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14 January 2012 @ 01:14 pm
I haven't written any fanfic in ages but the first paragraph of this bubbled through my head today before I decided to just go a short way with it
Around mid-afternoon two-year-old Willy Adama would wander into his father's office unsupervised. Those moments drew only brief immediate attention from Lee, as his son never did anything other than climb immediately into his father's lap. Willy had become quite adept at doing so without jostling Lee's writing hand, or any papers he might be reading. On these occasions the two would sit quietly together, with Willy's head resting on his father's chest. The quiet would last until Lee finished whatever small portion of the item he was working on demanded to find a logical stopping point. Then he would put aside his pen or his papers.

"Hi Willy."

"Hi Dada."

The exchange was followed by Lee reaching down to kiss his son's head, and then turning to open a drawer beside them. Out of the drawer came a sketch pad and a box of large markers. Sometimes Lee wondered why Willy insisted on this activity with his father. Surely Kara would have been a better match. Their youngest persisted in making this activity for him and Lee only no matter how many times Kara had sought to join them. Lee had eventually even had Kara give him a few drawing lessons. He'd had to admit to himself how relaxing the half hour or so he spent with his son was.

One of Lee's two older children joined them at the end of that period, and they would then move to the overstuffed chair which sat in a private nook at the corner of the office. Another half hour was spent in reading to his children. If Rissa joined them it would be a children's fantasy story. If it was Charlie the story would be one about Earth's pioneers. On rare occasions The other child also joined them, which meant Kara had an engagement away from the house. It was then that Lee would read from a children's Colonial history book.

While the two older children went to school on the compound their history lessons there also taught of the country that now sheltered them. Their mother had taken on the role of assuring a solid background in their own people's history and culture. So when Kara wasn't there Lee took on that role.

The small interlude was sacred in the Adama household and everyone along the way to the President's door facilitated as necessary. At the end of the reading period a small snack was provided for the busy father and his children. Then the youngest two would be off for a nap, while if Charlie were in attendance he would return to his schoolwork in the big chair. Sometimes Lee would even catch sight of him glancing through one of Joseph Adama's law books.
01 October 2011 @ 08:38 pm
My Midshipman made me very unhappy today by losing to Air Force by one point in overtime. I feel especially sorry for the kicker who missed not only a field goal early in the game, but the extra point after their overtime touch down.
The school cites drinking and sexual activity stats as reason for the action:

"However, 41.5 percent of students in co-ed dorms report weekly binge drinking, compared to 17.6 percent in single-sex housing. Another 55.7 percent of students in co-ed housing report having had a sexual partner in the last year, compared to 36.8 percent in single-sex dorms. Students in co-ed dorms are more than twice as likely to have had three or more sex partners."

04 June 2011 @ 12:12 pm
The policy which takes effect in November allows for permanent eyebrows, eyeliner, lipstick and lip liner.

The change is apparently motivated by recruiting needs.

"This practice, Drouillard said, is gaining popularity among civilians and many potential recruits are being turned away because they had the procedure done."

New uniform rules

Sort of leaves me wondering why any woman would want to have a permanent lip color, but I guess you can still use other colors over it.
01 June 2011 @ 08:05 pm
has reached us. I haven't been under one of these since I was driving back to the east coast after living in Kansas for two years.
27 May 2011 @ 06:18 pm
The commanding officer of the USN's Blue Angels flight demonstartion team was releived at his own request today. The request is the result of an error in last Sunday's airshow that brought the team too close to the ground coming out of a maneuver.

In his statement he said: “This maneuver, combined with other instances of not meeting the airborne standard that makes the Blue Angels the exceptional organization that it is, led to my decision to step down."

Definitely a crisis of confidence in himself and I have to applaud him for having the honesty and integrity to take this action.

The vid is here, with the error clear at about the 24:06 minute mark. You see them pull apart right away (which was reportedly initiated by the "knock it off" emergency command designed for such flight safety circumstances), and they ended the show right after that.
07 May 2011 @ 08:52 pm
The Air Force grounded all of their F-22s earlier this week over issues with the oxygen system.

Quote from a military aviation board I follow regarding one incident with the aircraft:

"The pilot scraped the underside of the aircraft on trees during a landing approach... The pilot does not recall the incident and is being treated for physiological symptoms.”

Not something we like to see.
21 April 2011 @ 05:33 pm
For every person that watches the trailer on YouTube National Geographic will contribute 10 cents (up to a total of $100,000) for lion and big cat conservation.

This means up to 1,000,000 watches and currently they are at 240,401.

I've always been a big cat fan not to mention the admittedly tenuous connection to BSG.
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It's surprising how you might not find out about these things without looking in the right places. This is a reminder of how very dangerous the fighter pilot profession is. I recently was looking at the list of aircraft dispositions for USN fighters and it's disheartening how many are lost this way.

March 30: U.S. Marine Corps. F/A-18 engine explodes onoard USS John C. Stennis; 11 injured

April 6: Two Killed in El Centro, California Fighter Jet Crash

April 11: Jet Catches Fire Aboard USS Carl Vinson

Both of the engine fires were in F/A-18C Hornets, which is the older and smaller version of the aircraft currently being used. In the El Centro crash the aircraft was identified as a Super Hornet, the larger version. The two pilot model is the F/A 18F. It looks like all of these were doing pre-deployment training of some type. I haven't seen anything yet on what the immediate cause of the El Centro crash was. I'll be curious to see if the engine fire issues are found related and whether or not any stand-down comes of this.

Oh and just to make things extra special Naval training squadron commander relieved of duty.

This is the guy that runs the squadron giving new pilots the training in the aircraft they are actually going to be flying in potential combat. Before that they've been through initial flight training in a turboprop and "type" training in a small jet. So like Kara's boss when she was training Zak to fly a Viper.