Sunday, December 13, 2009

free at last, free at last

Allright, so since last weekend, we are free from galley duty. Thank god.

The last week of galley was making us hit our low points and our tempers at high points. Although when the new class filed in the galley on thursday to begin learning their new positions it was a great sight. It seems like just yesterday when we first learned our roles in the kitchen. Now that were out of the kitchen, we've moved to detail month and class.

Detail month is ten times better then galley duty. All that has to be done is morning, lunch, and evening details inside and outside that must be completed muster of each segment of the day. Your details are then broken up between a small group and up to you to divide the work from there. For example, I have inside detail of sweeping and mopping the 4th deck common area and cleaning up the parking lot. Now between my group members I only have to do usually one morning and one evening detail a day so its not that bad. But if someone forgets to do their detail in your group and you get caught, your all screwed.

Class room has been awesome as well. We have been doing life boat training and preparing for our certifications. Today we got all of our coxswain (lifeboat commander for any nonsailors out there) testing done and I passed the instructing and rowing. Now were working on davits and lowering the lifeboats for the next couple days. Its all very interesting material and i find it easy to stay focused in class which is a great plus.

So now that I have free time, i've been watching movies on the weekends, playing a ton of ping pong, working out, and enjoying there Amazing sauana. They are all privelages that are very much earned at this place. haha

Oh, color guard is going well by the way, so far no major mess ups but its getting freaking cold out and since we have to wear a special uniform that does not include gloves or jackets, Im getting pretty cold every morning.

Anyways, all for now, Ill update again when i get some time.

Friday, December 4, 2009

One more week

Like the title said, only one more week of galley. Thank God. haha. Actually, it isnt that bad anymore, our class is good, real good. I guess were the only class so far this year that hasnt had a trainee written up there first month. Thats impressive. And it shows, the night commadant enjoys inspecting our barracks now.

Allright, its been a while since I've thrown up a post, so ill give you guys a run down whats been going on. Thanksgiving kicked ass, we got the entire day off. That pretty much never happens for first monthers but 726 (two classes before us) are full of screw ups so the day commadant decided to give us a break. Needless to say, 726 hates our guts. But its ok, they will be gone off to sea next week anyways.

Now that were on to the second month, we can pick up extra jobs for extra pay. ( we get 20 dollars a week to be here, 16 cents an hour. haha) So, Im going to pick up color guard. Briefly, I raise up and bring down the floor every day. But its alot more than that. SIU is very patriotic, and its a big deal. Every foot step is rehearsed and if you mess up, Kiss any free time you once had good bye. But you get some cool benefits. I dont have to march with my group any more, I get to walk behind them when they march. I get to wear khaki's every day and to look good infront of the higher ups. And when it comes down to getting shipped out, it makes a difference.

Monday the new class comes in (729). And boy are we ready for them. We'll start training them in the galley thursday and they'll replace us. Thank god. then we start detail month. Detail month is a whole new animal. First month is all about breaking you down and see if you can handle working hard with some one bearing down your ass the whole time. They want to weed out the lazy people. Second month is about giving you some more freedom, and see how you handle it. You have detail 3 times a day, morning, lunch and dinner. It isnt nearly as hard as first month, but its a test, they want to see if you still work hard and dont skip your detail when they arent there on your ass. And if you do skip out, theyll know. Thats the thing about this place. Your Always being watched. haha.

Anyways, thats whats going down at the paull hall center for now. Take it easy guys. Ill throw another post a little sooner this time.