Monday, July 31, 2006

Another Monday

Don't you just hate 'em?

The fleet was in transit from the outer-rim maneuvers headed back to Corellia for upgrades and repairs. I will be able to stop back on my home planet and spend a little time with old friends and relatives.

On the way we pulled over for fuel and R&R at a small system called Vejas. It is an oasis system that has become popular with cargo vessels hauling ore and other materials from the outer rim into the Republic's growing economy.

Everyone on the fourth planet (the only inhabital shpere in the system) got really nervousl when the fleet popped in unannounced. But as soon as we let them know we were only passing through, things settled down and most of the crew got liberty and enjoyed themselves.

But, now we are back on the road again and slowly headed back to our military headquarters. Maybe I am hungover this morning, but I still hate the first day of the week.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Promotion Status

Finally, I have a little time on my hands, and the where-with-all to post a blog. Being on the promotions list for Admiral has not only changed my behavior, but also the behavior of those around me. Did you know that as an Admiral I will have the authority to do the following?

* Grant field promotions up to the rank of Captain. This may be done at any time, but should be reserved to times of conflict when such promotions are important for the success of a battle or skirmish. Now if you think that I am going to be near another battle or skirmish until I retire, you are crazy.

* Have access to any Class 3, or lower, transport at any time. I will have at least three dedicated shuttles and shuttle crews assigned to me for my personal use. But, if I am somewhere where a shuttle (a Class-2 transport) is not appropriate, I can commandeer a bigger transport, if one is available.

* Have up to three officers and five enlisted personnel for my personal staff. That means I can dump my lazy-assed civilian aide and get some real military professionals to help me out.

* I also get a personal budget (which I am not at liberty to disclose the amount) to buy stuff and decorate whatever office I am assigned to.

Speaking of assignments, my sponsor, Admiral Gringe, said that when I do get promoted I will probably be assigned to a fleet command, because of my battle experience. In fact, he revealed, most of the selection board was very happy to hear that I finally put my name in and made the list. It seems that many of the battle-grade admirals now on staff have not been directly involved in any major battles. OK, so I am hoping that nothing big happens before my retirement party.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

More Complements (21-30)

I take another deep breath, and, while I am waiting for my civilian aide to finish cleaning my office and do the back-log of filing, continue with my meme from Jon. I am supposed to hit one hundred people, but I think I might just start repeating the same list a couple of times. I'll just change the spelling on the names and you guys won't be able to tell the difference, will you?

This group will focus on family

21. Mom - you always did make the best gringle pie for the holidays. Thanks for teaching me the basics in the kitchen. It helped now that I live by myself most of the time.

22. Dad - I know it was a struggle for all of us, especially when the Empire took over the ship yards and cut everyone's pay. Still, you managed and we were never without what we needed, especially your love and attention.

23. Carynial (my big sister) - You were a good sister and covered my butt more than once. We watched each-other's backs for a while.

24. Maytaia (little sister) - Although you were a pain when I was growing up, you were still a lot of fun to tease and goof off with.

25. Ragnat (pet Borlanine) - My four-legged friend that was always good for an afternoon of chasing sticks and swimming in the quarry lake.

26. Tuffren (childhood best friend) - Thanks for discovering the opposite sex first, and having an older brother who told us both the facts of life. Although most of it turned out to be Bantha fodder, it was still exciting.

27. Mr. Benahipply - My high school math teacher who showed me the fun of numbers and put me on the road to astrodynamics and flying.

28. Uncle Hacknoy - Who taught me to shoot and hunt. I still use those strategies that we used hunting wild Creech for dinner.

29. Old Mr. Vernatcoh - Thanks for selling me your ex-wife's old speeder.

30. Hack and Zeph - Thanks for showing me how to fix up that old speeder into something that would give me the urge to go higher and faster.

From the Holonet:

Your Theme Song is Beautiful Day by U2

"Sky falls, you feel like
It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away"

You see the beauty in life, especially in ordinary everyday moments.
And if you're feeling down, even that seems a little beautiful too.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

More Complements

As I mentioned in my last post, getting to 100 people will take some time, but here is another group from my earlier years:

11. My Ex-wife. Yes, I know I look like a virgin, but I was married once, for a short while. It was on the planet Felucia with a group of Special Ops. She was/is very pretty. (I'll save this story for a later post.)

12. Han Solo - Despite that fact that he still owes me money, he was a big help during the rebellion... ah I mean liberation of the Republic.

13. Princess Lea - Thanks for the incentive. We all admired a woman who could handle a blaster rifle.

14. Mon Motha - Your stoicism and dedication in helping us get what we needed to defeat the Emperor are worthy of sainthood.

15. Chewy - You are a handy creature to have around when we need to rig up a peice of machinery or spare part. If you could keep your shedding fur out of the intake ports.

16. Porkins - I miss ya man, and you were a good pilot, even though you often stole my dessert.

17. Darth Vader - I don't really know what you did to light a fire under Skywalker's butt, but it worked. He went froma whiney farm boy to an appreciated leader.

18. Jug-jug the Ewok - It would have been a very lonely night there on Endor without you.

19. Lando Calrissian - You know how to handle a space freighter, General, but if I catch you cheating at cards again, we will have words.

20. Zarboff the Cook - Ummm, not that many troops got sick from your cooking, so nice job. But when you give people a haircut, could you do it somewhere else besides the kitchen?

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Jon throws down the gauntlet

Hello everyone,

Things are VERY busy here on the carrier, so I have not had a great deal of time to get on and blog. Not only that, but my civilian aide has been strutting around telling everyone about my recent promotion. He thinks he is going with me to my next assignment (ha!).

So Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator wrote and challenged me to a meme. It is his "100 Complements of Summer". OK, it sound easy enough, and I can probably think of 100 people to complement, so here goes (just for you Jon):

(Of course, not all 100 will apear in this post, but I will do my best to get them all listed by August 30)

1. Jon, the Intergalatic Gladiator - (Actually, I think he gave me the challenge just to see his name at the top of some list.)

2. Mister Yoda - who seemed to be the instigator of many blogs in this funny little universe.

3. Lt. Commander Oneida - for giving me incentive to maintain my vigilance in this and reading other blogs.

4. Jaina Solo - for showing me what it is like to try and harmonize two blog story lines. She did a good job.

5. Jabafatboy - Made me appreciate the more humorous side of this universe even from other life-forms.

6. Army of (Cl)one - The personna that I love to hate. For a bottom-feeding scum bucket, he is a nice guy.

7. Fluke Starbucker - Sometime inspiring, sometimes just psychotic.

8. Captain Typho - I am jelous (yes, I admit it) of his relationship with Oneida, but dude, can't you use your one good eye and really see what's in front of you?

9. Padame - And I thought your daughter was hot!

10. Mr. Sprok - Thanks for trying to provide some logical guidance to an illogical friend.

OK, that is the first ten, and I must get back to polishing my new ensignias.

Later...

Monday, July 10, 2006

This is Scary!

I found this link on the 'Unplugged' site:

You scored as Luke Skywalker. You are most like Luke Skywalker. Charismatic, loyal, diplomatic and brave. You helped the alliance defeat your father Darth Vader and the empire, offering your hated father guidance back to the light. Once defeated, you forgave him without a second thought.

You train in the lightsaber form Shien/Djem So which channels your opponents offense, and your defense, into attacks against them. You believe in aggressive defense.

A pillar of light in a dark time, you helped to re-establish the republic and rebuild the Jedi Order.

Luke Skywalker

89%

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Post Death of Qui-Gon Jinn)

86%

Darth Revan

82%

Mace Windu

79%

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Pre Death of Qui-Gon Jinn)

75%

Qui-Gon Jinn

68%

Anakin Skywalker

64%

Yoda

64%

Bastila Shan

61%

Darth Maul

57%

Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus

50%

Darth Vader

46%

Darth Sidious

43%

Exar Kun

36%

What Star Wars Jedi or Sith character is most like your personality?
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I guess a lot of Skywalker rubbed off on me.

It's payback time, Jon!

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she lay her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said, "I'm so sorry, your Duck Cuddles has passed away.


The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure?"


"Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead," he replied.


"How can you be so sure," she protested. "I mean, you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."


The vet rolled his eyes, turned around, and left the room, and returned a few moments later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table, and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog and took it out, and returned a few moments later with a cat! The cat jumped up on the table and also sniffed delicately at the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly, and strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

Then the vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman.


The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!" she cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!!"


The vet shrugged. "I'm sorry. If you'd taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now $150.00."