Place could use a coat of paint but WOW

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  1. noworries

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    What a joy it was to see all of the students from both of these academies. Not just as they stood on the football field before the game. Which was absolutely amazing. Giving us a chance to reflect on their hard work and dedication, if just for a moment. But watching them interact; mutual respect; leaders and warriors recognizing the blood, sweat, and tears, sleepless nights, overwhelming emotions, endless deadlines being met, and high standards being exceeded. You could see it in their eyes and the way they walked, talked, and listened. The calm expectation of excellence in themselves, and those lucky enough to be in their presence. The patient acceptance of others not as polished or well versed. You could hear their humility as they spoke. They clearly understood, that although one person can and will make a difference. That one person never did or does anything by themselves. Rather, that one persons actions are the result of his or her beliefs, values, support, experiences and mentorship. You could see their gratitude for having good mentors and meaningful experiences.

    It was clear as I walked around campus and talked to the students and faculty that purpose, direction, and motivation are certainly provided.

    I couldn't help but wonder how far their influence will spread. The number of lives that will be improved because of their examples; the number of business practices that will be improved because of their wisdom; the number of communities that will be improved because of their leadership.

    Guess that might be why a service academy is so highly regarded and a service academy graduate is so highly respected.
     
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    I would like to make a contribution to get Wiley Hall painted. Not sure that is acceptable by MARAD or others with responsibility for maintenance but I would seriously contribute.
     
  4. Is2day4him

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    they just painted wiley like 2 years ago. the problem is they do it quick and dirty and don't actually do it right. it looked good for about 2 months.
     
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    My vote would be for Land Hall
     
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    As a former enlisted(U.S. NAVY) I have just again seen one of the most frightening phrases ever used in the services, I had thought it to be outlawed by the Geneva conv.From the "just touch up the bad spots" to the "The Gen/Adm might inspect". What is this terrible phrase that can strike fear in the hearts of battle harden men.

    SURE COULD USE A COAT OF PAINT.:eek:
     
  7. baxted

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    I briefly worked in a tug yard. The only thing worse than than "Sure could use a coat of paint" is when that phrase is followed by: "Why don't you get the needle gun and chip some of that rust off first?" That was a sure way to turn a 2 hour paint job into a 3 day project!
     
  8. Is2day4him

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    you mean you don't love chipping and painting? man... i thought deckies lived to chip and paint.
    ;)
     
  9. Mindy G

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    is that what deckies do?
     
  10. zonker

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    That, make coffee, and color.... ;) Sometimes Crafts, if it's near Thanksgiving or other holidays.
    (This according to numerous engineers I've spoken with...hahahah. But, No, not really, no)
    I am certain the deckies have equally humorous compliments to pay to their esteemed engineering colleagues.
     
  11. Is2day4him

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    about the best one i've heard is "while they're down there sweating their a**es off, i'm relaxing on the bridge, drinking coffee."

    wow, good one...
    hahaha
    basically engineers will rib on deckies all day if given the chance. in fact, many here at KP have started using the term "Deckie" as a derrogotory slur.
    "them d*** deckies been usin the engineers' toilet again!" (said in heavy southern accent for best effect). occasionally threats are made to burn wooden sextants in their yards. hahaha. it's all in good fun.
     
  12. zonker

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    Of course, I always admire and appreciate the pictures the deckies take, compared with the engineers:

    Deckie: Look at the picture of our ship passing under the Golden Gate Bridge!
    Engineer: Look at the picture of the steel bulkhead I'm sitting in front of as our ship passes under the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Deckie: Look at the picture of our ship passing through the Suez Canal!
    Engineer: Look at the picture of the steel bulkhead I'm sitting in front of as our ship passes through the Suez Canal.

    Deckie: Look at the picture of our ship docking in Japan!
    Engineer: Look at the picture of the steel bulkhead I'm sitting in front of as our ship docks in Japan.

    Deckie: Look at the picture of the beautiful sunset (one of many) we see from the bridge!
    Engineer: Look at the clock on the steel bulkhead...supper soon, hurry up!

    You get the drift. :) :) :)
     
  13. Mindy G

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    don't we drift if the deckies AND engineerers don't do their jobs???!!! Sorry could not resist
     
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    i just tell my engine friends, you just keep 'er moving and ill keep her from hitting stuff.:thumb:

    that, and ill be a shopper. so ill know enough about engineering to break stuff for them to fix :shake::shake:
     
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    We need to write to our congressmen

    DS has said that funding cuts are proposed for KP and that the adjunct profs are being reviewed with the idea of cutting them, including tutors.
    Does anyone have additional information about this? I understand that the national parents association is supposed to be drafting a letter that we can draw from to send to our reps. KP is in dire need of any additional funding it can get.
     
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    This what I noticed last year after parents' weekend. I hope you get to see something similar in your sons and daughters. They are all working hard at so many things we might never understand. But we understand they are working for things that matter.
     

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