Friday, March 13, 2009

Poem I read today...

Got this poem from a friend on Facebook. I wanted to make sure I didn't lose it, and thought it would be a nice poem to share here anyways. I hope you enjoy it.

The sailor stood and faced his God which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you sailor, how shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?"

The sailor squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who stand the watch can't always be a saint.

I had to work most Sundays and at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent, because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny that wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place among the people here,
They never wanted me around except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much, but if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne where the saints had often trod
As the sailor waited quietly, for the judgment of his God.

Step forward now, you sailor, you've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets. you've done your time in Hell."

Author Unkown

Monday, March 9, 2009

Sweet Home Jacksonville?

I am finally home. For more than just a few days. After OCS, I drove back to Jacksonville from Rhode Island... it is a 20 hour drive so I split it up into 2 and a half days. I visited friends in Jersey, D.C., and North Carolina. Once I got home I had 4 days to rest and then drove to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. :) I had never been before and sprung for a 4 night hotel room as a graduation present to myself. I was joined by Jimmel and my buddy Reggie from OCS. Let me tell you... 4 days in New Orleans was almost too much. My wallet is still suffering and I think I might need a new liver. It was a good time. Check out my Facebook if you want to see some pictures from our time there. After New Orleans I drove back to Jacksonville (9 hours) and stayed for 4 more days. Then I was off to Pensacola (5.5 hours). Pensacola for 4 days, and now I am back in Jax. Ridiculous? I think so. Anyhow, here are a few pictures of my commissioning and a picture of Jimmel and I at the beach. (Sorry guys no speedo this time, maybe later) I am definately in much better shape than when I left. Keep checking back, I should start my "Initial Flight Screening" in a couple months and will have pictures of the aircraft I am flying and maybe some videos from the air. See you guys soon.

On liberty in OCS

Hotel room pimpin'


Almost Spring Break ready!

The Skinny on OCS...

Well... it has been almost a month since my commissioning (the 13th of February) and I am currently enjoying wearing the uniform of a Naval Officer. OCS was a tougher journey than I thought it would be. I guess I thought that it would be similar to bootcamp (alot of yelling, alot of running, and push-ups), but it wasn't. Of course there was yelling (by the Drill Instructors), a lot of running (which I am not very good at), and a ridiculous amount of push-ups (thank you Gunny Coyer for the infamous "8 counts, ready... begin"). But I guess I wasn't ready for the mental stress that came along with the program and added to the physical stress that my out of shape body was going through. I'm not going to make this a multiple paragraph crying section, but I will offer this advice for anyone interested in an OCS program (especially the Navy's)... get your mind right. It is hard, long, and just plain miserable. I am glad it is over, and ready to move on to bigger and better things. Here are some pics of the "fun" times. :)

The SUYA pit (Sand Up Your A$$)

Just for fun

Always sweaty...

Get the idea? Lol.