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Yearly Archives: 2010

…And Off Again

We pull the brow at noon And off back through the channel Again, on the flight deck Empty, with aircraft gone Crew has removed the catapult launch cylinders for maintenance Blast fences raised for maintenance, too Going up the coast soon Expecting rollers by mid evening Then, we hit it Rollers She is big and … Continue reading …And Off Again

San Diego…

Reached San Diego in calm seas Warm, sunny day Coming into port is an experience like no other On the flight deck Strong wind in my face from our movement Our size and uniqueness seemingly demanding respect Moving slowly down the channel Navy security boats and tugs power toward us Meet us for escort Many … Continue reading San Diego…


One day out until San Diego (Five out from Pearl) Early, a.m. Flight crews prep for departing the ship Loud sounds of running cable top side Ending in wall shuddering loud bangs called “no loads” Charging and release of the catapults Checking steam pressure and water brakes (the bangs) A distinctive dance of sounds Repeated … Continue reading Departures

Not Enough Cards

I figured I would meet a lot of folks on this voyage Sailors, other Tigers So, brought clown business cards About 100 or so To be able to stay in touch Thought they would go to other Tigers Not so Most are to nineteen, twenty year old sailors Sailors I talk to one-on-one and who … Continue reading Not Enough Cards

John Who?

I am here because of the graciousness of my friend, John Porter, the ship’s Director of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) John is my Tiger Cruise sponsor We clowns in Caring Clowns International (CCI) have supported the USS Abraham Lincoln families at John’s request at numerous family parties and ship homecomings I have always liked … Continue reading John Who?

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