Thursday, June 23, 2011

Want to know what a Submarine is like?

I always get these questions when people find out I was on a submarine when I was in the Navy...

"What was it like to be on a submarine?" Imagine being on a long plane ride with your entire extended family with the windows blacked out, two movies and you run out of peanuts.

Which was followed by "What was the longest you went with out seeing the sun?" 47 days, that was under way not pulling into port. Considering my watch station I usually was able to the periscope on a monitor so I probably saw the sun once a week. I will admit that after long underways it would take my eyes a day until I could focus on object clearly past 30ft.

and Last "Is it true guys mess around on the Sub? You know 80 guys go down and 40 couple come back. Well we did used to mess around with each other mentally, but I never heard of anyone messing around sexually. Nor would I have ever disrespected my shipmates by doing so.

Here are some neat little tricks you can try to see what it's like to be on a Submarine...

I swiped this from someone who, Just swiped this from US NAVY SUBMARINERS page: 50* Suggestions for the ex-submariner that misses “the good old days on the boat”

1. Sleep on the shelf in your closet. Replace the closet door with a curtain. Two to three hours after you fall asleep, have your wife whip open the curtain, shine a flashlight in your eyes , and mumble, “Sorry, wrong rack.”

2. Repeat back everything anyone says to you.

3. Spend as much time as possible indoors and avoid sunlight. Only view the world thru the peephole on your front door.

4. Renovate your bathroom. Build a wall across the middle of your bathtub and move the shower head to waist level. Shower one a week. Use no more than 2 gallons of water per shower.

5. Buy a trash compactor and use it once a week. Store garbage on the other side of your bathtub.

6. Sit in your car for six hours a day with your hands on the wheel and the motor running, but don’t go anywhere. Install 200 extra oil temperature gauges. Take logs on all gauges and indicators every 30 minutes.

7. Put lube oil in your humidifier instead of water and set it to “High.”

8. Watch only unknown movies with no major stars on TV, and then only at night. Have your family vote on which movie to watch, then watch a different one.

9. Don’t do your wash at home. Pick the most crowded laundromat you can find.

10. (Optional for nukes and A-Div) Leave lawnmower running in your living room six hours a day for proper noise level.

11. Have the paperboy give you a haircut.

12. Take hourly readings on your electric and water meters.

13. Invite guests, but don’t have enough food for them.

14. Buy a broken exercise bicycle and strap it down to the floor in your kitchen.

15. Eat only food that you get out of a can or have to add water to.

16. Wake up every night at midnight and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on stale bread. Optional- cold beans and weines, canned ravioli or soup.

17. Make up your family menu a week ahead of time without looking in your food cabinets or refrigerator.

18. Set your alarm clock to go off at random times during the night. When it goes off, jump out of bed and get dressed as fast as you can, then run to your kitchen with the garden hose wearing a scuba mask.

19. Once a month take every major appliance completely apart and then put them back together. Ensure you have parts left over.

20. Use 18 scoops of coffee per pot and allow it to sit for 5 or 6 hours before drinking. Never wash any coffee cups.

21. Invite at least 85 people you don’t really like to come and visit for a couple of months. Limit showers to weekly for all guests. (Unless they are interested in electronics…force those guests to shower three times daily a wear a bottle of stale cologne following each bathing).

22. Store your eggs in your garage for two months and then scramble a dozen each morning.

23. Have a fluorescent lamp installed on the bottom of your coffee table and lie under it to read books.

24. Check your refrigerator compressor for “sound shorts.”

25. Put a complicated lock on your basement door and wear the key on a lanyard around your neck.

26. Lockwire the lugnuts on your car.

27. When making cakes, prop up one side of the pan while it is baking. Then spread icing really thick on one side to level off the top.

28. Every so often, yell “Emergency Deep,” run into the kitchen, and sweep all pots/pans/dishes off the counter onto the floor. Then, yell at your wife for not having the place “stowed for sea.”

29. Put on the headphones from your stereo (don’t plug them in). Go and stand in front of your stove. Say (to nobody in particular) “Stove manned and ready.” Stand there for 3 or 4 hours. Say (once again to nobody in particular) “Stove secured.” Roll up the headphone cord and put them away.

30. Tag out the steering wheel, gas pedal, brake pedal, transmission and cigarette lighter when you change the oil in your car.

31. Use kool aid on all your breakfast cereals for 2 months.

32. Fill laundry tubs with oil. Lay in them on your back and change the washers on the water spigots.

33. While doing laundry, replace liquid fabric softener with diesel fuel… savor the aroma of AMR.

34. Install more commodes in your bathroom. Serve many greasy meals and ensure the entire family goes to the bathroom together.

35. Buy bunk beds and move the whole family into the hallway of your house.

36. Just for fun, rig 700 PSI air to the bottom of all toilets. Hold a lottery to determine who gets to control the air valves.

37. Knock a glass of water out of someone’s hand and yell ‘SPILL.” Shout at them the entire time they clean it up, tell them how worthless they are, then do it again.

38. Give your wife a new pin for her dress, then punch it into her chest.

39. Ask for ‘permission to enter’ whenever you go into the kitchen.

40. At night, replace all light bulbs in the living room with red bulbs.

41. But all food in cases and line the floor with them.

42. Replace all doorways with windows so that you have to step up AND duck to go through them.

43. Rope off a small area of your living room, turn off the AC, put on a suit made of garbage bags and mill around inside the roped off area for an hour with a ziplock bag tied securely around your head.

44. Whenever someone enters a room you’re cleaning, shout “up and over” at them so they’ll go thru the attic to get to the kitchen.

45. Tell your kids to “go find me a can of “relative bearing grease.”

46. Whenever the mailman steps onto your porch, shout “Postmaster General- Arriving”so that everyone in the house can hear you.

47. Paint the windshield of your car black. Make your wife stand thru the sunroof and give you directions on where to drive. Drive thru as many big puddles as possible.

48. Have your kids stand at attention every time you enter the room and make them state quite loudly, “Attention on Deck” or “Make a Hole.”

49. Start every story with “This is a no-shitter.

50. Stay up late watching TV with your kids, drink coffee for 6hrs. Then have one the kids go wake up your wife for a piss break. She comes down and sits in your chair watching the movie and then fills on what you missed.” Then she can go back to bed.

*In the original they skipped #13.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer Listening

Well the summer is here and I thought that I'd take some time to let you know what I have been listening too. Also share some links to some free music that I downloaded and that you might like.

Here's what I have been listening to... 
ESPN: Baseball Today
CBS Fantasy Baseball
The Splendid Table
The Rachel Maddow Show
Real Time with Bill Maher
All Songs Considered

Top 15
The Unknown - Andrea Parker
Tear Your Love Apart - Gomez
If I Had it All - Dave Matthews Band
Angel - Jack Johnson
Yes I Would - Frightened Rabbit
Its All Good - Andrew Ripp
Backdrifts (Honeymoon Is Over) - Radiohead
Walk On - U2
Out of My Mind - Dave Matthews Band
Let's Get Lost (Feat. Jason Mraz) (Live) - Two Spot Gobi
Chorus Jig / The King's Reel - Ashley MacIsaac
Beautifully - Jay Brannan
Voyeur - Blink 182
When My Time Comes - Dawes
Amerimacka - Thievery Corporation

Most Recently Played
Skip the Charades - Cold War Kids
'Central Two-0-Nine' - Robert Plant
Changes - Dirty Vegas
I Learned the Hard Way - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Written On The Forehead - PJ Harvey
The Horizon Has Been Defeated - Jack Johnson
Trumpalump (feat. Joe Goddard) - DELS
You Are A Tourist - Death Cab for Cutie
Seven (Live) - Dave Matthews Band
Gibby Music - Apollo Grooves
Sun Squall (A Spiralling Response) - Arthur Oskan vs. Spiral Into The Storm
Just a Friend - Booker T. Jones
Dixieland Delight - Alabama
Heart of Steel (featuring Irma Thomas) - Galactic
Evil Urges - My Morning Jacket

As you can see my musical tastes are pretty diverse and I will listen to about anything. I do tend to stay away from the Top 40, Pop, Metal and anything to Gansta. If you have any tracks that you think I should check out just drop me a comment. I'll be glad to check it out and let you know what I think.

I hope you think about adding them to your play list for the summer. Now for some free stuff...

Dave Matthews Band Caravan 7-Song MP3 Sampler


DMB Caravan offers downloads of its Dave Matthews Band Caravan 7-Song MP3 Sampler for free via iTunes. (Copy the "Download Code", then click the "Get it free on iTunes" button.) That's $9 under the lowest price we could find for these songs if downloaded separately elsewhere. This sampler from the Caravan festivals features songs from Dave Matthews Band, Fitz and The Tantrums, O.A.R., Gomez, Dr. Dog, Dawes, and Bobby Long. Deal ends October 5.

Spin Magazine July 14-Song MP3 Playlist

Spin Magazine offers downloads of its Spin Magazine July 14-Song MP3 Playlist for free via iTunes. (Copy the "Download Code" that appears on the right, then click the "Get it free on iTunes" button.) That's tied with a similar Spin offer from May and the best deal we've seen for these tracks. (These songs would cost about $14 if purchased individually at the lowest price available.) Artists include John Maus, The Rosebuds, Little Dragon, Dels, Country Mice, and more. Deal expires July 31. .

Spin Magazine June 14-Song MP3 Playlist
Spin Magazine offers downloads of its Spin Magazine June 15-Song MP3 Playlist for free via iTunes. (Copy the "Download Code" that appears on the right, then click the "Get it free on iTunes" button.)

Spin Magazine Celebrates 20 Years of Lollapalooza
Spin Magazine offers downloads of its Spin Magazine celebrates 20 Years of Lollapalooza with a 20-Song MP3 Playlist for free via iTunes. (Copy the "Download Code" that appears on the right, then click the "Get it free on iTunes" button.)It's a pretty good download it features artist such as Moby, My Morning Jacket, Company of Theives, Jane's Addiction and many more. There are 20 tracks in all and it

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Dad's Day!!!

I just wanted to wish my Dad and all of the other Fathers out there a Happy Fathers Day!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bruins Win!!!

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins on winning the Stanley Cup! It's nice to see that the cup is headed back to Boston for the first time in almost 40 years. This is the first time that I have seen it in my lifetime (that I can remember) and it's sweet. I wish I was in Boston to join in the celebration. 

Final score, Game 7, Stanley Cup Finals: Bruins 4, Canucks 0

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff
Thanks to the two-goal performances of Marchand and linemate Patrice Bergeron, as well as another spectacular performance in net by Tim Thomas (37 saves), the Boston Bruins are at last rejoicing again.

The Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Rogers Arena, 4-0, becoming the Stanley Cup champions for the first time since the big, bad glory days of Orr and Espo in 1972. The victory ends a 39-year title drought and gives the Bruins a place on the pedestal (or the at least the duck boats) alongside the Celtics (2007), Patriots (2001, '03, '04) and Red Sox (2004, '07) as champions during this unprecendented era of all-around professional sports success in the city.

The victory was the Bruins' first here during the series in three tries here in Vancouver, which had won Games 1, 2, and 5 here despite scoring a total of just five goals on their home ice and eight overall in the series. The Bruins won all three games at the Garden by a 17-3 advantage, but winning in Vancouver was a tall challenge.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Go Bruins!!!

No that the Altanta Thrashers have been sold and are loading up the moving vans to head back North of the border. I won't have a chance to see my favorite and the team I loved growing up. I've always love watching hockey and especially the Bruins. I can remember watching Cam Nelly, Ray Bourque, Terry O'Reilly, Andy Moog, Reggie Lemlin, Dave Christian and Craig Janney, all of which are my favorite players.

Only one game separates the Bruins from Lord Stanley's Cup, which has been raised in glory by the Bruins since I was a wee little lad. With the current class of players like Tim Thomas, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Mark Recchi I think the odds are in thier favor and I hope they win it for Nathan Horton who is out because of a late hit, which just made you cringe when you saw it. So I have my fingers crossed and I hope the they get the chance the team has been playing phenomenally this year and deserve it.








Sunday, June 05, 2011

US History 101

Since Sarah Palin is having such a hard time with common American history I thought that I would help the dunce out. This has always been one of my favorite pieces of American literature and since it is written in prose it should help her remember it. But this is based on the assumption that she can actually read. Hey maybe she can ask one of her brats to read to her before she goes to bed tonight. As I like to say "Reading is for-the-Mental." I can believe that any sane person actually wants this douche bag in the White House.

"Paul Revere's Ride"
from Tales of a Wayside Inn; The Landlord's Tale
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,–
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm."

Then he said "Good-night!" and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,–
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel’s tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, "All is well!"
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,–
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse’s side,
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns.

A hurry of hoofs in a village street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer’s dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, black and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadow brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,—
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

I highly recommend reading the complete work which is available on's kindle for FREE (

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


Mother Nature is not wasting anytime letting us know that summer is here, even though we have another 20 day until it is official. It's going to be a couple of degrees shy of 100 (F) here in Atlanta today. Though in the city surrounded by concrete and asphalt it will probably exceed that, ugh. I'm not ready for the Broiler just yet, can't we just put things on simmer at least for a couple more weeks? Let us just hope that this is just an outlier and not the start of a trend for the summer.  Well enjoy these beauties as they cool off, I wish i could join them but I'm off to work in an hour or so.

On a side note today is the first day of the Hurricane Season. :-(
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