Yeah, sure Jen. You're going to spend the night on an aircraft carrier with a bunch of high profile bloggers and authors like Guy Kawasaki, Robert Scoble, and Charlene Li. You, Jen, with a book called Sand in My Bra? You, Jen, who is more likely to be reading a tabloid with Jon & Kate Plus 8 on the cover than something more thought provoking like, um, The Economist?
Why yes I am and I can't wait. I'm one of 16 special guests that will get to tour the USS Nimitz this Friday to Saturday.
I'm thinking about packing my bags right now. I would be packing my bags right now if I wasn't having too good of a time reading TheBloggess. Blogger Jenny Lawson is going on the trip, too. Two Jennys? Oh but wait, there's more. There are actually four Jennifers on the trip, leading me to believe that if you're going to be a female blogger you better be named Jennifer - kinda like if you want to be any good at poker, you better hope you were born a Phil. I'm so glad that I was named Jennifer. Now I can blog.
Enough trying to be funny. I'm actually overly concerned that I'm going to be way too serious on the trip. Because this is actually quite meaningful to me. Not just because Guy invited me, but because I come from a Navy family. And Guy didn't even know that when he asked, he still doesn't know. The Leos have two retired Commanders in our family, my grandfather and my uncle. And my dad, who was in the Navy for four years, loved every minute of it. He was a radio man on the USS Sea Fox. I really wish he were here today so we could talk about my trip. He'd be over the moon with excitement.
The easiest way to tell you what I'll be doing is to point you towards Guy's write-up about his previous Embark, "26 Hours at Sea: The Longest Posting in the History of Blogging." But if you don't like reading, you can watch Carrier on Hulu. Actually Guy's post has a gazillion pics. I almost don't want you to look at it because then it'll seem like you've already seen it when I get mine up.
I'll just tell you. In addition to being surrounded by men in crisp navy blue uniforms—actually thinking about leaving the wedding ring at home—we'll get to stand on the flight deck of the USS Nimitz as the aircraft carriers land. We're even encouraged to stay up all Friday night watching the starlit jet action.
Ok - that's enough for now. I really have to pack and make sure I know port from starboard before I go to bed. I can't wait to meet the gun boss. And I hope the Marines teach me how to give a proper ooh-rah!
What do you think my call sign will be?!