Captain Badass or Captain Baloney
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Also the captain vented his frustration on the3/C and 2/C not knowing what the tides and currents aredoing at a given time. To be sure this is pretty shocking.Not as shocking as finding out that Capt CMA was therichest man in Sun Valley, Idaho, but still. The editorsagree with the good (sorry, great) captain that knowingwhat the tides are doing is basically important. But the
reason they’re so useful on real ships is because when a
p is in port loading/discharging cargo, the ship’s
freeboard changes. Combine that with tides, and youneed to tend lines frequently. So on the training shipwhich never moves and rarely messes with ballast, youcan see why it would be so imperative to know the tidesand currents to the very second.Beyond that, the captain mentioned newsecurity measures that could be put in place, including
putting a gate at the pier… and moving poor Aadit from
his cozy quarterdeck office into a stuffy, poorly-ventilated shack by the donkey boilers. There would also
be a TWIC card reader, which would be “periodicallyused” for “training purposes.”
Finally, the captain mentioned that the shipwould be brought to ISM standards for the deck andengine logs. For those WEs and CWOs who are
perpetually worried about what does and doesn’t go in
the logbook, standardizing these entries should be a
welcome change. … Assuming they tell us beforehand
precisely what they want in it, and that the mates andengineers who evaluate the log everyday are consistentin what they want to see. So the log entries will probablybe about as standardized as the shoes of thecommandant
s.At least the persistence of the captain has resulted incraptons of money being poured into that tiny,overcrowded ship. Which makes it better than the otheracademies at least. Merchant Marine Academy and
Great Lakes Academy don’t even have real training ships.
Mass and SUNY have crappy ancient cargo steam ships,and virtually nobody gets a stateroom (howevercrowded). And Maine? They have the sister ship of theTSBS, minus much of the engine room equipment and allof the simulator equipment... But it still has lounges. Ok,so maybe we have the second-best training ship. But at
least we don’t go to school in freakin’
Maine! So, isBolton a badass or does he just
spout boloney? Here atthe barnacle, we think his statements speak forthemselves.
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Princess GardenFor fans of Mongolian bbq, this restaurant is guaranteed to satisfythe appetite. It is located in the Target shopping center, next to theStarbucks. At a reasonable price of only $13.00 per person, you canengorge yourself in as many helpings as you want, plus you can callyourself the sauce BOSS by mixing and matching all the sauces. Astellar appetizer plate is provided as you sit down; now would be agood time to order drinks. For those of you of age to consumealcoholic beverages, the Tsingtao, (pronounced Ching-Dao), is a
great beer. As soon as you’re settled in, grab a bowl and start piling
on the meats, veggies and sauces and bring it to the person grillingbehind the counter. The best part about the grill is that you canhelp yourself to as many servings as you can handle. At the end of this fancy feast, read your fortune and eat your cookie, (rememberto always read your fortune first, and then eat the cookie, as doingthis in the opposite order is considered to be bad luck). Whateverthe cookie says, y
ou’ve been fortunate to eat at Princess Garden.
Double Rainbow CaféA small ice cream shop on 1
street in Benicia with a big surprise:
$1 WEINERS!! These ‘lil wieners make the Dub
-Bow the doublewiener deal of the month (not unlike some other place we know).The often youthful and friendly staff provides top notch serviceand some of the tastiest ice cream around. The Wicked HazelnutSundae will set you back more than a couple dollars, but the tasteof the rainbow makes it worth the dough.
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