We didn't have quarters out on the flight deck much this patrol, because there wasn't much room on the flight deck with our migrant tent up. But tonight, we had quarters on the flight deck at sunset to welcome our newest temporary Cuttermen into the fold. We took the opportunity to get a group picture of most everyone -- we still had eight people on watch on the bridge, in the engine room, and in CIC. Damn fine looking group!
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
I love serendipity in the Coast Guard! It's probably just that it's a very small service, and within the cutterman community, smaller still, but some days it just puts a smile on my face. We got out of a brief this morning, and walked back to the ship. Reflex reaction when I'm away from my phone for more than three minutes is to check it. A phone call and a text from one of my most fave people -- FMR. The text was, "Yo! You're in ***! I just pulled in on FRC**!" Craziest of schedule coincidences And now it's out to dinner that's sure to be filled with sea stories and laughter... LCDR Charlotte Mundy Executive Officer USCGC DILIGENCE (WMEC 616) **UNDERWAY**
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
I edit a lot of bureaucratic minutiae. Cutter Organization Manual sections, memos for the record, memos for another unit, memos to individuals, page 7s, business letters, emails, press releases, endorsements, evaluation comments, messages...and probably a few other things. I'm not the best editor in the world, but my mother was an English teacher while I was a young kid, and somehow some of her grammar knowledge must have sunk in through osmosis to me. Like apostrophes. They're such little bits of type, barely there at all. Not much ink is used for an apostrophe, nor do they take up many pixels on a computer screen. But they can annoy the crap out of me so very badly. Here's the deal -- apostrophes are generally used for two main purposes: -- An apostrophe is used to show possession. For example, "My mother's background as an English teacher contributed to my borderline neurosis about using apostrophes correctly." -- An apostrophe is used to show where a contraction exists, or to show how/where two words are connected into one, shorter word. For example, "Many people don't (do not) know how to use apostrophes appropriately." They are not used to denote a plural form of acronyms or other nouns, or noun-like words. I know there may be exceptions, but in my world, I root out those exceptions in track changes, and leave them in my red-lettered dust, or strike through them with a vengeance with my XO's green ink pen. OS's is the possessive for of Operations Specialist -- whatever comes right after OS's belongs to the OS. It is NOT a plural form of OS. The plural form of OS is OSs. Yes, autocorrect tries to make the first, capitol S lower case as soon as you space away from it. But take the split second to go back and correct the autocorrect. It's attention to detail, and it can make or break you. I know that as soon as I post this rant every single JO I've ever worked with will take great delight in pointing out all my typos and grammar mistakes...but if I can get through to just one person about the proper use of the apostrophe, my work here is done. Just like when I actually put "Nap time" on the POD (for the first time...the second time was just me showing off). LCDR Charlotte Mundy Executive Officer USCGC DILIGENCE (WMEC 616) **UNDERWAY**