Wow… she has a big butt.

Since we are getting ready to leave dry dock right now, I figure I’ll post a few pictures to give you an idea of what’s been taking place here since we went high and dry.

A little background on the ship.

We’re 240’ feet long, 58 feet wide, big, red, and heavy as hell.

So, with that in mind, I’ll get to the photo’s.

This is the side view of the Mackinaw out of the water. Most people never get to see something like this. Since there aren’t people in this picture, it’s difficult to give you an idea of how big she really is.

This is a view from the ground of her up on the blocks. It’s actually a somewhat scary sight when you are right there. 440,000 long tons up on cement blocks. It’s even work when you crawl underneath her.

Just sayin.

All I can really say here is “Dang, she has a nice butt.”

The ship uses something called an AZIPOD for propulsion. How big are these things? MONSTEROUS!

They crank out 4460 horse power a piece.

In relation to one of these, I’m tiny.

See? Told ya.

This right here is the bow thruster. It’s the entire reason we are here in the first place. The ice-knife assembly on the left there is actually made up of 117 hand cut and hand welded pieces. It’s the only one of its kind in existence.

And here is a picture of the ship at night. I thought it was kind of cool, so I figured I’d share.

Honestly, this is all there is for this post. I hope you enjoyed seeing the boat, a little of what we experienced while stuck out here in sturgeon bay.

However, this post is being finished right now, because we are underway and I want to go eat lunch.

What to play… what to play…

Full feelings of freedom?

Too much work.

Blowing up sarcastic jerks with no legs?

That game is too hard.

Epic space opera?

Storyline takes too much time.

Bending space and time for cake?

Motion sickness.

Epic mechanized assault?


See, the problem is this. I like playing a slew of video games. There are so many things that I personally enjoy. But I either don’t have the time to get in to the story line. Don’t have the intestinal fortitude to play for very long. Or don’t have people with whom I can play.

I started playing the World of Warcraft card game a while back and I enjoyed it immensely. The problem with this is that there is no one in my area that plays. There are no gaming stores where I can hook up with people for tournaments. And I don’t spend enough time at home being able to play with my wife. Add to that the fact my kids want to “help” and it makes it all the more difficult.

Really, I have a decent amount of downtime, but it isn’t all in one chunk so I can’t really sit down and play through a single game and because of my ADD, I can’t really play a bunch of games successfully all at once. This is frustrating to me.

I really want to do something “fun” with my time, but I’m finding it difficult to do.
I’ve started really tearing through the scriptures and studying them in depth, but I can only do that for so long. And because of those that I live with on the ship, it’s very hard to find a quiet place where I can learn, study, and feel the spirit.

The internet is sketchy at best for me underway, so I can’t really play online, and surfing for the things I enjoy is difficult as well.

I really need to find a hobby. Either something I can do alone in short bursts, or something that I can really sink my teeth in to with those around me.

This has been a rant.