Friday, July 23

Sometimes I LOVE my job!

This time out to sea brought my ship some redeeming factors.  There's been a lot of rare evolutions, lots of missile shoots, some test platform activities, the sinking of a ship, and a movie filmed onboard.  Wow.  It's a lot to pack into a two-month underway, which is why we've been working so many hours each day.  I was so excited about this, I thought I'd share it with you.

I actually hung out with and ate dinner with Alex Skarsgard (Eric on True Blood and Sgt. Colbert in Generation Kill) and with Peter Berg (credits too many to list).  They were very laid-back, easygoing, and great to talk to.

I'm psyched to learn that Peter Berg's next project is "Lone Survivor," an account of one of the largest Special Ops disasters in US history.  If you haven't read the book by Marcus Luttrell, I highly recommend it. 

The rest of the film crew, Phil, Jimmy, Brett, etc., who stayed on board for several days filming some of our missile shoots were also very memorable guys.  They didn't get irritated once with our questions and interest in their jobs.

So in 2012, the movie "Battleship" comes out featuring some shots from my ship, the USS Benfold.  I'm looking forward to seeing my friends running around in the background as extras.  I'm in some of the shots they took, but you can never be sure what scenes willl be cut.  I suppose there's a chance I'll be in it as well.  Woohoo!  This makes movie #2 for me.  My first ship, the USS Carl Vinson, was featured in the movie "Behind Enemy Lines."  David Keith reenlisted me while he was on board.  He signed my discharge papers, and Owen Wilson signed my reenlistment bonus check.

Also, our missile shoots were outrageously successful.  At least you'll all be safe on our watch :)

In writerly news, my new WIP has raced up to over 18,000 words.  I can't wait to get back so I can catch up on how everyone else is doing.  Thanks for reading!


  1. Ah, such a cool post! I'm so jealous that you got to meet Alex Skarsgard! *Swoon* Anyway, this looks like a cool movie--and I hope you're in some of the scenes! That would be awesome. :o)

  2. Oh yes that's his arm around me! I made fun of him a little because he's playing the Commanding Officer and he looks way too darn hot and young for that, but he's got a great sense of humor. LOL.

    At first, I thought the idea of a movie based on a board game could be a major fail, but Peter Berg told us the basic plot, and it sounds like it'll be pretty darn good. Now I just can't wait for it to come out.

    Thank you for coming by and following my blog!

  3. I'm incredibly envious that you got to meet Alex; I'm a major fan of him.

    How's the WIP these days?


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