After many hours of thought, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to step away as a member of this clan. There have been some personal things I've been dealing with that take precedence and the lack of time I have set aside for the clan isn't fair to the community as a whole. As of today I hereby retract my membership and wish you all happy gaming and further growth as a clan.
Howdy folks! Been a few days, I know. My consistency has gone out the window and I apologize to those of you who take the time out of your lives to read my random babblings. So I'm currently engorging myself with a large pizza and cheesy bread, and a 2 litre of coca-cola. Not healthy I am aware, but due to my active history/lifestyle I require about 4000 Calories a day or else I become lightheaded and all around dont feel good. Ugh main problem with that is when i grocery shop for just myself it costs about 400$ per trip which is about once every 3-3.5 weeks. My favorite meal: Jambalaya with Andouille sausage. Also, kinda depends on the time of year... Xmas time and such i really like chicken and dumplings. Or some reallllllllly good from scratch chicken noodle soup/ beef stew. What are yalls favorite meals?? I wanna get to know yall as best as possible because who knows, we may end up running into eachother without even meaning to ... would be one hell of a meet and greet lol. Hope yall are doin alright and keeping your spirits up. If ever yall need anything/ anyone to talk to just let me know and i promise to do whatever it is i can so as to help. Take care yall, until next time!
Howdy y'all, I know it's been a few days since i last posted. I have been both extremely busy and quite tired after work. Anyhow, this is whats been up: a friend of mine is pregnant, a buddy just returned from deployment, a divisional dinner tonight at Sushi King in Norfolk, and still no real progress on the healing of my leg. I'm being referred to Orthopedics for MRI's and further testing/therapy. Also, i took it upon myself to become a better individual by enrolling in telecom style anger management. I'm starting to see a change for the better. I've been playing INS again which is a nice switch from the DOI and Stellaris binge I've currently been on. Finding a lot of non clan regulars who think its awesome we as members jump in alongside them and play. It's very fun to answer their questions and listen to their feedback about how our servers are their favorite hands down. Talk about a good feeling! So, this post, its for all of yall that make it possible to game on such well maintained servers and allow so many people a great friendly environment in which to be themselves and enjoy these awesome games. Lastly, I would like to thank all of the Veterans, Active Duty, and Reservists for their service. Tomorrow is Veterans Day in the States, and Remembrance Day in Canada. For those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, risk that sacrifice, and support your country and your familys, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm proud to serve alongside you all whether it be for the Stars and Stripes, or the Red and White, thank you. Take care folks i'll see you on the servers
Howdy all, today was a pretty bland saturday. though it is not yet complete. Today i went to work, took care of some administrative paperwork, went and got my truck serviced, and now surfing the forums. Later this evening is by far the most important part of the night: Alabama vs LSU in college football. I'm a die hard Alabama fan, always have been. Some would even say its the same level of commitment I put towards my friends lol, hoping to also continue the Stellaris campaign myself, Armory, and Blue have strung together. On a slightly different note/shameless plug: if youre able, should donate a few bucks, not a lot but some pocket change towards the yearly goal, ever since i joined last year it seems to be plateauing and gettin down to the wire. I know why everyone is in this clan: great camaraderie, great friends, and tons of gaming .... In another aspect I have grown to respect a lot of people on here and their ability to be friendly and professional. Keep it up =F|A=, people are taking notice in games from all over, they see our tag and they notice that's what exposure is all about, just make sure you represent us the way the clan deserves. Keep on keepin on folks.
So I log onto forums and discord. Its friday. Oh my god was it hilarious. "i was legit concerned of his lactating nipples and one nut" lmfao i never thought i'd hear that in a random conversation. This has by far been the most hilarious and awesome group of people i've met in a long time. I have a Submariner's sense of humor and these peeps definitely share it to an extent. I'm just happy I found a community that is just as random as I can be sometimes. Time to start some gaming for the weekend and enjoy the banter. Friday is a short post... I dont know how to lengthen it. Oh well always remember, professionalism and friendship combine to form.... well... fun
As yall have read, it's been frustrating and lots of me bitching/moaning about how the people I work with suck. Well today after sitting down with leadership and explaining why it is exactly that I blew up on them Saturday, they fully understood. I'm back to not having to stay overnight for duty days (mainly because I'm on light duty restrictions, and not in full duty status). Also means I'm in an overall better mood. I'm not one to so quickly talk to someone i've blown up at/ gotten mad at. Also, side note, if i get angry with someone here be warned i wont talk about it/ talk with you for a few days minimum. I get very heated and hold a grudge sometimes as well as walk away from situations that i get angry with. It takes me some time to cool off and be able to calmly talk about something like that. Anyway, things are taking a turn for the better. The whole punishment of me staying over night was actually supposed to be a bluff, and my Chief didnt expect me to go with it. He said that only solidified everything i was telling him in my favor. I apologize for the unprofessional display of behavior through venting on this blog and through the status. That doesnt look good for newcomers and I will continue to try and better myself about it and handle matters accordingly.
So, as yall know by now I dont exactly have the most favorable working hours. Lately I've gone beyond the call so-to-speak and put in extra hours to help the division get prepared for upcoming maintenance and evolutions. Well all that hard work and extra time was thrown away and credited to someone who didn't do a single thing. Those in the division proceeded to berate me, saying I haven't done anything and im just using my injury for personal gain/getting out of work. After a day like today I really didnt want to be around anyone. Feeling this kind of neglect from people you are supposed to lay your life down for is just overwhelming. It almost broke me. How can I justify sacrifice for someone so ungrateful? The days go on. Tomorrow is most likely another working day. I really dont know if it is or isn't. I walked out of work without finding out. I'll show up when I show up tomorrow. The leadership is even blaming me for stuff I wasn't even present for, its stuff that occurred while I wasn't even on base, instead I was at my Temporary duty location. Just goes to show, a toxic command climate and incompetence is ever present. I cannot wait to leave this boat for good and get out of this waste of a Navy. I just want a life again. What I have now is just meaningless existence. A life isnt something you wake up one morning asking why i choose to put myself through this ordeal. A life doesnt make you question every decision that lead you to this point. A life is freedom and happiness. That of which I haven't had in so long, it's only a faint memory... Goodnight.
Ok I dont have a lot of time tonight. Work was annoying beyond all reason, physical therapy I swear is where they send you to make the injury worse, and lastly a good friend is back in the clan. Patience and reason win out. A lot were fighting for him. Glad things worked out. Let's not do that again, with anyone... (unless they are sabotaging servers and shiznit)... you know, uncool things. its 10:45pm my time. 2245 for you military folk. yeah im military but im not in uniform at the moment. Been brainstorming ideas for DOI. Not server related but DOI section of forums more so. Check them out in the suggestions page if ya get a chance... and yeah no shame for that little plug lol. Well thats it for me tonight, stay rowdy yall.
Woke up this morning. It was raining. Started out as a normal day. Inventoried 10,000 repair parts with associated storage locations for the inspection next week. Got a hair cut. Came home and found a burning bag of shit had exploded everywhere as soon as I got online. Holy.... f***..... that just happened. I dont know everything. I wont claim to know, that isnt my place, my call, my fight. Damn. I went to sleep thinking progress had been made, yet it was more so reverted to draconian/ stone age measures. Oh well. I can't judge, I'm not in that position. I remained unbiased through the events which unfolded and presented themselves. I'll stay unbiased. No taking sides. Taking a side means you've given up on the other. I prefer to sit back. Some say that's cowardly. I say that sitting back is the only way. See the field. Watch everything come together and drift apart. Find common denominators. Experience the variables. I prefer to feel the winds of change and see what happens. There is a saying I want yall to remember, (and yes i said yall, i noticed there are multiple people who read these little posts), that saying is: Experience is knowledge gained one second too late. It's kinda related to the other saying more commonly known: My personal experience is... (this saying is typically a preface to a bad experience or a hold my beer moment). This has been one hell of a Tuesday. Definitely one of the lesser enjoyable ones. I apologize to those of you who have become wrapped up in all this. Wish I could have done more to prevent such things. I sat back too long instead of voicing my concerns in time. Shit happens. It always does. Time to blow off some steam.
Alright folks. A little tidbit of advice. If progress is desired, and by progress I mean mutually beneficial success, there is but one integral variable to the equation. That variable is communication. Without communication there is not a chance in hell anything can move forward. Maintain professionalism, maintain poise, and above all, maintain an open mind. It is difficult to hear and accept other's opinions/train-of-thought. I'm not suggesting you alter the way you feel about something, that isn't the objective. The goal for communication is to adequately express one's expectations/ thoughts, so that whomever it concerns can mull it over and find some sort of common ground. Even if there isn't common ground found right away and the parties end up disagreeing, it could prove critical later on. Always always always trust in communication, and if direct communication is less favorable due to emotional investment, find a moderator and utilize them in a professional manner. This tool is paramount to success and progress. Without communication things get out of hand and nobody knows what/where/when/who/why/how things are supposed to be. Never lose sight of bettering one's self and the others around you. Be better.
So. It is official. This weekend sucks. 8 hour work days leading into a strand of 16 straight days of maybe a total of 100+ hours. no overtime. yeah i'm salty about it. Playing DOI on our awesome server though helps blow off steam. Sometimes i wonder if what i'm doing really has an effect on my future. Like.... Is this really what i want to be known for? working with no real social life outside of the people i work with?.... ugh the sound of that frustrates me. Oh well shit happens. Wedding planning with the fiance via skype/facetime definitely adds to the stress level... anyone got any good tips for stress that dont involve a green plant or excess alcohol? i get out of work after the gun ranges close up. i have to work to early to really go out anywhere.... im going insane. day by day i try for more activity but i'll be damned if that can happen. well rant completed. listening to some chill music right now. EDM really has a great expanse of styles to help relax the mind. maybe tomorrow wont be so bad and i'll get home before lunch.
Never thought it would happen. Blogging as a 24yr old USN Sailor. Ha! Listening to music and typing. What to say?.... How was my day? The answer is simple: Meh. When it comes to work I've been thrown just about everywhere.... Wait, maybe the reader would like a little background, yeah? OK, I'm a Cajun that was born in Louisiana, and grew up for the most part in Alabama. I'm a southern boy through and through. I have experienced the northern states of New England area and reside in Virginia. I've been a part of the USN for 4 and a half years now. I've met many people. I have a small circle of friends. I dont like having a bunch of friends. Anyone who is my friend I feel is more like family. I dont like to step on toes, but im not afraid to stand up for what i believe in. So, back to my day. Yeah it started slow and ended slow. When it comes to my line of work if its a slow day it means people aren't doing what they are supposed to do. Currently listening to music, typing this, and trying to coordinate planning a wedding with my fiance who lives hundreds of miles away. Gotta love how life pans out right? By the way i failed to mention that the reason i've been thrown into just about every duty at my work is because I am not fit for full duty... in other words i'm broken and cant perform my responsibilities to the required expectation all thanks to a torn hamstring. I'm a nuclear machinist mate second class... aka E-5 in the Navy. I've had so many different job opportunities in the 10 years i've been working from yard work/landscaping to construction, to now operating a Nuclear power plant on a submarine. Growing up i thought i'd just be another southern boy going nowhere and living in the same old small town. Now i'm engaged, travelling up and down the east coast and learning so much more than i thought would be possible. I never really give my experiences the credit they deserve, and i know how weird that sounds. Take it from me, when you look back at how you wanted yourself to grow to be when you were younger and look yourself in the mirror now... is it the same or have you changed along with any ideals/morals you developed? I can say i dont take the same things for granted... yes i still take things for granted but i'm quicker on the pickup about it. Tomorrow is a work day for me. Hoping that translates into a short work day and i can still maybe catch the Alabama football game on tv. Yes i say Roll tide, i shoot guns, i fish, i drive a truck.. I'm a walking stereotype. I'll post when i post, i wont make any promises on daily or even weekly posts. took me forever to find out how to even make a blog. Lets see how it goes.