So its been quite some time since i updated and now for the first time in about 6 months i have some free time to devote to making this mess make some sense. In April '01 i graduated from NPS and moved to Saratoga Springs, NY for the second half of nuclear officer training at NPTU Ballston Spa. To make that long winded section bearable i can short the story by saying that i qualified EOOW on 17 OCT. In the meantime i had decided to make the leap and request Hawaii as my first permanent duty station... figured i could more than handle being 3500 plus miles from everyone i grew up with and went to school in worcester with. (Can you end sentences with that?) The Navy, in it's infinite wisdom, placed me instead in Groton, CT. While at first dissapponting in contrast to the prospects of Hawaii, this turns out to be a very good place for me to go :) so close to so many people i care about. a bit about myself: Back in May of 2000, actually on the 20th, my life changed dramatically. I graduated college which proves i'm a chemical engineer, i also and more significantly accepted a commission in the US Navy, so i'm an Ensign with a chemical engineering degree from WPI... So hey, employment is taken care of... but its not all hunkey-dorey either... i had to leave everyone i care for and more or less start over... but i'm getting ahead of myself. Shortly after graduating, my lease was up so i moved in with some close friends temporarily and tried to ingnore that last adverb. Concurrently, my family moved from East Longmeadow, MA to Belchertown, MA... so in a week i had to leave my apartment of 2 years and my home of 13 years... a bit unsettling, yeah, but good friends do miraculous grounding work for the soul :) The rest of the summer was pretty uneventful until the very end (if you discount the performance of A Long Red Herring - see theatre section). After June and July and some of August working at the ROTC through which i was commissioned, I began my Naval career in earnest by relocating to NDSTC, Panama City, FL, for Dive School. So now i'm an Ensign SUBSCUBA Diver with a Chemical Engineering degree. Yet its not over yet... Following Dive School i detached and took some leave in Disney World with two of my close friends from school who were there on vacation at the same time i was to be travelling "by - on my way" to Charleston, SC... (i took a wrong turn on I-75... thought it was 95... really...) Reaching Charleston, i checked in to NNPTC (Naval Nuclear Power Training Command) and enrolled in NPS (Nuclear Power School). Now i'm using my degree and applying it to nuclear propulsion plants... re-learning everything i learned in school, and some new stuff too. That brings us up to date. My interests include competitive swimming, acting, SCUBA diving, paintball, hiking, canoeing, climbing, camping, poetry, and of course the Navy: special warfare and silent service in particular. i seldom have time for all but the last of them though. grrrr. back to poetry for a sec: everyone should write a few poems in their spare time... check 'em out. i have a twin sister, an older brother, and an older sister. Carrie was responsible for compiling the finest collection of historical women's clothing in western, MA at the Strong Museum in Amherst, MA all the while finishing her degree and graduating from Smith College. She's currently working for Barnes and Noble Booksellers in MA. Mike has graduated with a BS in Physics from Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts, formerly North Adams State College, almost 2 full years ago now. Mike's decided to do some photography, aerial now is the genre, i believe; He's also beginning to get some experience in professional photography as well... need pictures taken? i can hook you up with him. He's also an accomplished praticer of Aikido in which he assists as an instructor at a local college. Laura was until recently attending Prescott University in Arizona, does alot of climbing and hiking, and i'm in general jealous of that :) now she's causing trouble somewhere in Texas last i heard. My geneology will be linked here... Scottish, Irish, British, and a bit French Canadian... sorry that's an after-thought...
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