Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
After visiting all nearby aircraft, and auto museums my son was desperate to visit a ship museum. Past few days he was pursuing me to find one ship museum, but somehow I managed to avoid that by telling none of them exist nearby. However, he managed to find out about USS Hornet. As soon as he found out he was determined to visit there. Since early morning on Sunday when I was still in bed he was continuously muttering in my ears to take him to that museum.
The weather was very much dull and gloomy outside, not favorable weather to venture outside . Then it became huge argument between dad and son. To avoid further arguments he decided him to take him to the museum.I wanted to stay at home the whole day, but lastly to give a relief to my ears I agreed to go.
Anyway, the USS Hornet currently docked at Alameda in Northern California, was commission in 1943 during second World War. After serving for long time it was decommissioned in 1970.
|Aircraft control tower|
Then it was converted into a museum which proudly exhibiting its glorious history. We reached there around 12:00 in the afternoon. It was drizzling , and strong cold wind of gust from the bay making it difficult to walk. Anyway, through a slope we enter inside the first deck. After getting the entry thick and a small video about the ship, one of the guides took a group of visitors to show the ship. All the guides were actually former US navy personnels. The deck ,where we were standing before the tour was actually the aircraft hanger. The hanger was divided into to three parts. Though we saw a long huge hanger, but that could be compartmentalized by two strong heat proof doors. There was a reason to keep those doors. The war ships deal with all bombs, ammunitions, and other combustible elements. So, if any accident occurred in any of the compartments , that can be isolated by closing the doors. The doors were made to sustain high heat generated due to burning. The sprinkler system on the roof of the deck served to reduce the which could be generate by the burning.
From the hanger area we went down one step below by the ladder kind of staircase. We went down very slowly fearing of any fall. Imagine the crew members usually run up and down through those stair cases. We went to the berthing area of the crew. The tiny narrow wired cots were hanging by metal chains. They were kept portable so if needed, those luxurious cots could be hung low to make space for different activities. Then though the small doors we reached the kitchen of the crew. All the doors of the ship were almost half feet above he ground. That means you cannot just walk from one room to another, you have to cross the door. Keeping the doors above the door in case of any compartment get flooded, by closing the air tight door other parts of the ship could be kept safe from flooding. Before going to the kitchen ares we also crossed a small passage. A small stretcher, a first-aid box, saline and blood stand , and even a big operation light were kept there. That passage served as a make-shift hospital for the injured ones. Then we reached the crew kitchen area. Those crew members were eating four times a day,but the kitchen was extremely small compared to the size of the crew. As the space is limited in a ship so, it was not possible to make a big kitchen. From there we went to the eating area of the crew. Before entering the eating area, the rack was kept containing a huge amount of stainless steel trays to take food. Just imagine in the morning the member were coming to have oat meal and a cup of “Joe”. A cup of Joe means a cup of coffee. Once, one officer , named Joe Daniel ordered to serve good coffee to the crew, and also order no alcohol. From that time a cup coffee is known as a cup of Joe.
|The make-shift hospital|
After taking those trays crew would entered the eating area again crossing another door. That means the kitchen , and the eating area were different compartment. From the eating was saw a door which much bigger than the other doors, and that was on the ground unlike the other doors. That area was bomb assembling areas. The eating area also used as bomb assembling area. It was not possible for any one to carry fews hundred pounds by hand. They had to roll the bombs on carriers, so that door was on the ground. Then we went to see the bakery. Imagine the bakery was active 24 hours where the ovens were working above 4 hundred volts. There was no air condition. Only thing was big vent blowing cool air. Compare to heat generated inside the tiny bakery the cool air was nothing.
We also saw the small cafeteria where crew could buy luxurious food. However, the luxurious food were, may be hamburger or a can of coke.
From there we went to another floor down, to see the engine room. The engine couldn’t be run with gas like aircraft or automobiles. The engine used to run by steam, which was generated from sea water which was ubiquitous. However, the salted water could not be used to create the steam. The water first distilled to make it salt free, then it was burned to so high heat, that one could not see the vapor. The steam was passed trough the huge duct to the move the turbine in order to move the propellors.
|Inside the engine control room|
Each propellor was 15 feet long and weighed 15 tons. We went to the controlling room where we saw the steering wheels to move the ship forward and backward. The captain sits on the top send instruction from there, and the crew act in the engine room below the ship. It was not possible to hear anything, even it was not possible to hear what next person was speaking. Few bells were kept there, so, after finishing the job the crew rang the bell to inform the captain.
If there needed to talk they talked though power phone. That was really incredible to know.
All we know the war ships carries a number of aircrafts. However, launching those aircraft needed different mechanism. So, to know how they worked we went to the catapult room to know the hydraulic catapult system. During world war II the US marine used mainly hydraulic catapult system to launch the aircrafts. We saw some domed cylinder inside the room. Those domed cylinder had same shaped cylinder just below the next floor.
The hydraulic fluid was pressurized in these steel domed cylinders before being sequentially released into the horizontal brass cylinder. When the pressure from the brass cylinders were released it pulled the cables of the piston with tremendous force, and gave the tremendous thrust to the aircraft to give the initial force to take off.
Then we went up again to see the bomb assembling areas, and the two different elevators to lift bomb, and nuclear weapons. Then we went to the officers’ kitchen. That was much more sophisticated that the crew kitchen. One box kind of thin were kept one side of the kitchen, with few slots. The cooks from the kitchen used to load the box with food trays and let it go directing to dinning are of the officers.
The box was called dumb waiter. The dumb waiter could be up and down by pulling and releasing a rope. We also saw the solitary confinement room. Can you imagine a jail inside a ship? I was really horrified to see that. Those narrow cells could barely hold a cot.
|Solitary Confinement area|
That was the end of our almost three hours tour. As usual I couldn’t come out from there unless I bought him a plane .
P.S. There may be mistakes in the information. How much I could remember I wrote down.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Again this is the time for Five on Friday.
The day started as usual. I was in the mood to spend the day in laid back mode. In the morning when I was about to get in the car, my son told me that next day is 14th February. I totally forgot that. I was under the impression that Wednesday would be 14th. I checked my phone. Yes, he was right. I felt that the sky had been falling on my head. I had to finish all the gifts to be given on 14th. While crossing the road in front of the school our crossing helper Mr. A told me Monday and Tuesday would be minimum day!! Another jolt!! I also forgot that. I had only three hours in my hand to finish all the gift boxes. I rushed back home from school , and started finishing them. Somehow I managed to finish them within 11:30 in the morning. On the other hand my house was in mess. I couldn't do any chores since morning. In the mean time mom of one of my son's friends sent me a message whether I could take care of her son for few hours after school. I agreed to take care of the boy. Anyway, I rushed to school to pick up my son. Then rushed back home . In a hurry I baked one cake, as that kid loves my home-baked cake. After coming back from school, I started doing chores one by one. When everything was done, the child went back home with his mom, teaching my son was finished the clock was ticking five thirty in the evening.I was a utterly exhausted.
|Mid-morning coffee to boost up energy|
Tuesday: Today was also another minimum day in school. On the top of that I had volunteer duty in the school library. I went to school in the morning.Then I came back. Again went to volunteer then I came back. Again went to school to pick him. Within four hours I went to school three times. Wasn't that crazy?When in the evening I came back with my from the activities, a little surprise was waiting for me. Mr. Man bought an orchid for me on the occasion of Valentine's Day. That was a beautiful gift I received from him. I had a plan for a special quite dinner for Valentine's Day. However, HE wanted to of out for dinner. I knew all the restaurants would be crowded, but he was not in the mood to listen. We went to Thai restaurant. Though that food was delicious, but it was so crowded we had wait for a long.
|Valentine's day dinner at Thai restaurant with yellow chicken curry, fried rice, pad-thai, and fish|
Wednesday: Today was again a normal day. I didn't do any extra things apart from the normal one.
|Valentine's Day gift from Mr. Man|
Thursday: I woke up in the morning sweating. I was dreaming something. Yes!! I was dreaming that I was sitting in the examination hall for the final exam of my Mathematics major. After waking in the morning it took me time to realize that the final exam was over eighteen long years back, and I got my bachelor degree also.
|The first Daffodil in our garden|
Friday: It had been raining since last night. Friday was busy as usual for me. Though the rain stopped in the late morning, but the gust of wind whipping so hard through out the day. Otherwise, nothing was special today. Just waiting for the long weekend to had long rest.
P.S. If you want to see the handmade Valentine gifts , you can find here.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Happy Valentine's Day to all of blogger friends. It is another time I want to say Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your love gives me enthusiasm to go ahead and upload stories for you.
This day is another normal day to me. I don't go for any roses, any chocolates, any dates for this is day. I know all my near and dears ones love me unconditionally. I know , as I don't need to do anything to prove my love to them, and they also don't anything to prove their love to me.
In the morning, when my son shows me his five little five finger (that means five minutes more he wants to sleep) from under the blanket that is love to me. In the evening when Mr. Man what he should buy for evening snacks, that is love.
Still I try to do some little different things on the day, like a little handmade gifts for Mr. Man or a little different recipes for dinner.
|This was for my son's teacher|
This year I decided to give some handmade gifts to my son't teacher. I usually go to volunteer in the library of my son's school on Tuesday. This year the Valentine's Day happens to be on Tuesday. So, I decided to give a little to gift to the librarian. She was so happy with the gift. I always feel happy when people love my handmade gift.
|This was for my son's teacher|
|This was for lovely librarian|
I made a explosion box for Mr. Man feeling with chocolate, and I packed it in his lunch bag. Hope he would enjoy it in the office.
|The explosion box|
Anyway, this is a little Valentine's day celebration in my family.
I love you ,all my Blogger friends. Hop,e in time I will meet at least some of you.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Again this is Friday, the day to share five things through out the weeks. Again I want to thanks Amy for this wonderful idea. Since I've started sharing five things on Friday, I'm throughly enjoying it.
Monday: Monday was as usual a busy day. After two days rest, again it started in full swing. Apart from finishing all the jobs and responsibilities I finished making one chocolate box. I'm thinking, I'll give to my son's teacher on Valentine's Day.
Tuesday: It was not a good day at all. Since I woke up in the morning I started feeling restless. I couldn't even drink my morning tea. I went back to bed again. Still I couldn't feel well. Mr. Man managed everything in the morning. He dropped kiddie at school. In the afternoon I started feeling a little well. I decided to go to his school to pick kiddie.
|These will go in Valentine's day goodie bag|
Wednesday: Everything came back to normal. I went swimming as usual. I did all the household chores.
|The little Thank you card I made|
Thursday: Since morning I was sitting in the couch. I was not feeling to do anything. Although I made a big to-do list, I didn't do a single job.I tried to paint a little , but that was a total disaster. Actually for long time I didn't sketch anything, and when I tried to sketch I couldn't do at all. Then I started making an explosion box card for Valentine's Day. I have a plan to give that to Mr.Man. In the evening I reluctantly opened me Etsy. OMG!!!! Someone ordered three of my cards. I was so excited I couldn't even talk. I was asking Mr. Man to come to me, but I couldn't tell him why. It is a very little thing, but it was my very first SALE.
|Explosion box in the making|
Friday: Friday I usually do lots of jobs. In the morning after dropping my son in school I rushed to post office to mail the cards. It was really exciting. I opened my Etsy shop in December. I made some Christmas ornaments , but none of them were sold. Anyway, hopefully in future I'll get success in my Etsy sale.
|The three I sold|