A gritty survival story about a man protecting his family after societal collapse? Count me in!

I could go on and on about the trials and triumphs of my life and work but it’s time for bed and another duty day awaits me in the morning.

Comments

Comment from m
Time September 11, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I think that more people appreciate your hard work than you think. The average Joe knows that there is more to our military than those serving in overseas. Keep up the good work and kudos to both of you for saving Keri. She’s a lucky girl! xoxo

Comment from Mom/Alison
Time September 11, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Duh! I am “m”….

Comment from Nick
Time September 12, 2009 at 12:53 am

That much work sucks, is absurd, and (IMO) is dangerous.
Cool about the other dog, though.
And I disagree with you about 9, I enjoyed it.

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