I finally qualified Submarines back on
21 August (just one day short of my 18 month point!). This has been like
an enormous weight lifted off my shoulders. It took close to two months
longer than I had hoped for, but hey, better late than never, eh?
This sets me up to head to PNEO (Prospective Nuclear Engineer Officer)
school later this week. This school will be a nice change of pace for
me. I probably won't be working much less, but I will be able to set my
own schedule. As a result, I won't have to get up at 0500 to be on the
boat by 0600. That is a major difference!
Sooooo....it looks like once again I
have let way too much time pass since my last update. A lot has
happened since the end of June. The 4th of July was a roaring success,
as I had a lot of friends over. We must have had at least $500 of fire
works, and probably almost half of that in beer. Good times! A couple of
weeks later, I flew back to Virginia to see Gwen. We had a great visit,
and she got to show me the chapel on Fort Belvoir where we are planning
our wedding ceremony. Most of August was taken up with getting my quals
finished up though, so I didn't do a whole lot there. I did manage to
get out a few times to a couple of local game stores, and managed to
make a couple of friends as a result. I also got a shot out of the blue
today. It turns out my friend Vince just moved to Portland, OR, only 3
miles away! He is heading up to see me right now. I was really surprised
to hear he had moved out here, but this is great news. Hopefully it
means we can visit more often.
Well, I'm keeping my fingers crossed
that once I start PNEO, I'll have a "little" more time to update around
here...as always though, no promises!