Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Rad Diego

Civvie Mike Hudson and Petty Officer 2nd Class Charlie Kemp, U.S. Navy

Standing with Khalil Green

As I said, what an awesome weekend. Here are the highlights:

  • Hudson and I defied death and dismemberment to get his old big TV out of his apartment, down a narrow flight of steps, into his car (and then adjusting it after it toppled over five minutes into the trip), back out of his car, and into the minivan of Mary from Greenville. Steve Davis, you owe us steaks.
  • After an ill-advised trip to Wendy's, we headed to downtown San Diego, eventually making out way to Petco Park for the 2007 Tony Gwynn Classic. We caught a few innings of University of San Diego vs. University of Oklahoma. Highlight of the game: OU centerfielder Joseph Hughes making a diving, over-the-shoulder catch on the warning track. Well played, young Hughes.
  • Saturday evening, we met up with the pride of Greenville and the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Charlie Kemp. We grabbed a beer with Charlie and some of his mates at an Irish bar in the Gaslamp District, then gave Charlie a ride back to Naval Base San Diego. After filling out the appropriate paper work, Charlie gave us a tour of his ship, the U.S.S. Chosin, a cruiser based out of Pearl Harbor. This was an incredibly cool experience. Charlie took us all over the ship (responsibly keeping us out of the areas where we shouldn't have been), including various computer rooms, his sleeping quarters (a grand total of 21 square feet), the room where they actually steer the thing, and all over the deck. There are approximately 8 billion pieces to a ship like this, and Charlie knows the name and function of each one. Pipes and gaskets and control panels and display monitors and choppers and guns and "mankiller" doors big enough to crush a human. This was the highlight of the trip and one of the more memorable experiences of my life. Many thanks to Charlie for the tour!
  • A Microsoft convention almost drove us out of town that night, but we finally found a Motel 6 that had one room left. With one bed. Better not to go into too much detail on this point.
  • Before heading home Sunday, we had a great breakfast downtown with Ryan Ahrens and his girl Kaitlin. Thanks for the vittles, R-Dub!
All in all, a helluva trip. It was great to get out of the city for a day, and San Diego showed us a great time. Huzzah!


eviedee said...

Sounds like a great weekend! BTW is Hudson planning on getting his hair cut......EVER?

Solari said...

Best part of this post? Two things: Hudson in the faux Clement jersey and you with Khalil Greene.

Reason? Clement and Khalil? That's right, both from Butler, Pa.

Craig said...

We remarked upon that during the trip, Solar.