Stand Down

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Myself as Chris Pratt from Jurassic World, with Jameson and Molly playing very ferocious raptors.

Things are starting to wind down at work and we’re moving into Christmas stand down. It’s a military word to basically mean that people are on leave and work has been minimized so that only a skeleton crew will man the boat. It’s a nice change of pace, though I haven’t stood duty in a few months so it doesn’t really impact me.

This Christmas, however, I will be home and opening presents with Carissa and the dogs. Last Christmas, I was in Sasebo, Japan on duty. That was a pretty lame Christmas. The Christmas before that, we had just arrived in Hawaii two days earlier. It’s hard to think that we’ve already been here so long because deployment was essentially the same as a time machine for me.

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Jameson and Molly at Bellows Beach, oil on canvas.

It seemed crazy to me to miss so much last year. Halloween, Thanksgiving, our anniversary, Carissa’s birthday, Christmas, New Year, and a few other holidays mixed in between. For this year, I was home and I made sure to do better than a late e-mail. I commissioned an amazing painting of our dogs playing at our favorite beach for our third anniversary. And Christmas presents are still coming in as I write this.

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Festive in Hawaii. Give me a couple of years and I’ll be the Santa!

I think I’m slowly becoming an old, boring man these days, and I’m okay with that. I keep looking forward to the future when I start my post-Navy career and settle down. It’s coming up sooner than I can realize, and I’m sure that I’ll look back on this later.

It’s actually a little hard to imagine me posting to this blog as a 12 year old kid. I never thought I’d end up here, but I’m glad I have.

 

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