In addition to the locker at the upper left, the rack lifts up and the majority of one's things are stored underneath (the "rack pan"). The large padlocked locker is not for my use. So what do you take on an underway? Here's what I brought down today, or will be going down with me tomorrow morning:
- 10 white t-shirts
- 10 pairs of boxers
- 12 pairs of socks (six black, six white)
- 2 sets of utilities
- 3 coveralls
- PT gear - a shirt, shorts, and sneakers ("underway shoes")
- 2 civilian shirts
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 2 towels
- sunscreen (I learned this lesson the hard way in Guam)
- sleeping bag
- DVDs...all of them
- a couple of books (see also below)
- And this computer.
Getting paid on Friday ended the financial "crunch" I'd endured throughout most of the month. As it happens, I got two checks from my old apartment complex late last week. One was the security deposit, and the other is likely the interest from that deposit, although it seems like an unusually large amount given the size of the deposit we paid. On top of this money, I experienced some fortune at the blackjack table. It's never a bad thing to walk into Mohegan Sun with two hundred American dollars and leave with twice that amount. All this enables me to get my saving back on track.
As I sit here writing and watching the Dodgers and Mets square off at Shea Stadium, an insidious advertisement repeatedly intrudes on my conscience. It's a commercial for the BabyBaby music - and I assure you it has nothing to do with Amy Grant. The song and the lyrics are annoying, the chick singing it has a grating voice, and the slow-motion footage of the little kids playing puts me off for a reason that I can't quite articulate.
Since we're going underway, tfo is going dark for a while. But while I may not be posting for a bit, I'll certainly be writing, having my trusty computer alongside me. There'll be plenty of time to opine on underway life, and to bitch about how I'm missing out on the most anticipated NBA Finals in twenty-one years. Until then, I'll leave you with a shot that is very telling about submarines: