You can call off the search, I’m still alive

Many of you have written to me asking when I am going to write another post (assuming the term “many” is taken in the loosest way possible). When I started this blog it was my intention to have a new essay up every week, which puts me at just about 12 essays behind, so I feel obligated to explain why my posts have not been updated as regularly as initially implied.

Just so you know, this is not an actual post. Yes, it is posted on my blog.  But it is in no way intended to be entertaining.  Do not laugh at any part of this explanation.    It is not funny and any entertainment you experience is purely coincidental.

Recently I transferred from shore duty back to sea duty.  As you Navy readers who have done the same are aware… sea duty is a lot worse than you remember.  You see, when you are on a shore duty assignment and going home every day at 1600 (4:00 PM for those of you who are civilians or in the Air Force) it’s easy to forget all the tedious time-consuming days you spend on a ship.  The PMS spot checks, the duty days, the never-ending inspections, the duty days, the meetings, the random collateral duties that seem to have been created just for the purpose of lengthening your work day, and of course the duty days.  Instead you remember the ship through rose colored lenses: all the good times, the amazing liberty ports, the strong friendships.  What you forget is the reason for those great memories.  All those friendships were so strong because you went through hell together.  The reason those liberty ports were so much fun is that you were working 20 hour days, seven days a week, for a month before you pulled in.

So sea duty is pretty busy and it seems that in my time ashore I have overestimated the free time I would have to write and update my blog.  While it only takes about five minutes to read one of my essays (ten minutes for those of you in the Army) it actually takes much longer to write them (sometimes up to half an hour).

Between attending to my duties on the ship (see above), and to the needs of my ever growing family of somewhere between 2 and 47 children (it’s hard to get a good count since they never stop moving) what can be defined as free time is very limited.  As much as I like to write funny stories it turns out I like to sleep even more.

So there you have it, I know I said I would write something new every week, but, well, I can’t. I am still writing but I haven’t finished anything recently that is worth publishing.  There are things in the works that will be published just as soon as I can get around to it (assuming I’m not sleeping).

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*This is a lie. Just listen to some of the questions people ask the captain during a CO’s call and you will see that not only is there such a thing as a stupid question, there are actually quite a lot of them.