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Posted on 2007.02.01 at 20:52
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When I lived in a little apartment community in Maple Shade, New Jersey, my wife and I used to walk around the grounds each evening, holding hands and telling each other of our day. My job was to install a software suite on J210's running 9.05 (and later 10.20) and train US Navy personnel on its operation. Two weeks out of the month I was deployed to a different aircraft carrier, and one week out of the month I was on second-level helpdesk to support the ships.

Nextel had just released their first-gen "push-to-talk" phones and Space and Naval Warfare Command had passed them out to us. These were the models before today's "Alert" function which allow you to accept an incoming transmission. Remember those? Anyone could press their walkie-talkie button and begin speaking out of your phone.

As it turns out, I spent most of my day that day in the server room, so my phone was turned all the way up. My wife and I were walking, it was a bright, still evening and the weather was perfect. Now, had the Stennis or Kitty Hawk had a problem, I'd have been ok. But no. We were directly in front of a large family enjoying a cookout at one of the nearby pavilions when the Nextel announces at full volume, "ERIC, THERE'S A PROBLEM ON THE USS ENTERPRISE, PLEASE REPORT IN."

Yeah, the entire pavilion went quiet and they all stared at me.

They thought I was playing Star Trek.


(Anonymous) at 2007-02-02 04:51 (UTC) (Link)


I so enjoy these stories. I wish our sailor son on the KH would share these things with us. Thanks for the laugh.
navy mom hug,
ehowton at 2007-02-02 19:32 (UTC) (Link)

Re: lol

Why thank you so much pseudo-anonymous reader!
snapper521 at 2007-02-02 16:46 (UTC) (Link)
*laughs* I'm sorry. But thats funny. :-D

Your wife was ok with it?

Personally I wouldnt marry an active duty military man to begin with... not unless I had no choice. But in this country, there is always a choice...

Anyway - I wouldnt like him being pulled away from me all the time. I would resent the military. And it probably would drive us apart. Because he would love it, I would hate it. I'd be miserable.
ehowton at 2007-02-02 22:47 (UTC) (Link)
This was actually when I was out of the Air Force, working for the Navy as a contractor, and my wife was still my girlfriend. Either way, serving in the military while being married isn't called a 'sacrifice' for nothing. It's hard, but those who do it do it because they love it.
snapper521 at 2007-02-03 00:50 (UTC) (Link)
Military/Married: *shrug* I would never be willing to do that.

I know that I am rather high maintanance at times. I have to know he cares... I dont require a bunch of stuff like jewelry, flowers etc... (though I wouldnt turn it away) I just have to know he does care... and that he enjoys being around me/with me.

The "I would rather be at work then with my wife" bit wouldn't fly. His butt would be on the street. Assuming of course I could prove it. And he of course would deny it. But regardless.
irulan_amy at 2007-02-02 17:18 (UTC) (Link)
Your stories are great. :D

Those push to talks caused more than one embarassing moment at my previous job.
ehowton at 2007-02-02 19:35 (UTC) (Link)
You've alluded to the guys at your last place of work before...sounds interesting to say the least.
irulan_amy at 2007-02-04 16:20 (UTC) (Link)
Oh they were, to say the least!

I miss 'em. It was like having 10 big brothers. :D
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-02-02 17:53 (UTC) (Link)
They thought I was playing Star Trek.
Boys will be boys.
ehowton at 2007-02-02 19:33 (UTC) (Link)
Beam me up, Scotty!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-03 05:46 (UTC) (Link)
Right away Sulu!!!

Edited at 2010-06-26 05:53 pm (UTC)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-13 05:07 (UTC) (Link)
Oh captain, my captain!!!!
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