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Wirebiter

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Navy Christmas
« on: Dec 24, 2007, 02:39 »
As we quickly approach the holiday, I hope that everyone is able to spend it with the ones they love.  It you can't this year, then I pray that next year will find you in a more favorable location. 

This year I am spending it with just the wife.  She is a little down because we are not with the rest of the families.  However, she is surprised at how chipper and positive I am that this Christmas will be great.  I think many of you will agree that a simple Christmas at home is better than................

Being in Great Lakes for boot camp (my first Navy Christmas)

                         OR

transiting the Suez canal in 2000 with the evaporator secured for 38hours,  port-n-starboard, a yellow-poly "christmas tree" in MSW bay that would lose any contest to the Charlie Brown Christmas tree, and two Navy S.E.A.L.S who won't leave the mess-decks so you can burn a flick, not even to sleep (they had guns and we didn't have enough coners to catch all their bullets).

So I told the wife thats what I compare any would be crappy Christmas to.  She understands now why I am so upbeat.

Anyone else have a prior Navy Christmas that they reflect upon, thinking "...at least I'm not..........."?


Merry Christmas all!


Navnu

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Re: Navy Christmas
« Reply #1 on: Dec 24, 2007, 02:54 »
Lets see...last Christmas I got leave from NPS to go home..within 24 hours of being home, my sister had an emergency c-section, and I found out that a friend of mine that I went to high school with, that had just graduated Marine boot camp, was found dead. Plus over the course of the next week I had a family member pass away, plus a good friends father pass, so the entirety of the leave was spent either at the hospital or the funeral home.

shovelheadred

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Re: Navy Christmas
« Reply #2 on: Dec 24, 2007, 06:52 »
..Lets see..USS Nimitz...did 2 Med cruises back to back in 81 and 82.both were at Christmas...spent one with the infamous "MAX PARITY"..we were off the coast of Beirut for one of them, and the other Napoli,,,drunk, at Momma Rosa's..or was it Momma Louisa's?, best I can remember....glad I am in "the Pines of Carolina", now..hey Max, when you comin down here with those younguns and ride these dirt roads with me?.....red

mooredee13

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Re: Navy Christmas
« Reply #3 on: Dec 24, 2007, 09:08 »
My first Christmas away from home was in prototype (MARF). My roomies and I had a real tree that we all forgot to water, so the needles were all over the place. We topped it with one of my hockey helmets.

The next Christmas found me on my 2nd patrol on the Nat Greene. Nothing spectacular, but the wives had gotten together and made stockings for each crew member that were hung on the mess decks. That must have meant more to me than I ever realized: I still have mine. My son is currently in Iraq and I almost sent that stocking to him, but didn't know who that would hit hardest: him or me. And if anyone ever needs to stay focused it's a Marine Infantryman sitting in the turret of a Humvee!

Remember those overseas these next few days...and every day.

Happy Holidays to all. I'll celebrate my Christmas in April 2008.

Dave

mlslstephens

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Re: Navy Christmas
« Reply #4 on: Dec 24, 2007, 11:08 »
The next Christmas found me on my 2nd patrol on the Nat Greene. Nothing spectacular, but the wives had gotten together and made stockings for each crew member that were hung on the mess decks. That must have meant more to me than I ever realized: I still have mine.

Dave,
I know what you mean.  Put 150 guys in a tube, submerge them for months at the holidays and surprise them with tiny tokens of love and poof, you make memories that last a lifetime. 
My wife and I were just sitting at the breakfast table with our three daughters and we all were reminiscing past Christmas seasons.  As I looked across the table, I could see four beautiful ladies and I quickly realized, that being active duty Navy, I am a blessed man.  As I come to the end of my naval career, I have only spent a few Christmas seasons away from "home".  So this morning, I do count my blessings as I know that there are many sailors, soldiers, airmen, coasties, and marines that will not spend this Christmas with loved ones.  They are remembered, and prayed for as I wish them all God's speed and a very Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas to all...


McBride

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Re: Navy Christmas
« Reply #5 on: Dec 26, 2007, 12:46 »
Christmas 1987 I was in Dunoon, Scotland.  I had met a young lady in a pub, and been invited to family dinner for Christmas. 

I had never seen so much silverware!  I had a plate with knives, forks and spoons jutting out at every angle; all arranged as a minefield for the etiquette challenged.  Sweating, I didn't know what to start with, only remembering one hearing "start from the outside".  But WHAT outside, left , right...front?  I was about to panic when the grandfather said loudly, "What's all this about, Hey?"  He then proceeded to take one knife, one fork and one spoon, and place them beside his plate.  The rest he put in his cloth napkin, and placed it off to the side.  He then took one glass (we each had 3 I think) and put the other two off to the side.

Taking a note, I copied.  I placed the napkin full of silver, and 2 crystal glasses in front of my plate...as did every male at the table!  Ah!  The brotherhood of the nearly-housebroken swine!


Wirebiter

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Re: Navy Christmas
« Reply #6 on: Dec 26, 2007, 09:54 »
Christmas 1987 I was in Dunoon, Scotland.  I had met a young lady in a pub, and been invited to family dinner for Christmas. 

I had never seen so much silverware!  I had a plate with knives, forks and spoons jutting out at every angle; all arranged as a minefield for the etiquette challenged.  Sweating, I didn't know what to start with, only remembering one hearing "start from the outside".  But WHAT outside, left , right...front?  I was about to panic when the grandfather said loudly, "What's all this about, Hey?"  He then proceeded to take one knife, one fork and one spoon, and place them beside his plate.  The rest he put in his cloth napkin, and placed it off to the side.  He then took one glass (we each had 3 I think) and put the other two off to the side.

Taking a note, I copied.  I placed the napkin full of silver, and 2 crystal glasses in front of my plate...as did every male at the table!  Ah!  The brotherhood of the nearly-housebroken swine!



Great story!  :)

Put a nuke in front of the RPCP and everything is fine.  Put out too many pieces of silverware and the whole world comes crashing in.   The irony.... 8)

shayne

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Re: Navy Christmas
« Reply #7 on: Dec 31, 2007, 08:44 »
I always was in port for Christmas.  Bing single at the time, I usually found myself on 6x6 rotation as the SRO.  I tried to take Christmas duty for those who were married.

 


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