Interesting week coming up. We learn more new stuff the first three days, then take Digital exam 2 Thursday morning. After that, we go into a week of "hold." Since the class that's one week behind us has only nine students, we're going to wait a week for them to catch up to us, and then be joined for the final 5 or 6 (for me) weeks of "A" School.
Nuclear-trained personnel in the Navy are trained in one of three ratings, or job specialties. Machinist's Mates (MM) have only 14 weeks of A school - the MM's that we flew down with have already graduated, and are third-class petty officers already. Slackers. The other two ratings are Electrician's Mate (EM) and Electronics Technician (ET), whose A schools are 23 and 24 weeks long, respectively. The EM's and ET's have nearly the same curriculum, and they go through the school together for the first 17 weeks, after which the two groups split and take different final courses. My class is heading into week 17 - after we come out of the hold, the EM's in my class will go off and take on Electrical Equipment, while I, being an ET, will tackle Instrumentation and Control Equipment, which I've heard is far from a walk in the park. That's the long reason for why I have six weeks left, and others in my (current) class will have five.
I bought a plane ticket for Christmas leave - I'm flying up to New York on Saturday, 20 December, a couple of hours after class ends. Yes, this is one case where we have class on a Saturday. The academic day originally slated for Monday 22 December has been moved up two days so everybody can get out of here earlier. It's good stuff. As is two weeks home. I don't know if I'm going to be able to deal with highs in the twenties, after I've been getting used to mid-seventies in the middle of November down here.
I went to the S.C. Stingrays game on Saturday, my fourth such game. The Rays won in a shootout. I'm not a fan of the shootout to settle games. As I've mentioned previously, I have no problem with ties in hockey. And if a game absolutely has to be settled (i.e. a playoff game), suden-death until someone scores is the way to go.
At the postgame gathering at Hooters, I went with a Coke over other beverage alternatives. This is in keeping with my track record, which indicates that getting plastered buys me about six months or so of hard sobriety thereafter. :-)