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29 July 07

Heading Out
At long last, it looks like I'm going to be going to sea. I will be riding the USS MIAMI for the next few months, making a couple of stops in places like Rota, Spain and Haifa, Israel. It should be a good time, and I'm sure I'll be busy trying to do and see as much as I can. Unfortunately, this means that the sparse update schedule of the last couple of months is going to continue. I don't anticipate having a lot of time to post more while I'm out at sea! Even so, I might be able to make a quick post now and then when we pull in.

Trying to get ready for this ride has been an interesting experience; gathering all the required clothes, toiletry items, snacks, and what have you for several months, and then trying to cram all of it into a single duffel bag has been a challenge the likes of which I haven't experienced since my days at Scout camp! Even so, I think I've pretty much got it all together, and now I am just enjoying my last few days on land before the MIAMI sets sail. Fortunately, Gwen was able to join me up here in Connecticut, so I've at least had the pleasure of her company!

On a final, more serious note, for those of you who wish to keep myself and the rest of the MIAMI's crew in your thoughts and prayers, I offer this, the Submarine verse of the Navy Hymn:

Lord God our power evermore,
Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Dive with our men beneath the sea,
Traverse the depths protectively.
Oh, hear us when we pray and keep,
Them safe from peril in the Deep.

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