Sunday, June 18, 2006

Don't people walk anymore?

I'm seeing a general trend on the East Coast of not beingvery pedestrian friendly. I noticed this years ago in South Carolina, but figured it was just them, then saw it again in Virginia, now in New Jersey and into Philadelphia as well. Now, me being from the Northwest, pedestrian walkways are almost big enough to drive down, well not quite but they are nearly every where. You can safely walk everywhere you need to go, which I very often do and not just because I was in the Infantry. However if you hear me talking about something being within walking distance, it's a relative term, in the Infantry, EVERYTHING was within walking distance :)

Another bit of my Army training came into play the past week, small arms training. Since we are Navy Civilian run ships, we support the Navy, however, we don't have a contingent of Marines aboard to provide physical security so we're trained to do it ourselves. Just three basic weapons we're trained for shipboard use, the M14 rifle, M9 pistol and shotgun.

On friday we underwent qualifications on the M14 and shotgun. Shane, one of the group I'm in of new hires, and I had a bet about who would score higher with it. Wasn't that big of deal, just something for both of us to take the whole bit more seriously. After two 40 round qualification periods, our score was identical, however he conceeded the bet to me after seeing my 1 hole pattern of 15 rounds I shot on the second go around. I've told him somewhat of my military career, but I haven't made it clear just yet that I was a weapon specialist, I think everyone has the idea now after seeing me shoot.

Some intresting things going on around the hotel, see a cop car make the rounds through the parking lot at least once a night, the same hookers making their way through the hotel hallways, I still haven't had the "pleasure" of seeing them, been told they're enough to make even the horniest of sailor want to remain celebate. Could hear their antics from the room above mine, friday night late.

Hopefully I'm not stuck shore side for too much longer, the boredem will probably drive me to drinking just to have something to do. It's bad enough right now that all of our group has a running grocery list but we purposely don't buy items just so we have something to do the next day going to the store to pick them up.

Anyways, just taking a weekend off and getting caught up on my sleep, I seem to have fallen back into my old habits of not sleeping much during the week and sleeping a lot on the weekends. I have a lot of really odd stuff that I do to myself, most of it makes me wonder if I really am crazy.


Blogger e.e. said...

well if you're not crazy...

Good to read how you're doing, gus. Hang in there, it must be boring as all hell where you are.
I am sorry to tell you that Boston is def. NOT pedestrian friendly either. But I hope you can get your butt outta jersey and make your way up to Boston with some of your buddies.
It's worth the visit. It's about a 5 hour drive so long as you don't speed too much thru Connecticut..

1:01 PM AKDT  
Blogger gus said...

a few of us were talking of going up to New York for the day today, but I think everyone just sleeping, don't spend any money that way. I think it only runs us $10 to make the trip to NYC anyways, just too hot to be walking around playing tourist.

E.E I definately want to get up to Boston sometime, I'd like to see crew races on the Charles from the spectator side instead of the competator side.

1:07 PM AKDT  
Blogger Ladyred said...

I have only been to a few places on the west coast or even midwest. I may just move there. Anyway, maybe that's why more people are overweight--they don't WALK! Savannah is somewhat of a walking town, but still I have to drive to get there. I love walking, although I really do need a bike....

8:59 AM AKDT  

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