I am known for a whole bunch of grievous faults, but none so terrible as my response to the innocent question, “How are you?”
“Neat, keen, peachy, swell, fine, good, jolly, etcetera,” is my standard reply, not necessarily because I feel that way, but because without any more cost than the portion of a breath it takes to complete the litany, I’m biased down a path of expanding rather than diminishing possibilities.
How about my daily victims? Well despite their grimaces, groans, and heavy-duty eye-rolling exercises, I am prone to believe that they’re better for the experience as well (though if you read that I’ve been shot by the disgruntled victim of such a daily assault, then I hope someone will chisel “Gee, I guess I was wrong” on my gravestone).
As for the seeming simplicity of my aphoristic approach to life, there’s much to support it in what I refer to as the magic of numbers and names, the best example of which I can think of is the aircraft carrier, Enterprise (CVN 65), eighth in a line of fighting ships dating back to its commissioning in mid-1775 following its capture from the British on Lake Champlain in the early stages of the Revolutionary War.
Evolving from sail to steam, the seventh Enterprise (CV 6) was the first of the Enterprise ships to receive the nickname of Big “E.” Other nicknames included the Lucky “E,” the “Grey Ghost,” and the “Galloping Ghost.” As its designation describes, CV-6 became the sixth aircraft carrier to join the US fleet upon its commissioning as a Yorktown-class carrier on Oct. 3, 1936. With an overall length of 827 feet and a displacement in excess of 32,000 tons, the wood-decked flattop fought in many of the key Pacific theater battles of World War II, and was one of only three American carriers commissioned prior to World War II to survive the war (along with USS Saratoga and USS Ranger).
One of the first ships to respond to its nation’s call to war in 1941 following the Japanese attack on Hawaii, the Big “E” went on to earn 20 battle stars, the most for any US warship in World War II, for the crucial roles it played in numerous battles including Midway, Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, and the “Doolittle Raid” on Tokyo. After its legendary World War II service, the first Big “E” was decommissioned on Feb. 17, 1947 as the most decorated ship in US naval history.
In 1954, Congress authorized the construction of the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, becoming the eighth US ship to bear the name Enterprise upon its commissioning in 1957 as CVN-65, No surprise to its past and present shipmates, Enterprise has continued its frontline activities for more than 50 years, first among which was her principal role in the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade in 1962, an operation in which I was a very minor participant. Last year, following refitting, she embarked on her 21st deployment, taking part in Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, and a number of anti-piracy missions. In port today, she is outfitting for her 22nd and final deployment, but I have the feeling we will not have seen the last of her proud line even upon her decommissioning sometime next year.
My point here is that it wasn’t the oak in Enterprise I, the steam in Enterprise V, the steel in Enterprise VII, or even the 200,000-plus horsepower of nuclear propulsion in Enterprise VIII, that made them special, it was the magic—that special sense of destiny—invested in tens of thousands of crewmembers over the years that has passed from keel to keel in an unbroken line that makes me wish I could be around to embark in her as Enterprise XII or XX…or beyond.
What I don’t think is that the magic—that sense of destiny—came about by accident. Rather it began as a flame ignited somewhere in bowels of Enterprise I and kept kindled in the minds and hearts of crewmembers ever since.
It all starts with the belief that we can affect our world through the power of belief.
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Designing Effective Sediment Containment Systems for Construction
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Limitations of Commonly Found Construction Site Sediment Control BMPS
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May 3rd, 2012
How to Conduct a Water Audit and Avoid the Pitfalls
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May 17th, 2012
Effective LID Stormwater Reduction
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May 31st, 2012
How to Calculate Water Audit Payback Periods and Write Water Audit Reports
Maximize your payback! Join Troy Aichele, LEED AP (O+M) of Aichele and Associates LLC for How to Calculate Water Audit Payback Periods and Write Audit Reports on Thurs., May 31st addressing the most essential skill in water auditing: how to calculate payback period and incorporate it effectively in your water audit report. Within this discussion, Aichele will explore how to calculate water audit improvement periods using a custom-built payback spreadsheet calculator; how to calculate use rates; how to incorporate savings, rebates and utility increases into your payback calculations; and how to write a water audit report letter incorporating water audit results and payback periods.
April 18th, - May 25th, 2012
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* Water Auditing 101: Introduction to Water Auditing
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