Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year from KISKA

It’s a long time nautical tradition that the smooth log midwatch entry for New Year’s Day be written in rhyme. I can take absolutely no credit for this piece of poetry; it was all XO.


A HUNDRED FEET OF WATERLINE, NICELY MAKING WAY INTO A NEW YEAR.

WHERE POTUS STAY? ALL WE KNOW IS HE STAY NEAR.

WE'RE IN POSITION XX-XX.X NORTH, XX-XX.X WEST;

SOMEONE LET THE PRESIDENT KNOW HE HAS CHOSEN THE BEST.

AS SN PASOQUEN RINGS IN A NEW DECADE

KISKA STANDS THE WATCH AS THE EAGLE'S BLOCKADE.

YOKE HAS BEEN SET AND ALL DOORS ARE CLOSED TIGHTLY;

OUR ELECTRICIAN HAS THE NAV LANTERNS ALL BURNING BRIGHTLY.

IN ALL HIS GENERATORS AND MAINS, CHIEF TARKER TAKES PRIDE,

BUT TONIGHT HE'S CHOSEN TO RUN ONLY THE NUMBER ONE SIDE.

SECTOR HONOLULU HAS ADMINISTRATIVE, TACTICAL, AND OPERATIONAL CONTROL;

WHILE EAST OF OAHU WE CARRY OUT A BRAVO-2 PATROL.

KIS-1 RESTS NEATLY IN HER CRADLE AND IS SECURED FOR SEA.

KAILUA'S FIREWORKS WOULD SURELY AWE EVEN FRANCIS SCOTT KEY.

BRIAN GORACKE HAS THE QMOW, FRANKIE GUERRERO THE DECK AND CONN;

LATER TODAY JAMIE RUSSELL PELTIER WILL PIN HIS ANCHORS ON.


I had the 2000-2400 watch last night. We’ve got a TAD guy from our sister cutter on board, helping XO and me out with our watches, so we’re back to four hour watches…thank goodness! We were steaming a couple of miles offshore, and had great seats for the fireworks displays from shore. The weather was great, though we did have a patch of storms roll through at about 9 pm. We had a full moon, peeking through the clouds. Fireworks started going off just as it was getting dark, and continued until a little after midnight. A lot of the fireworks from inland neighborhoods were blocked by hills and valleys, but we could see the reflection off the clouds overhead. I wasn’t sure where to watch, there were so many explosions over the whole coastline. It was a great way to welcome in the New Year.


Happy New Year, all! I hope this decade brings you peace and happiness in your lives.

No comments: