So, it’s been 7 weeks since I last updated before I started Prototype. I finally finished the off crew period. Essentially, for the first 7 weeks of the pipeline you’re stuck in a classroom getting lectures all the time and trying to memorize a bunch of random facts and schematics about every system on the boat. The process starts off with you studying your material in a handbook and then trying to take a ridiculously hard computer test that you’ll fail the first time. Then, two hours later, you can retake it and pass. Then you have to track down a qualified staff member and do a verbal “check out” to get everything signed off in your books. There’s more to it than that of course, but it’s really boring and even thinking about it makes me depressed. It really is a pretty awful experience (and I’m leading the class in points right now!). Being a Nuke is almost ridiculous at times.
For the next however many weeks (in theory 20 weeks), I’ll be actually spending most of my day on the submarine and doing actual work, on top of getting more “check outs” and some time in the classroom. It’s rotating shifts of 12 hour days for 7 days and about 2 days off after that. No more weekends! I hope I’ll actually be able to see Carissa a little, but it’s going to be pretty hard. Oh well, that’s the Navy for you.
If you’re wondering if I’ve done anything at all since being at Prototype, I haven’t. There’s just no time. I get home from work and then go to sleep, and then on the weekends we usually grill out and drink. Doing nothing becomes one of the best experiences in your life when all you do is work.
The only real news is that I got a tattoo. I had been planning on one for a long time and I’ve debated actually getting on for the last few weeks. Last Sunday I went to a few shops and found an amazingly talented artist (Josh at Artistic Ink). He’s a traveling artist and he really did hook me up. It took about 6 hours just for the lines; and in two weeks, I’ll get the color. Can’t wait to see how it looks!