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    Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 9:18am
Another version for the "Nukes."
By Jim Christley

Twas the night before Christmas and I had the guard.
The plant was in shutdown so it didn't seem hard.
The SRO was O'brien a man with a care
I wouldn't have any problems with him in there.

The Machinist covering the room was old Dan,
Who was born with a Cresent wrench in his hand.
I was the EDPO and Foam was the ELLTEE
We were in for a quiet one perhaps a movie to see.

Just then in the hatch there rose such a yelling and chatter
I lept to the coaming to see what the hell was the matter.
Appearing to my tired old eyes there was
A topside watch in an old mans claws.

He was short and thin and had a shock of white hair.
A gleam in his eye that could instill fear,
I thought to myself, 'RICKOVERS HERE!
Sliding back down and heading for a phone,
I rang up the wardroom to warn  Mr. Foam.
But before a word left my mouth for to say,
The Kindly Old Gent was aft on his way.

Come Captain, Commander, and Lieutenant he did call,
And they clambered and to the deck at my feet they did fall.
Then a skinny finger at me pointed.
And a high pitched voice that seemed disjointed,
The pinched face and hard eyes said

"What are you?" With shaking knees I knew I was dead.
"Electrician" I squeeked, "I've the duty tonight."
"An Electrician" he said,
 "Bring me your work log and we will see if its right"

And Commander go forward to see,
The Duty Officer and bring him to me.
And so it went they poked each book,
To see if any errors were anywhere they looked.
They wrote and took notes ne're speaking to me
I felt as useful as an old dead tree.

Mr. Foam was aft by now and shaking,
His career seemed to be on ground that was quaking.
O'brien was sweating and looking at what had been logged,
Old Dan was looking like he had been flogged.

They spoke not a word to us as they worked,
Every so often their ears would they jerk.
Then just as we were losing all hope,
They all gathered round him as he quietly spoke.
Its clearly not how it should be,
But the report will be there for all to see.

Then they sprang to the hatch and upward they went.
Last but not least the Kindly Old Gent
Just as he disappeared from view,
Just "Satisfactory"  but that you knew.

Just then with a start I awoke from my doze
Sat up in my chair and looked at my clothes.
I'm retired I thought, twas just a dream.
A figment of memory not real it seemed.
"Ah well that's good" as I settled back.
A recliner I'm in, not just a rack.


But there are those who on this starry night.
Guard us and stand by in case there is a fight.
They are far away and face things which we fear.
And will do so for us in the up coming year.

 "Thanks so much" I say to them all
For standing by and standing tall.
For keeping us free and preserving our rights
"Merry Christmas to all and stay safe this long night.

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Great Log, Jim!

I used to volunteer for the Duty on New Years Eve in exchange for a promise from the Senior Watch Officer that I would not have the Duty on Christmas or Christmas Eve.

Worked every year!

Your Log was much better than mine - I had to write both the Ship's Deck Log with specific requirements from Navy Regs met and also the Engineering Duty Log with the requirements of NAVSEA and NR.

Never got one bounced.

Don't even get me started on humorous logs in Shipyards lol


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