Monday, February 19, 2007

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    It is the artist's business to create sunshine when the sun fails.
    -Romain Rolland

    My parents must be the best of luck. In the middle of two weeks of rain, (relative) chilliness, and general winterness, my parents came from the stormy northeast and got the two nicest San Diego days we've had in weeks. Absolutely beautiful. Warm. Sunny. Everything San Diego is supposed to be. And as soon as they left? More rain. Not that I'm complaining - I'd rather have off in the sun and work in the rain.

    In between all the catching up, we did some touristy stuff showed the sock a good time.

    Knitting on the USS Midway:
    (and some fun facts)

    Daily food requirements:

    Meals served: 13,000
    Bread: 1,000 loaves
    Pies for one serving each: 650
    Beef for one large serving each: 4,250 lbs.
    Vegetables: 5,000 lbs.
    Meat: 4,500 lbs.
    Dry provisions: 20,000 lbs.
    Potatoes: 3,000 lbs.

    Here's the sock enjoying the view off the Midway (towards NAS North Island - can you see the active carrier the USS Nimitz in the distance?)

    Crew: 4,500
    Monthly payroll: $1.2 million
    Telephones: 1,500
    Compartments: 2,000
    Electric motors: more than 2,000
    Miles of piping: 200
    Miles of copper conductor: 3,000
    Miles of fire hose: 4.5
    Fresh water produced: 240,000 gallons daily

    And . . . 18 hospital beds, 1 ICU bed, 2 ORs, and an X-ray department. Not to mention the fun of twice-daily sick call.
    The sock (and the beau) even enjoyed experiencing the ejection seats for themselves. Something tells me that my Brittany Birch needles wouldn't do so well at the excessive G-forces of being ejected from a fighter jet . . . Oh, and the sock? The tweedy goodness of the Plain Winter Socks for the Knitting Vintage Socks Knitalong. Worsted weight - flying by! (Pun intended.)

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    Blogger Kim said...

    Sounds like you had a great time! I almost lived in San Diego....

    That is a lot of food!

    2/19/2007 3:23 PM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    Those are some crazy numbers! Glad you and the 'rents had a good time!

    2/19/2007 4:13 PM  
    Blogger Unknown said...

    That looks fun! We've sailed by the Midway many times, but have never gone inside. Now that our younger son is getting older, we'll have to take the boys down sometime. Glad that your parents were here for our great weekend!

    2/19/2007 4:53 PM  
    Blogger Rebecca said...

    Those numbers don't even compart to a cruise ship where everyone's sole purpose is to EAT..LOL

    I enjoyed your pictures, especially the LAST one :-)

    2/19/2007 5:02 PM  
    Blogger Karin said...

    Looks like a pretty cool time!

    I have got to get out to SD sometime. It looks like a lovely city.

    2/19/2007 8:57 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I wonder if "Dry Provisions" includes candy...

    2/20/2007 5:58 AM  
    Blogger Carole Knits said...

    Wow, that's a lot of food! Sounds like you guys had a fun time with the sock.

    2/20/2007 6:17 AM  
    Blogger Elinor said...

    Oh, man - you two are really, really cute. A handsome couple, I'd say!!

    2/20/2007 6:35 AM  
    Blogger Anneliese Kelly said...

    T, your hair is so long! It's really pretty, I love it. Guess that's what happens when we don't see each other for 8 months :(

    2/20/2007 6:40 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It sounds like you had good times (it's always nice when the weather cooperates with touristy vetures).

    And also, you + beau = cute.

    2/20/2007 8:24 AM  
    Blogger christine karr said...

    Ah, you two are so cute! So is the sock, not to leave anyone out!

    2/20/2007 9:35 AM  
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    2/20/2007 12:03 PM  
    Blogger cantamus said...

    oh, i'm so jeallous! i love aircraft carriers and fighterplanes! i've never been on an aircraft carrier and i probably will not, too. you're so lucky! :)

    2/22/2007 4:50 AM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    Wow, next time we want perfect weather we'll just have your parents visit! The sock really got around!

    2/22/2007 1:05 PM  
    Blogger Kate Diamond said...

    Hair looks good. Man looks good. Life in San Diego... looks pretty darn good.

    Oh, so do the socks. :)

    2/25/2007 9:58 PM  
    Blogger Lynda said...

    Dry provisions could include yarn, maybe? I like this post - I like seeing you in your element!

    2/26/2007 1:00 PM  

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