02 February 2009

Groundhog Day



I hate this movie.

The reason I hate this movie actually has nothing to do with the movie itself. It was because of the first cruise I did on USS George Washington, we got into Norfolk in late December - I believe it was the 20th, but I'm too lazy to look it up - and the winds were too strong to dock us.

At 25 knots of wind the carrier turns into a gigantic sail. The tugs are unable to control the ship when the winds are that high, so they can't push the ship against the dock without risking severe damage to ship and dock.

So, for two days we sat in the basin, probably 300 feet or so from the pier. For two days our wives, girlfriends and significant others waited on the pier for us. They looked at us, we looked at them, and we both waited.

For two days the skipper of the ship caught a helo off the ship every night to go home while we plotted nefarious plots against the helicopter and pilots.

And for two days some wiseass played this movie on the ship's movie channel.

And that's why I hate this movie.

Happy Groundhog Day everyone!

4 comments:

AnnieMcPhee said...

Awww - it could have been worse. It could have been St. Elmo's Fire or something.

I was actually hoping they would play this tonight - at the risk of being annoying as hell, I have probably seen it as many times or more than you and I love it LOL. (Can't stand McDowell though.)

But that was a great story - how awful to be so close and so far.

Larry said...

Ah yes, it was a day - or couple of days rather - to remember. It's a lot funnier now than it was then.
No helicopters or pilots were injured, although the temptation was great.
And we did get home for Christmas, so it all worked out OK.

Steve said...

Ya know, reading stories like that almost makes me glad I didn't go into the Chair Force. I do believe I would have pissed off someone in one of the real branches of the service, and my lil ole redneck ass woulda been grass.

Larry said...

But the Air Farce has the best golf courses!