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Daghir Photo Good evening from the Mother Thetis. I'm not sure where the "mother" came from but my guess is that it follows the mythological story: Thetis is a river goddess, originally admired by the gods but when a certain prophecy is unveiled, they drop her, and wed her against her will to a mortal. Long story short, Achilles is her son and she gets mad that he is not of the gods, so personally dips him into a magical River Styx (holding his heel). His good buddy and brother-in-arms is Patroclus. These are, in fact, the two names of our ready boats: Achilles and Patroclus. So now that you’ve had a nice little history lesson, I will get onto the good stuff.


Okay, in 10 days and a wake up, we will be moored up back in Key West, and Hanna and I will be set free for three weeks of leave before we begin our very last year at the CGA. It's hard to believe and amazing that we are so close to the end of our summer training.


It's time to put in our Cadet Evaluation Report bullets to the ensign evaluating our summer training and I was surprised by all of the great things I came up with. I have to say that leaving the Thetis is going to be really bittersweet and even though we were underway for our entire summer training period, I don’t think we could have had a better time. Hanna and I have saved a sea turtle; interdicted drugs; traveled through the Panama canal; stopped in Central America; and seen water spouts, lightning storms, sharks, whales, dolphins, flying fish, shooting stars, a meteor, jumping sting rays, sunrises, sunsets, boat launches, boat chases, helicopter takeoffs and landings, a sloth, and a hot dog eating contest! I qualified Quartermaster of the Watch and Basic Damage Control, and am still working on Advanced Damage Control and underway OOD. We learned our way around Panama City and tasted some weird Costa Rican fruit. We had a swim call (in the same water as the sharks) and dressed out for every firefighting drill all summer. Hanna and I played trivia on the captain's team, and we managed to keep the mood light wherever we were and whatever we were doing. I had a really great summer and am so happy to have spent it the way I did. I would consider going to a 270' next year but I think I'd rather go to Boston (I don't think I've stopped sweating since I got off the plane in Key West). I earned a total of five nicknames, fell out of my rack once, messed up most of the pipes I made, and met a lot of really cool, experienced, helpful, caring people who love doing their jobs and being in the Coast Guard, all of whom took me into their home and taught me all they could in two months.


So, I have to say that this year is off to a good start. I am excited to lead the Regimental Review Department of Delta Company and to play lacrosse and cheer for the Bears (and fit in some time for school), but I am already missing the Mother Thetis and know that while I'm in some random class this year, my mind will wonder what she's up to.