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Sometimes it pays to look up from my work. I might see, oh, maybe an aircraft carrier out my window:
“…having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.”
—Hermann Melville, Moby-Dick or, The Whale
A carrier passed by our house this week.
I wonder where they’re off to…I hope they all come back safe and sound.
So there I was, putting the finishing touches on my revisions, when the carrier John Stennis came steaming home.
Welcome home, Navy guys! This closeup gives you a perspective of its size. Note the 200-car Washington State Ferry in the background:
In fact, seeing how tiny and vulnerable the people on deck look was the inspiration for the mishap in one of my books.
Barkis took it in stride…
But the show wasn’t over. Along came a shiny new yacht, with a helocopter hovering overhead, apparently filming or photographing it.
I put up a slide show of the whole business. And here I thought living on the water was supposed to impart a zen-like calm….
August 15, 2007 in aircraft carriers, authors, bestsellers, books, cruises, Dobermans, dogs, fiction, manuscripts, Navy, photography, promotion, publishing, puppies, reading, writing | Leave a comment
In further news about my apparel, 5000 sailors saw me in my jammies when an aircraft carrier went by my house.
It’s pretty common to see a carrier in this part of the world, but I also live in a spot where the carrier can see
Which is a tad disconcerting when you are standing in your yard, blinking at the dawn, having been awakened by an insistent puppy with a very small bladder.
A passing aircraft carrier is surprisingly quiet, even surrounded by tugs and Coast Guard vessels. It glides by, barely leaving a wake, and on a very still morning at about, say 5:30a.m., sound easily carries across the water.