Winter Leave Question

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  1. Mariner Mom

    Mariner Mom New Member

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    Hi everyone.....trying to get the Christmas/Winter travel plans set.....lots of good fares on flights on Dec 19th (Saturday) .....the Regimental Calendar states "no food or berthing" for that day.......Question:

    Since Friday the 18th is the last day of class, can the student sleep (berth) at KP Friday night and leave on Saturday morning the 19th? Or must they leave Friday afternoon? Also, can they come back on Saturday the 2nd of January or is the no food/no berthing still in effect?

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  2. donar

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    12/18 & 12/19

    Check the Regimental Calendar again .. I believe it says the "No Food/Berthing" is not effective till 0800 on Saturday morning 12/19.
    Nothing about when it ends.
     
  3. Mariner Mom

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    The paper version does not have that info. The online version, on the parent's link does say (08:00)

    It is pretty significant to know this info. Our Plebe will be trying to find something out today. I'll contact the Parent's Association for for details, just thought there might be someone on here that could advise.....thanks
     
  4. Mariner Mom

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    Well.....like a lot of things in life, the answers to my questions are a firm; "It Depends".......so, guess we will roll the dice and take a chance.................
     
  5. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Don't forget there is always the stay the night with local friends if your midshipman has made any of those contacts.
     
  6. KPMarineopsdad

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    Do they still assign "host families" to the mids? I know my DS has one, but he has never had to impose on them because he always knew someone who lived nearby.
     
  7. DinghyMom

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    Homo studentus universitatus

    This was too good not to share.....:shake:

    Kids home on college break: Homo studentus universitatus season is winding to a close
    Barbara Brotman
    January 11, 2010
    For nature lovers, this season has brought the appearance of a special species, homo studentus universitatus, a.k.a. the college student on break.

    This highly social creature, which travels in packs and leaves a trail of unwashed dishes, is apparently drawn to return every winter to its parental nest. Researchers speculate that it is attracted to large-screen TVs, down comforters and a ready supply of food.

    The initial arrival of homo studentus in late December is heralded by the appearance of a large pile of dirty laundry. This is followed by other piles of shoes and clothes, as the denim-rumped primate marks its territory by covering all flat surfaces with its possessions. Within days, the floor of its den is nearly impassable, though interestingly, the creature itself seems not to notice.

    It generally remains in its winter habitat through mid-January, displaying the characteristics that make it a particularly intriguing form of wildlife.

    A nocturnal animal, homo studentus is rarely glimpsed before mid-afternoon. Observers are warned: Do not attempt to disturb it before it awakens, as it can become hostile.

    Once it begins to stir, it generally moves slowly to the vicinity of a television and a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. Again, do not approach it; at this point the creature appears to be unable to engage in conversation or even to hear sounds such as requests to walk the dog.

    By late afternoon, however, homo studentus becomes fully conscious and begins to interact with other members of its species.

    Homo studentus communicates largely by using its opposable thumbs for texting. The species' social structure is complex and communal. Individuals gather in collectives, similar to hives, with different individuals fulfilling specific roles. One may buy the beer; another may surf YouTube for funny videos of animals.

    They will often congregate on sofas in family rooms, burrowing underneath fleece throws and blankets. The pack can grow so large and dense that it may be difficult to discern which feet belong to which body. Observers trying to track the populations are advised to count heads.

    Homo studentus is an extremely intelligent species, judging by the creatures' GPAs, their verbal interactions and their speed with answers to "Jeopardy!" However, scientists are puzzled by their inability to fold blankets or put dishes into a dishwasher. It may be that their brains have evolved to specialize in such tasks as remembering lines from movies and applying to graduate school, to the detriment of those parts of the brain that are involved in such tasks as hanging clothes in a closet.

    They appear to be cold-blooded, judging by the levels at which they set the thermostat. On the other hand, their preference for indoor heat may be a function of not paying for utilities.

    Those who hope to observe this species closely can attract them by providing the right environment. Set out feeders, e.g. pizzas. Scatter indoor areas with pillows. Provide premium cable channels and potato chips. Stay out of sight and don't touch the remote.

    You may not always see the creatures themselves, particularly if you sleep at night. Some people have gone days without seeing the examples of homo studentus that have taken up residence in their homes. Be patient, and look for signs: A profusion of hair-care products in your bathroom, perhaps, or tire tracks in the snow on your front lawn. Eventually, even the most elusive of the creatures will show themselves, if only to ask you to buy more Honey Nut Cheerios.

    The rewards of the species' visit are substantial -- a window into a complex society, happy noise in a quiet house, an impressive library of funny animal videos and the way your credit card feels so vibrantly alive. Indeed, many wildlife watchers are reluctant to see the creatures depart, and abandon their roles as observers to hug and kiss the creatures.

    But the homo studentus season is brief. No matter how much the creatures have enjoyed the family nest and the use of their own bathrooms, they will soon return to college. Nature lovers must put away their binoculars, turn down the thermostat and bide their time until spring migration.
     
  8. kdbax

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    Dinghymom, that was priceless.:shake: I did find it funny, though, that while DS was home and putting on his uniform to go to church for Christmas, he had a fit that I didn't have a lint roller waiting for him. Before KP, he wouldn't have know what a lint roller did.:rolleyes:
     
  9. KPMarineopsdad

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    He may not admit it, but he probably knows what a "swiffer" is too.:biggrin:
     
  10. Mindy G

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    That was great!!! Thanks for the laugh. I have one staying with me after graduation in May 09
     

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