Intro from a California Mom

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  1. basilrathbone

    basilrathbone Member

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    My daughter just accepted her Appointment to the Naval Academy and we're all thrilled. My husband is a USNA grad '85 and still active duty. She'll be our first child to leave so we're a little sad about that but mostly we're proud of the choices she's made to get to this point.
     
  2. usnahopeful

    usnahopeful USNA Midshipman

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    Welcome to the forums! Where in CA are you from? I am from Nor CA Solano County :) I'll be there on I-day too :)... CONGRATULATIONS to your daughter and you!
     
  3. basilrathbone

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    We're in SoCal. I think we'll head out to MD a few days early so she can adjust to the time change and humidity before the fun of Plebe Summer begins. Is your future Plebe a son?
     
  4. usnahopeful

    usnahopeful USNA Midshipman

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    No, I am the future plebe and I am a female :)
    Oh ok :), we are heading up to the CGA first because my twin brother reports there for R-day then we will fly down the the Naval Academy for I-day :)!!!
     
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    Congratulations on your daughter's accomplishments. Welcome to the forum. :thumb:
     
  7. Pachrian

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    Congrats to your daughter. Depending on where you live in SoCal, getting a nomination can be quite difficult.

    We live in OC and my son is an incoming plebe too.
     
  8. Maui1

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    Hey,

    Congrats to all. We are coming from California, too, the high desert. We will be leaving a few days early so we can adjust to the weather, also. Please keep us posted on if it was ever decided where to "meet and greet" each other.
     
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  9. vampsoul

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    Congratulations to your daughter!
     
  10. basilrathbone

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    Thanks to all. This whole college process has been eye opening. I'm humbled by all of the talented kids that didn't receive nominations or an appointment this year.

    Are you California parents planning to bring your kids home for Thanksgiving?
     
  11. usnahopeful

    usnahopeful USNA Midshipman

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    I know, I am not coming home for Thanksgiving but I also have many relatives back east- I don't want to risk not getting back on time and also I would have only a little time back home anyways- my parents are probably going to fly back and meet my brother (USCGA swab to be) and I.
     
  12. Maui1

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    Welp.......I just assumed son would be coming home Thanksgiving but I guess we really need to officially address it here at the home front....all together. We'll have to get with you on this one.
     
  13. Capt MJ

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    From many years of observing West Coasters struggle with whether to try to get home and back for Thanksgiving, I've seen it go a lot of ways. It can be done, but it's a tight turn. Mids usually come back exhausted from the time zone whiplash but still appreciative of the time, however short, at home. For plebes especially, just wearing their favorite jeans and swapping stories with HS friends is enjoyable.

    Usually (always caveated at a SA, just because something's been done one way for a while, doesn't mean it's written in stone), Wednesday classes prior Thanksgiving start early in the AM so they can be wrapped up by noon. That makes 3 pm flights doable out of BWI. BWI, as are most major airport hubs, is an absolute zoo on that Wednesday.

    On the Sunday return, much depends on whether it's a 6 pm, 8 pm, 10 pm or "x" pm return time. Mid Regs used to require that the flight be scheduled to land 2 hours before report time, but I haven't looked that up recently. That gave the traveler some fudge time in case of delays. The return times shift around from year to year, because all it takes is one goat rope of an all-night head count where they can't get a solid muster number, and the return time shifts to the earlier hour again.

    If there is an act of God such as weather which legitimately delays the return, the midshipmen will be covered, as long as he or she has followed current regulations about the original scheduling of the flight. It's asking for trouble to book a 5 pm landing time for a 6 pm return time. We had one sponsor plebe a few years back who landed at Dulles at 4, had to be back at USNA at 6. My husband, retired fighter pilot extraordinaire, delivered him to Bancroft with about 2 minutes to spare until muster time. For those of you who know the challenges of driving Dulles - Metro DC Beltway - US 50 to Annapolis, on the Sunday of a Thanksgiving weekend, can appreciate the feat. BWI, BWI, BWI, no matter how cheap a deal you can get into Dulles or Reagan National.

    Some of our mid sponsor families from the West Coast have done things like joined East Coast family for the holiday, maximizing the break time for the midshipman. We've had a couple of families meet at BWI, take the train from BWI to NYC, and do the town, taking advantage of the USO military discounts the mids can score.

    And we usually have 4-5 sponsor sons/daughters and other mid orphans at the table, which is always a pleasure for our family. We let them drive the cars around Annapolis, very exciting for the plebes and completely legit when in leave (not liberty) status.

    Let the plebes settle in, find out what the score is for this year, and make the decision.
     
  14. basilrathbone

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    Thanks for the great response. I really appreciate your insight.
     
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    I was "drowsy posting," felt guilty later on for sending the thread off-track from the more appropriate Introductions/welcome theme.
     
  16. Pachrian

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    At this point we think it might be best if our son goes to his grandparents' over Thanksgiving. Since they live in NJ and we are in SoCal it seems like the best chice at the moment. That might change, and we'll tackle that question as we get closer.

    Capt MJ mentioned wearing their favorite jeans and that made me think. If my son does indeed go to his grandparents, we better mail them some of his civilian clothes. :shake:
     
  17. Bronco 512

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    Your daughter will love it here in Annapolis great place, great weather, great people. (I live here in Annapolis not as a student, but hopefully will be.)
     
  18. GoNavyMom

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    Intro From California

    Welcome to the forum.

    My daughter is also class of 2013.

    Lots of great info here.
     
  19. usna2012mom

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    Welcome to the forum and welcome to USNA. We are from Northern CA. Be prepared for time to fly by. We just returned from Annapolis. We went out for Herndon. Hard to believe that plebe year is over. Wow!
     

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