Day 1

Saturday: June 11, 2016

I woke up half an hour early to pack anything I forgot, but somehow left half an hour later than scheduled (??!) and was even nearly late to board my flight. But even then, I boarded later than I was supposed to because I spaced out and didn’t pay attention haha. So my flight was at 8:40 (an hour later than the time in Annapolis) and arrived in Maryland at about noon. 

It isn’t hard to spot the Midshipmen stationed to pick you up. They’re standing/sitting around baggage claim and direct you to where you’re supposed to go. It isn’t hard to spot a gaggle of kids crowding around a midshipman. After that, I boarded a bus that took us to the Academy. 

Upon arrival we were taken to the big building (used for balls and banquets for the Midshipmen) and received our lanyards and clothes (everything they give you is for you to keep). 

Afterwards, you’re taken to Bancroft hall, where you’ll be living with two other people in a room for the rest of your stay, and told to immediately change into a set of clothes you’re given. When you arrive back onto the Deck after changing, you can choose to hang around and talk with a few Midshipmen or play intramural sports. [Nobody came to pick us up for intramural sports] The Midshipmen I was surrounded with during my stay were mostly nice and caring. They weren’t strict or entirely “stiffs” as I initially thought.

At around 5 pm or so, the squad leaders arrive onto the Deck and begin organizing their platoons and squads. This is very hectic and chaotic at first, nobody knows where to go and everybody’s asking everybody else about groups and such.

After finding the correct herds, there is formation and then the first meal with the squad; dinner. During all three meals of the day, there will be some squads roaming and mingling with different squads.  

You’re given time to reflect and whatnot about your day and write a “Thought Of The Day” to your squad leader. You’re then given ‘personal time’, which you can use  to bond with your squad or shower; your choice. After personal time, there’s a count off performed every night and the nightly serenade of the Navy Blue and Gold song and then sleep. 

You’re gonna need the sleep for the next day.


 

Contemporariness

So today was “Dress Up As You Favorite Character” Day in school today. I went for Mary Poppins but unfortunately could not find a long skirt to match my blazer (thanks, mom).

Thankfully my teacher and friend helped me complete this look by providing me with an umbrella and hat. Without it, I’d be Nanny McPhee or even Clara Oswald. But nonetheless I’ve come to a conclusion that I look like the universal stereotype of an English nanny. Call me The Nanny.

Unfortunately again I cannot fly with umbrellas nor will The Doctor come and whisk me off my feet (still hoping, though). I, however, embody the look of a nanny- so why can’t I go on exciting adventures traveling through the sky? I tell puns (great ones, I’ll add), I yell at children, and enjoy life as much as possible. So what’s my excuse to not having awesome adventures?

Perhaps… It means I’ll have to go on my own adventures- make fun for myself. 

After all, I am The Nanny

Anything can happen if you let it – Mary Poppins

Solitude

Listening to the silence drumming in my ears

the sounds of nothing, humming and droning

a perpetual dread.

A lonely song.

It has a sense of tranquility, really

the peace of being alone

the peace of white noise.

This is when I can hear my heartbeat

My own beat,

My own rhythm,

My own life.

Listening to the silence music of solitude

listening to the vibrations,

Feeling the footfall and the voices from the cracks

from under the floor

The sounds of screaming and death just beyond me

just stopping.

They’ve gone now,

Leaving a trail of blood and tears

in search for the minority-

Ripping futures from the children

Throwing the past into the fires;

But now that they’ve gone…

I’m left alone in my void-

My perpetual dread.

Alone in silence.

 

That is when the voices begin.

Vietnam | Emeralda Resort — From Swerve of Shore

I spent a few days last week photographing the Emeralda Resort on the outskirts of Ninh Binh in northern Vietnam. Here are just a few images from the property, which is in a beautiful locale a few hours away from Hanoi, spread out across the rice fields and karst mountains and winding streams of the […]

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Turning the Corner

Spring is no longer around the corner- but its weather (or at least down in Texas) is still lagging behind.
Ah, spring. The season of blossoming allergies and the return of pollen and bees, creatures that defy the very laws of physics with their tiny wings completely non-proportional to their very bodies.

But alas, after the long, uneventful Winter comes a new Spring.

And what better to celebrate with amateur horror stories?

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