I did notice that during each visit I saw many older guys walking around telling their kids, grandkids, and now great grandkids about their time serving aboard that ship. The only time I got a good chance to hear some stories was my first visit. Since then I have had to keep watch over my kids while trying to listen to one of those fellows tell some of their history on the ship. I hope I have a chance to listen first hand to one of those sailors before they all move on. While these ships, active and retired, are steel the people serving aboard them give them a life all their own.
The torpedo repair room aboard the Yorktown. A nearby sign displayed at a cutaway torpedo display says that these things carried 75 pounds of explosives. Talk about a place to observe all the safety rules to the letter.
I hate that small sailboat that screwed up my shot. The old girl has never changed since that first visit but I do think she needs a coat of paint. While we were there a bunch of guys were very busy putting up a McCain campaign platform with many of his suited flunkies floating around making things ready for the senator because the South Carolina Republican primary was the next day. Since I have a bad habit of speaking my political thoughts I did have a small concern that McCain might drop in early and somehow see my daughter and try and do the old political baby kissing routine on her. She has heard enough of me talking about McCain that if she let something slip it wouldn't have been good. I respect the man's service and what he went through during his time as a POW but on international affairs right now he is almost nuts.
Just had to throw this one of a jeep in for shits and giggles. For those that may not know the new hummers now being used have automatic transmissions. The reason was that many kids going into the service back when the need for a faster vehicle was being developed were tearing the poop out of the straight drive transmissions in these old things. It ended up cheaper to buy automatics and deal with their maintenance and repairs instead of teaching the kids to drive a stick and sending the jeeps to a depot repair time and time again to have the transmission overhauled. And yes, I grounded my fair share of gears before I got the hang of it.