So ok, I took 2 days off from the blog. Normally I might take one day a week off whenever I’m just too busy, but for the last few days I’ve been working on TheMailBoxDepot for my mom, DirtySmiles .com my funny video site and CheapGasDiscovery my last new blog where I show people that some weird invention has been discovered where they are actually making car gas OUT OF WATER!. But I have taken time out of all my web bases stuff to watch PBS’s new long format documentary Carrier . Man, this show is amazing.
You probably didn’t know this, but up until about a year ago, your humble blogger (that’s me) was in the Navy Reserves. I say you probably didn’t know because statistics show that 80% of my visitors are first timers-but even you regular readers probably didn’t know. Yeah I went in after Sept. 11 because when I lived in NYC I actually worked for and banked at the Citibank in the basement of WTC. So when the first attack happened I was not happy. And so that second attack made me, by that time an old man of 34, decide what they hell; I’ll join the military. And thus began an insane few years of running around trying to get stuff to happen. At that time the cut-off age was 35 and after tons of rushing and rushing to shut down my life in Los Angeles I got all set for my big “military experience.” And then they told me because it was 2 days before my 35 birthday they wouldn’t process me. Mind you, this was 6 months before the Iraq war broke out-they were very arrogant in those days about turning people away. Single, healthy, college educated people like me. VERY arrogant. Just to put this in perspective; you can join at the advanced age of FORTY TWO nowadays. Can I share with you an expression I learned from my days in showbiz? “Don’t step on any toes today because they might be connected to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow.
Now to ME the program is the best representation of Naval life on a US Aircraft Carrier I’ve ever seen. Granted my time on a carrier was so short it doesn’t even count as a day trip. But I got to do a little deck inspection (where we all walk side by side looking for objects on the landing deck). But really the main meat of the program is the depiction of day to day life in the Navy. So much of what the show captures is what my experience was. There are MANY aspects of the Navy; one guy’s experience can be so totally different from a another guy-or woman. In fact this shows so much of the sticky aspects of Naval life; personal conflict, job conflict, the hierarchy issues, the food issues, the confining issues. And then the weird sexual things that can happen with male/female relations. There are a few show details I don’t want to give away, but the good thing about PBS is I’m positive they’ll rerun the show many times or put it online .
Naval life as it really is aboard the USS Nimitz is really captured so well. And what you’re seeing in the show is all stuff I saw. People from all different backgrounds and races stuck together. For the most part we pulled together. But you would meet people like “Allen” from the show. Just guys who wanted to get out. In the show they show his giant eagle chest tattoo, but it’s not the American eagle, it’s the Third Reich eagle. Allen is an acknowledged racist, but he hangs out with the non-white shipmates in a very fun and casual way. What he really wants is to get out. My mom didn’t know they kicked you out if you were a KNOWN racist. But they do. She wondered how they got in-and I told her, you meet people who come from hard circumstances and they want to get in. They lie. And when they want to get out, they’ll do crazy stuff too. I meet more people than I would have thought who self-destructed. I myself was what they called a “hard charger” meaning I came in with goals and a plan. But I STILL left in a ball of flames. So you see the full spectrum. And this show captures it VERY well.