I’m a little tired tonight. I spent about an hour logging a bunch of quotes from Andy Stanley’s “Next Generation Leader”, which I’m trying to digest while aboard ship. I honestly thought I’d burn through a couple books while I was here, but it’s not looking like that’s gonna happen. I’ve been busy running all over the ship, going on Tiger tours, and sleeping. Either I’m not sleeping good at night (which I think I am), or my body is just using this time to catch up on the past few years of not sleeping well. I don’t know. Chris says that your body has to compensate a lot and get used to being on the ship – maybe that’s it. Lot’s of walking, climbing, standing, etc.
Today we spent some time at the Combat Information Center. Basically it’s a high tech area with tons of radar and navigation equipment, giving the bridge more info, and they can also control the SSDS (ship self defense system). Pretty cool stuff, I didn’t take pictures cuz I didn’t want to worry if there were classified things in there.
I can’t really remember the order of things, but be we ended up down in the well deck at the LCAC’s, where Chris and his crew gave us an extensive tour of the hover-crafts. 16,000 horsepower, 200 mile range, 50 knots, 60 tons payload – pretty cool crafts. Of course I’ve already had a ride on one and Chris has basically schooled me on them, but it was cool to see all the stuff up close. I got to sit in the engineer’s seat for about a half an hour while on the tour (this would be the center seat in the cockpit).
Pizza casserole for lunch. Then a nap. Hung out while Chris cleaned out his rack, then dinner. Mexican food night – I had a salad. Another fun night hanging out in the First Class Mess. Then we had an Ice Cream Social – nice! Pirates of the Caribbean (all 3 of them) running on the ships TV. Now we’re watching King Kong, and I’m about ready to hit the sack. We’re up early tomorrow and we lose another hour as we get closer to California. Just a couple more days until I get to see Jen & the kiddos!