DDG 63, USS Stethem will be home for the next five years.
Homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.
First beer in four months. So good, you have no idea.
On calm days the light blue highway with its frothy curbstones stretches along the great flat ocean to the horizon. This highway needs no signs; it tells friends and foes alike a ship has passed this way. If you follow along this road, your seaman-sharp eyes telling you where we zigged and where we zagged, you will come finally to the thrashing turbulence forced out by our screws; you will have arrived at our fantail, the after limits of a waterborne military community. And should you follow along the welded smooth side of our hull, past the splashing overboard discharges, you will soon come to the swishing white bow-wave, jumping constantly clear, and to the sharp stem cleaving the unmarked sea ahead, these extremities of our life.
CHRIST, I would do almost anything to be able to work aboard a battleship! Just fucking beautiful.
My Friday. Also getting sick. Need drinks. (at Naval Station Great Lakes)
Art. According to the Navy. (at Naval Station Great Lakes)
I live no more than 150 yards from Lake Michigan but still have not made it a priority to walk down there. (at Naval Station Great Lakes)
This is how I spend my days/weeks.
Am not prepared for winter storm part two.
But I was sure to stock up on beer.
I’ve really got to get my shit together.
Not so much tangible things. Tangible things can be planned, plans can be adjusted, lists can be made, and items added and completed as required.
I carry a book of lists with me at all times.
I like plans. I like lists. These things suit my hyper-analytical thought processes. Even when they amount to shit. As long as I can construct a list, I have something to rely on.
It’s the things that seemingly occur at random that keep me awake. A lot of life is a crap shoot. And that’s alright. I just have a difficult time reconciling those things and lack coping skills.
I’ve got a relatively large life change coming my way soon. I know it’s going to be difficult and it has been difficult to prepare for. I’m excited, and apprehensive. Nervous.
I don’t have anything else to note.