captain diaries Archive

  • I have so many stories to tell about the Auxiliary, and tonight, they all become a little more official! I never before felt so proud to wear my Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)...

    My US Coast Guard Auxiliary Induction

    I have so many stories to tell about the Auxiliary, and tonight, they all become a little more official! I never before felt so proud to wear my Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)...

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  • A poem about how a mariner's relationship with his loved one is falling apart due his love for the sea, and her desire for a different lifestyle on his part. His dreams, she dreaded. His life, she shredded. His dreams sank....

    This Captain is Dead

    A poem about how a mariner's relationship with his loved one is falling apart due his love for the sea, and her desire for a different lifestyle on his part. His dreams, she dreaded. His life, she shredded. His dreams sank....

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  • "God, please look after her," I prayed. "And please God, o please God, let me come back safe to her: allow me to see my love..."

    The Captain Diaries: August 13, 2011

    "God, please look after her," I prayed. "And please God, o please God, let me come back safe to her: allow me to see my love..."

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  • As I stood in that vessel, balancing my body and supporting myself by pressing my legs against the engine room and the deck, I held in my hand not just a line, not just a maritime tool, but also the answer to all my questions....

    The Captain Diaries: May 22, 2011

    As I stood in that vessel, balancing my body and supporting myself by pressing my legs against the engine room and the deck, I held in my hand not just a line, not just a maritime tool, but also the answer to all my questions....

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  •  ...Addressed me as, "Cadet Mongefranco." "Cadet?" I thought. "Wow, that has a nice ring to it!" I felt liberated and invigorated. My life was finally catching up with my future, but this time in real life, not just in my dreams.

    The Captain Diaries: April 10, 2011

    ...Addressed me as, "Cadet Mongefranco." "Cadet?" I thought. "Wow, that has a nice ring to it!" I felt liberated and invigorated. My life was finally catching up with my future, but this time in real life, not just in my dreams.

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  • I can read all the exam preparation books and take all the practice tests in existence, but in the end, speaking English as a second language is my innate disadvantage. I just don't have the vocabulary that other Americans...

    The Captain Diaries: March 31, 2010

    I can read all the exam preparation books and take all the practice tests in existence, but in the end, speaking English as a second language is my innate disadvantage. I just don't have the vocabulary that other Americans...

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  • "Are you absolutely certain that this is what you want to do?" Perhaps I could. But it would require my absolute devotion, enduring financial hardship, and making school my life for three long years. Could I really do it?

    The Captain Diaries: March 29, 2011

    "Are you absolutely certain that this is what you want to do?" Perhaps I could. But it would require my absolute devotion, enduring financial hardship, and making school my life for three long years. Could I really do it?

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