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January 5th, 2006
05:15 pm

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All you can eat
It's Thursday. Which means it is all you can eat steak and popcorn shrimp at the 'O'-club. I think I'm going to be delirious, because eating is serious!

Tuesday - All you can eat Mexican @ Blue Water Grill

Wednesday - All you can eat Itialian @ Blue Water Grill

Friday - All you can drink @ Arny's room

Current Mood: Fat
Current Music: Big Country - In a Big Country

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December 30th, 2005
09:21 pm

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I am a terrible writer
I don't know what I'm doing. I've been doing this Navy thing for over two years. Two years of my life wasted, in a way. I haven't really accomplished anything in these two years. Sure I have made Plane Captian, E-4, and got my wings, but I don't feel like I have improved as a person. I have had no romantic relationships aside from one-night things. Things that happen with alcohol. The only problem I have with girls now is the language barrier, or the fact that they are "Navy girls," a dangerous and vile species.

Lately I have been thinking about going back to school to finish a degree. But the more I think about it, the more I remember what I hated about college. First thing I think of when I think of college is that it is a continuation of high school. You would think that people would get over their shit high school problems. Not true. Another thing I hated about college was people hiding behind fake multiculturalism to get their point across. I am really not sure hot to explain how that works, but I'm sure nobody reads this so I don't care how crappily I explain it. These morons fresh from high school will say something along the lines of 'blalala indians(native americans) blah blah oil in Alaska blah blah Republicans blah evil blah' just to agree with the instructor and get a good grade. Fags. When I do go back to school, I will be older(at least 26), so these things will just annoy me more. Maybe I should look at going to one of those schools for 'untraditional students.' I remember also hating those untraditionals that would bring their kids to class. This isn't a daycare people! If you can't find a babysitter, you shouldn't be bringing little Connor with you, distracting everyone else.

I still don't know what I want to do with my life. The way I see it, I have three options. I could get out the Navy, go to school and get a job. I could reenlist for a few years, get some much deserved shore duty and finish school and then get out. Or I could Make the Navy a career. I don't see the third option happening because I eventually want to have a family, and the Navy is not a good place to rase one with the constant moves and deployments, not to mention the divorce rate. Joining the Navy has been the best and the worst decision of my life. On the plus side, it got me out of the rut I was in. I've been able to see some things and go some places. The down side is that my life is on hold for five years. I think this is the longest post I have ever made.

Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Peter Gabriel - Big Time

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October 22nd, 2005
05:28 pm

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Here are some pictures of my trip to Iwo Jima.

http://homepage.mac.com/brendaneph/PhotoAlbum3.html

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October 21st, 2005
08:44 pm

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I have a live journal account?
Its been a while since I've updated this thing. I just got back from Iwo Jima, where I spent Monday through Friday fueling jets for 16 hours a day. I did get to see some of the island. Climbed Mt. Suribachi, explored some caves, and found a crashed airplane. I would post pictures, but I'm too lazy and tired. Maybe I'll post some cool pictured in December when I get back from this cruise I'm going on. I hate the boat.

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August 30th, 2005
06:14 pm

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Stupid things that make me happy
I just ordered two new pairs of work gloves and was reminded how much pleasure I had to put on my last pair of brand new gloves. The smell, the stiffness, the texture. Nothing compares to a pair of premium work gloves.


When I was launching my jet today, I noticed that the avionics bays smelled really good. I assume that they reminded me of my old job in the electrician shop where I would actually work on those components. I don't really miss that job, though.

Drinking in public makes me happy. I like enjoying my outside juice in the streets. Japan is the only country I have been where that is not illegal. That will probably be the one thing that I will miss most about Japan when I leave. There is nothing like drinking an apple chu-hi while wandering the streets drunk.

I think I need a hobby. All I do is go to work, eat, stare at my computer or TV and go to sleep. On the weekends I tend to drink, but that is hardly a hobby.

Current Mood: tiredtired

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August 25th, 2005
10:16 pm

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Its been a few minutes since I have made an update.
What is there to do on the internet? I used to be able to sit at my computer for hours at a time doing stuff. I can't remember what kept me so entertained. Maybe it is that I don't play games anymore, and only use my computer for IMing, email, movies, and music. I have lost touch with the message boards that I used to go to. Being at sea for months at a time will do that, I guess. Jeepers. I bought a playstation before last cruise expecting to play games on it. I bought GT4, Def jam: Fight for NY, and Star Ocean. Of these games, I think I put about five or six hours into GT4, and no time into the others. The only thing I use the PS2 for is to play DVDs. I just made an order at Amazon. In a week or two, I'll be the proud owner of every Arnold movie he every starred in. Bleh. I want to go outside, but there is a typhoon. Poopy rain. If its not raining on Saturday, I'll be climbing Mt. Fuji. That should be fun. I am watching Japanese TV. This shit sucks. All of the channels are the same. One cute girl, one ugly girl, one old man, one young man with bad hair. It sounds something like this: "jsdgkjnnsdkjbnsdokbjviksdjgvoisjdnvgoisdjnviosndgiosungsudg oaehgo uheosgh odsgho hgojisdho jesho jhgeojheosjghosejghosehg o oisjfoioewgorin orugueruiocrsmopusrehiesovniurois n goiorhui guhouineruignvos geroiu hsomier gmoh oruighouireciopvmhgpvmwerh puhroewiv iuohgoierusogmsprow3mhcwuih urig uruht85hoirugirhg r hgor onortnomg uorguoigwruohgrhcjioweqoipeujmovrtguioroaiwuhoqiuhiocaowzxouoeuvporim poricmwreioutyaywetcreuexeruicmvirbyioub,ptoikrcoiyuyxrtxtrbcuycuhjikojiu9y8h7ycbxhjviftfmcknjdbghcyuvgijetfkrdociuhfjrdjkfivguufydufhnwrejkfrfcw,mlqjius98qwer." The only good thing about Japanese TV is the commercials.

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April 19th, 2005
06:06 pm

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I never know what to write in this thing.
Every time I open up livejournal, I write a few sentences and close the browser never to make an actual post. Its crazy that I can't even make a three paragraph post about a seven week at sea period, but some people can write a novel about their morning routine. It really frustrates me that I can't get my thoughts on paper...or computer or whatever. Maybe this is why I never did too well in college? When I was told to write an essay that is no less than seven pages, I would always wonder why. I could easily make a better, more concise essay if there was a maximum page limit vice a minimum. What the hell am I typing about?

I moved to a new room over the weekend. I have alot more space, but I can tell already that my roommate is going to get on my nerves. For one thing, like half the people in the Navy, he is a smoker. The room has that 'smoker smell' in it. He listens to his music all the time, which gets a little old. There are a few more things that cheese me off, but I'll learn to live with him, and he'll learn to live with me. The plus side of moving is that I have alot more space. Instead of sharing a bunk, I have my own bed. I am also stealing internet from one of my neighbors.

Damnit! My life is so boring. I really really really need to get off this TAD thing. I'm tired of not working on jets. The results of the advancement exam come out next month, so maybe I made it. 'Petty Officer Fellows' has a nice ring to it. 'AE3 Fellows' sounds better. Wait wait... 'AE3 (AW) Fellows' sounds much, much better. The chances of me making it are pretty slim, but there is hope. If I don't make it this time, I WILL make it next time, as I'll have nothing but time to study on the next cruise. I'll also have time to work on my wings, which would look shit hot on an airman. So those are my career goals for the next six months. Get off this TAD time, make 3rd class, and get my wings. All of that is achievable.

I spend money on the dumbest things. For example, Yesterday I decided to stay in Yokosuka after work to buy some uniform items I can't get in Atsugi, and also visit a patch store just off base. At the uniform store I noticed that they have knives. I look at them for a few minutes and buy a small gerber pocket knife and a mutherfucking KA-BAR. WTF do I need a knife that big for? The only thing I'm going to use it for is cutting limes for my beer. $45 I'll never get back. At least I have a cool knife. My spending has been like this ever since I got of cruise three weeks ago. Money just flies out of my bank account for shit I don't need. At least I got that check for $638 in backpay from UPS. Now I feel like I can buy more shit that I don't really need. I should keep my money where I cant get to it.

Current Mood: lazylazy

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April 4th, 2005
08:51 pm

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The Get Money Crew strikes again!!!
I've been off the boat for a week now. One of the easiest weeks of my life. We worked four hours on Tuesday and four hours on Wednesday, and had the rest of the week off. Four day weekends are awesome! Sadly, Sunday night our liberty was cut short because of some shit that went down. All Carrier Strike Group 5 sailors O-5 (yes...O-5. Not E-5) and below have had liberty suspended until further notice. Thats pretty much all hands from the Kitty Hawk, 1 cruiser, 2 destroyers, and 7 squadrons. That is about 6000 people under house arrest. LOL. I can only be in my room or at work.

Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Current Music: Bananarama - Robert De Niro's Waiting

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March 29th, 2005
03:18 pm

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Back from cruise
Well I got back from my seven week deployment from hell. Seven weeks of mess cranking in the Ward Room. Seven weeks of taking out garbage, washing greasy pans and dishes, and mopping decks fourteen hours a day, every day. When I wasn't doing those things, I was sleeping, showering, or jerking off. I hate that fucking piece of shit boat. About the only thing good about the past seven weeks has been the ports. Hong Kong was just awesome. One of the coolest places I have ever been. Everyone there wants to give you a "massage" or sell you a fake Rolex. The folexes in Hong Kong were of much higher quality compaired to those found in Korea.

Korea was pretty alright. There was alot of stuff to buy for really really really ridicously cheap. Other than that, it was like bizzarro Vancouver. Everyone had a midnight curfew there. From E-1 to O-10, every one had to be back on the boat or in a hotel by 2359 every night. And the MPs were out in force. Here in Japan, the MAs and SPs have no real power out in town, but in Korea the MPs have actual athority.

Sealab is a pretty accurate depiction of life on a boat. A bunch of people isolated from real society for weeks and months at a time will do some pretty oddball things to keep entertained. My favorite game was to see what the garbage disposal would eat. We put plates and wooden spoons down it. We had to stop that game when we put silverware down it and it broke.

For the next four weeks I'll have to commute to the boat every day and clean out spaces. A very easy job, but no what I want to be doing. When we pull back out in a month, I'll have to clean toilets and stuff like that. Still not what I want to be doing. I just want to fix some jets. Hopefully I'll make 3rd class this cycle. Not likely, but possible. That way I can get out of this TAD period early and go back to fixing jets. bakalaka bakalaka

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March 28th, 2005
07:43 pm

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Pusan is for Pimps and arms dealers.


Cruise was crap, but the ports were fun.

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