D-Day Minus One

Ever wonder what the “D” stands for? My first thought I thought it was for “Deployment”, then I was thinking how it was used in the U.S. Air Force and it was more like the first day the plan is executed.  This is the day everything starts. Though I can understand the reluctance to call it “E-Day” as in Execution.

Dauntless Waits to be Unleashed

Dauntless Waits to be Unleashed

So, I think it just becomes “D” as in Day.  Meaning on this day, “D- Day” something is going to happen/begin.

You would think I would know. Why, you wonder?  Well truth be told, I was in war plans for 4 years. Puzzled face? What does that mean?  It means, I was responsible for writing the section of the war plan that dealt with weather support.  I worked with my Air Force counterparts, each of us in a critical specialty and we figured out how shit would get done.

Our new Rudder Zinc and Salca, zinc and cutter combination ($60)

Our new Rudder Zinc and Salca, zinc and cutter combination ($60). http://www.zincwarehouse.com/shaft-anodes/salca-line-cutter-3.html

Sadly, you had to know this did not turn out well, it was only during my second two-year assignment that I discovered that was plans was very bad for your career.  But I actually knew this going in, I did not care, I loved the “Plans Shop”.  All the thinking people in the military were there, pilots, logistics, special operations, personnel, etc.  We were the nerds of the USAF.  I met a lot of great people, some of the most intelligent and interesting (because they had actually done stuff and knew stuff) people I ever worked with.

Though even worse and truly tragic was the fact that the Air Force (and probably all military) having had people assigned to look at a particular problem, region, country and countless different factors and scenarios pretty much 24/7 since time began and then develop a “Plan” that would actually be successful.  But then, when they really needed the Plan, would then totally ignore it due to “political” reasons, by both military and civilian leaders.

And we all know how well that turned out, from Vietnam thru Iraq.

But now we have nothing to fear, but fear itself.

So I’m eating a cookie and drinking a glass of Claret in my cabin.

Just goes to show you how discombobulated I feel. I never eat nor drink in my cabin, that’s almost as bad as eating in the bathroom!

But the boat is as disorganized as ever since the work in the Engine Room is still not 100% finished!!!, therefore the two hatches are still open in the salon. Coupled with the fact, that the boat gets very cold every night, it’s only 56F outside, so the shed is like 57.5.

Even my Claret tastes like it just came from the fridge; well the steady coolness of Dauntless does have its advantages, at least I don’t have to keep the mayonnaise in the fridge.

I just came back from Waterford, having eaten in the best southeast Asian restaurant in Northern Europe (no, that’s not an exaggeration).

Tomorrow we, Dauntless and I, go into the water for the first time since October.  Am I nervous, why else would I be eating in my cabin? And that is not to mean eating in bed. I never eat in bed. I think I did once, only to discover that you had to then sleep with the crumbs.  Forgetaboutit.

Also, having gotten past the interesting, but short lived, period of the food and sex combination, I am quite content to keep everything in its place.

Now, if I only had not taken it out of its place in the first place, then everything would be in its place.

Tomorrow, it’s sink or swim with the big boys.

You can track our progress or lack thereof at https://share.delorme.com/dauntless.  This will give you the location of Dauntless every 10 minutes until the end of time or I stop paying the bill, whichever comes first.

6 thoughts on “D-Day Minus One

  1. Dauntless’ face (or is it bottom?) lift is gloriously beautiful! You look to be doing a splendid job….on new, un-before-done tasks related to her upkeep and seaworthiness! Good sign that things will go as well, or better, at sea (which you HAVE done with her previously) With public speaking apprehension, they say that one HAS to feel a little nerves—adrenaline kicking in to propel one to success. Add a little relaxation breathing to keep it steady…..Looking forward to the ensuing updates! 🙂

  2. Love the gray highlights! Very fitting for Dauntless!

    After another glass of wine, you’ll never notice the crumbs. Best of luck with the splash tomorrow. Hope the ER work gets completed.

  3. What a beauty !!
    About D-Day I don’t know what the D stands for in the US, but it was truly understood as the first letter of Day by the french translators since in french the used translation is “Jour-J” and is historically linked to the Normandy landing (Neptune operation)
    Thanks for all the information you put in your blog.
    Have a nice and safe launching tomorrow

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