I didn't see any during or since the trip. The last one I saw - and only one I've seen in 2009 - is Star Trek (on May 8, the date of its release). I haven't seen The Hangover, to say nothing of the new Transformers or Brüno. Early in the trip I was alerted to important information on the one film other than Star Trek whose release I've anticipated since the start of the year - I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell. It opens September 25, and I'll be seeing it quickly - that is, if I don't get to a screening during the premiere tour, and maybe even if I do.
Fitness and weight
I did bring exercise gear on my journey around the country...but never once broke it out. When I stepped on the scale after getting back, the expected result came to pass - that is to say, I'd put on some weight. I'm not certain how much of that happened while I was on the road, but I was twenty-two pounds above the weight at which I started the year. Not having a treadmill at my disposal is proving to me more of a drawback than I expected. That said, I have resumed running on the track at my old high school. I've got a lot of work to do, both in raising the endurance and lowering the weight, if I want to make a respectable showing at Cow Harbor, which is now only two and a half months away. I'm also lowering the supply of calories by cutting back on snacking. The built-in diet discipline from the boat is no longer present; no longer being limited to what the galley is serving, I'm inclined to eat more, and more often.
Submarines and the Navy
I've already written about the surprisingly amicable resolution to the issues concerning my DD 214. I have, however, been remiss in commenting on various other goings-on regarding the Canoe Club, and especially the steely eyed killers of the deep, whether or not they work with the ionizing radiation.
It seems I'm not the only one subject to a rare dose of Naval common sense; the top brass now trust the rank-and-file to wear the "aquaflage" out in town (TSSBP). I burned on this last Christmas Eve, back when the original "not off base, ever" policy first came out. Irrespective of this change, I'm glad I don't have a set of those big, bulky, expensive NWUs, sitting in my storage unit.
From No Slack, Fast Attack comes word that the Pentagon is exploring the possibility of making the military tobacco-free. Now, I have never used a tobacco product in my life, and can't envision myself ever doing so. But I don't see how making this sort of policy change improves our ability to bring the fight to the enemy. And of all the communities throughout all the services, the submarine force might have the easiest time of all evading this. A boat underway and submerged - especially one with a skipper that lights up - isn't exactly within the reach of those who might wish to enforce this policy.
Finally, I've talked here about multiples and re-enlistment bonuses several times before. Now that I'm out, I don't follow these matters as closely as when I was still on active duty. But some checking today reveals that on June 10, while I was in California, the Navy suspended the Selective Reenlistment Bonus program for the remainder of the fiscal year (that is, through September 30). One of the reasons cited? For the first time since 1971, the Navy met its retention targets for first-term nukes. (That they did so despite my own decision makes it slightly more impressive.)
Nine stages complete in the Tour de France, and we have the makings of a classic; the two Astana teammates, Armstrong and Contador, both near the top of the GC. Not since 1986 have we had a situation like this; that was the year of Greg LeMond's first victory. Of course I'm rooting for Lance, especially having come back after four years away.
The Mets...oh, the Mets. Three games under .500 at the All-Star Break, and six and a half behind the Phillies in the NL East. Injuries galore, and a defense so bad that SportsCenter dedicated an entire "Not Top 10" to it. And to ice the cake, the Friday trade of Ryan Church for Jeff Francoeur. While the newest Met may have gotten off to a good start, I am in line with most other Mets fans in taking a wait-and-see attitude with Frenchy. The Sports Guy's take on the move, via Twitter: "I want to sell my HD-DVD player and Six Flags stock to Omar Minaya. Does anyone have a contact for him?"
And the Islanders made the move everyone wanted them to make, by taking John Tavares with the first overall pick in the NHL draft. It's only a single step, and there's still a long way to go to bring the Isles back to prominence, but it should help win some games - to say nothing of selling some tickets at the Coliseum.
I had a fun Fourth of July weekend with some good friends; I'll write a post about that soon. I saw RB and Brewmeister this past Wednesday, and we partook of some scrumptious Five Guys burgers and fries. I also re-told the stories of the road trip, assisted by all the pictures I took. And last: I don't watch The Office, but after seeing this photo at Amazin' Avenue, I just might have to start: