Sunday, April 12, 2009
Last year we awoke to find Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies just outside our cabin doors. Not sure who pulled that off, but it was hokey and funny and very thoughtful.
This year we awoke to find the toilets weren't working. We had seafood for lunch and then a fire drill. For the drill we shook the kinks out of the port and stbd hoses abeam on the boat deck and fired those puppies up, out on the heli-deck. We had a race to see who could get their hose laid out and charged the fastest. It was...well, it was better than sitting at my desk looking at numbers and squiggly lines. The high point for me came when the Chief gunner and three other guys manned the hose and practiced moving. You have to put one hand on the guy in front of you and call a cadence as you move, so you maintain the right spacing and keep your feet. I told the Chief they looked like a real ugly boy band. He threatened me with the hose but I laughed and laughed.
Now, it's back to the grindstone, missing my family and friends. I hope all of you are home and having a wonderful Easter holiday. And the picture? My favorite Easter Sunday, back in 2003 in Tamarack City, when we walked up to Hungarian Falls in the mist and the fog, exploring the woods and waterfalls, jumping in puddles, getting cold and wet and having a blast.