Sunday, December 28, 2008

Gushikawa Castle Pt. 2


Entrance to the path below the castle


ooooh this should be fun


So yeah we climbed down


And found caves


And lots of jagged Basalt...I am not walking on that LOL

Gushikawa Castle Ruins

Here is a brief history dowloaded off the BBC Website:

"Gushikawa Castle was built for the chieftain of Gushikami in the mid-14th century. It stands on a cliff that is 50 meters high. The castle has two enclosures and a natural cave called sufuchimi, which leads to the sea. Some pieces of celadon from the 13th and 14th centuries were found in the castle ruins pointing to the possibility of Okinawa having had trade relations with Southeast Asian countries. The site is considered as an important Okinawan cultural asset."

Here are the pics from the castle:


What use to be the entrance to the castle


Remnants of the Castle Walls


Another pic of the walls, FASCINATING!!!


A pic from the castle overlooking the sea.

Beach Park

Here are the pics from the beach park somewhere near Naha Airport LOL....


The Beach


Have to get ur feet wet sometimes


Hmm...contemplating my next photo


Lori looking for her next one...


Dunno who this couple was, but they made for a cute natural photo

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Gate Sentry Qualified

Well yesterday I didn't get a chance to write before bed due to my immersion in playing my PS3 so I figure I would write this morning after a nice morning of gun powder, cordite, and Red Bull...In case you are wondering what the hell that means, I got up this morning and went to the range at the base and since they finally got a corpsman for medical standby, I was able to shoot :) Nothing like that smell first thing in the morning...

So yesterday I go into work, and finally take my Gate Sentry Qualification Board. The board consisted of my now THREE watch commanders and my new FTO. I basically sat there while they did a round robin of questions from the PQS book...I did fairly well and only missed 4 questions, so they qualified me, and it wasn't nearly as hard as I had anticipated.

I was assigned to go stand gate sentry with another guy from my shift, but he had his armorer board so I was sent to one of the posts alone for the first time since I got here in October...

Pretty much nothing to it...Take one of our EV's and drive to the post and sit there for 4 hours until the next watch comes, RTB and turn in the EV and go home.

This particular post had I known I was going ahead of time, I would have taken my laptop and watched a movie to keep myself entertained, but I get there and all I have is my Reader's Digest, the SOP binder, and some papers to file in my binder...I managed to keep myself busy till the next watch came so it wasn't so bad, just boring LOL.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Out and About....

After grocery shopping today, we decided that we would again hop in the car with our cameras and take off on an adventure around the island...This time around we decided just to drive on the side roads and of course doing so we got lost...THAT WAS THE POINT. So here are some pics from today's adventures


First off who would have thunk we
would see a Parrot just loungin outside a hotel?


Moon Beach....SO AWESOME!!!! This Island
Has nice beaches EVERYWHERE!!!


Now I dunno Japanese, but I thinks I can
figure this one out...UNLIKE SOMEONE!!!



A view from a hilltop overlooking one of the many
cities spread out throughout Okinawa...


I know Okinawa USE to be a Volcanic Island EONS
ago, but who would have thunk I would get to see an
old Lava Flow like this up close.


Then of course Lori taking something I said
the wrong way and the look on her face LMAO


Lori the RTARD


And a pic of the local wildlife...Crab People...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Pics from Work...



Ok since I am bored and have nothing to write about here are some pics from work...Enjoy


Me getting ready to go Boating...

HSB 108 coming alongside


Rollin in the Humvee


Hee hee hee don't mess with this cop!!!






Monday, December 15, 2008

PICS FROM OKUMA TRIP!!!


Here they are pics from our trip to Okuma Resort for our 6 year anniversary




YES THAT MEANS YOU!!!!!!!!! IS OUR BEACH NO CAN HAZ


OUR PRIVATE CABIN W/GOLF CART


OUR CHARIOT CART


LOVED THE WAVES OVER THE ROCKS!!!


OUR PRIVATE BEACH...KEEP OUT!!!


SUNBEAM


DOIN WHAT WE DO BEST

Sunday, December 14, 2008

6 Years....Happy Anniversary

So it has been 6 years now since Lori and I were married...Where does the time go? After reading her blog she pretty much summed it up in her blog...Traveling together, Military separations, following our dreams, doing fun stuff together.

Here it is 6 years later (Sorta) and tomorrow we will be leaving to a private cabin at the Okuma Resort on the Northwest end of the island to celebrate our six years of adventures. Pretty nice to end up on a tropical island between the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean where every day is like summer. We have a private cabin, on a private beach, and to add on top of that, a private golf cart...which will give Lori a chance to finally drive. There is also recreational watercraft, fine dining, and most importantly, due to my days off falling on Sunday and Monday and the fact that our cabin is isolated, we are not as likely to run into obnoxious little brats while we soak up the sun and try to enjoy ourselves.

Tomorrow is definitely going to rock.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

GIANT BUGS!!!!

So yesterday at Camp Shields, my partner and I were walking over to the Shoppette to get some sodas and something to eat. Suddenly he jumped back and said "OH HELL NO!" I looked down to see what had freaked him out and saw this giant praying mantis...It had to have been roughly 6inches long and was quite the fast, stubborn, and defensive thing...So we proceeded to annoy it by taking pictures.


A Shot looking dead on at it


A shot of it getting ready to attack the camera LOL

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Rollin Code 3....

Ok so today was the usual day at Camp Shield's Post. Go into work, arm up, run RADAR most of the day, then check ID's for the last 2-3 hours of shift and then go home...Well today started going as planned up until right before it was time to leave...

We were sitting in our office when we heard sirens...Not unusual for Okinawa considering drivers always running into each other (nother story for nother time) This time, the sirens were getting louder and closer, then next thing we know we see a fire truck appear at our gate...Lights, Sirens the whole 9 yards.

Before he can make it through the gate, the adrenaline kicks in and I am running across the street to my Tonka Truck (Patrol Vehicle) and in doing so manage to drop my radio. I pick my radio up and hop in my truck and hit my lights, code lights, and start backing out of my parking spot....Damn I knew I should've backed in earlier. The truck roars by me as I am backing out and getting turned around.

I hit the siren and horn and am off to catch up...Now on C/S there is a hill that goes up into housing, so I have to play catch up and then struggle to keep up...Then of course I lose sight of the fire truck...I know how do you lose sight of something that big and red with lights and siren right? Out of the corner of my eye I catch his code lights and finally catch up behind him.

We wind our way through housing until we make it to where the call came from. I get the info from the call and check to see if I am needed and then head back down to the station. I got back as the other shift was arriving so it was time to download and go home, the adrenaline didn't wear off till about an hour later when I had gotten home and started to relax.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bored....Time for a change of job pace

So today at work I was assigned to Tengen Pier with another one of my fellow patrolman. Tengen Pier is only manned when a ship is in port and basically we sit out there staring at the water in a Humvee mounted with an M-60 Medium Machine Gun.\

I spend five of my eight hours in the back of the humvee reading the book "Dreamland" which is a fictious book about Black Projects and Area 51. Then the last two hours were spent sitting in the guard shack at the front of the pier to check ID's of personnel going to the ship...Whooo hoo. Our relief finally came and then we took off back to the station.

I get back and am hit up by one of my watch commanders about going to "flightline" Funny my partner and I had been discussing that earlier in the day...Basically I am sent temporary assigned to the Air Force 18th Security Forces and I work Law Enforcement with them...HOLY SHIT SIGN ME UP :) hell I will go for a year not just 6 months :)

I am finally going to get my wish at doing actual law enforcement...Not that I don't mind the easy job I have now, I am bored and restless (yeah I know "ALREADY???") and doing law enforcement is what I signed up for so now I will get my chance....Just a matter of when.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Okinawa Pictures

FINALLY PICTURES!!!!


Sunset over the South China Sea


GECKOS GECKOS EVERYWHERE!!!!


MANTA RAYS!!!...
One of the few places in the world that you can see them
In and out of Captivity


SEA TURTLES!!!


DOLPHINS!!!


Gorgeous Lagoon on Henza Island


US Naval Facility White Beach....Where I work,
Rough Life right?


Burial Tombs (Ancient and Modern) can be found ALL over the island,
very sacred place for the Japanese.


Creepy Caves litter the island as well, used by
Okinawans and Japanese soldiers during WWII
some are said to be haunted

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tonka Trucks....



Since I got here I have been hesitant about driving any of our emergency vehicles given the fact that we don't have standard police cruisers but rather Mazda Titans that look like old Tonka Truck toys. They are big, bulky, and noisy and diesels. So when doing patrol, I would either:

A. Pull the "I am not EVOC qualified and cannot drive.
B. I would check out a pickup truck w/no light bar.

Today circumstances dictated that I HAD to drive one to deliver a weapon to our watchstanders to take to a pier because we had a ship coming in at the last minute. I grabbed the key and off I went.

Started the truck, put it in drive and found it rather odd that this truck actually drove like a standard car...Not to mention it had ALL the cool gadgets and widgets you find in a civilian Police Cruiser, so yeah it was fully loaded :) and a lot of fun to drive. The only thing that sucked was when I checked it out, I was in a hurry and didn't check the gas, so I had to make a stop on another base to get gas and then drive it all the way back to the precinct, and drop it and the gun off before I could go home, so I got home later than I had planned, but what can you do?

Me with my Tonka Truck

PULL OVER!!!

Today I was assigned to stand post at Camp Shields which is a Navy Seabee base here on Okinawa. Normally the watch consists of 8 hours of boredom doing nothing but helping our Japanese Security and watching the gate from the comfort of our guard shack...Oh and the occasional helping check ID's...Some people would kill for a job like that...Me I find it BORING!!!

I was told that one of the guys knows how to operate the RADAR Gun...UH OH, Eddie is about to find a new toy to play with and a way to kill the day's boredom. Once my partners shows me how to setup and run the gun, I am off...

I set up in front of the front guard shack and start clocking cars coming in, tee hee hee this is FUN!!! I don't get any speeders because we already have a RADAR telling them their speed, and of course I am in front of them with my RADAR gun. So I switch from there to the adjacent parking spaces where I nab my first speeder of the day...Gotta love the loudspeaker (PULL OVER) 36kph in a 15kph zone. With the help of my Japanese counterpart I issue a ticket and send him on his way, then I get another car...Soon I discover that I am not getting people on the inbound lane...However on the outbound I noticed people tend to accelerate rather quickly in what is still 15kph...I move to a better intercept point and its game on...

Sure enough I start getting them one by one coming out, this time I have to be quick on the gun and the PA, I issue a couple more tickets and several warnings...I finally found something I like to do (Run RADAR not write tickets) So this went on for about 4 hours and I managed to piss off a couple drivers, one crumpled his ticket and threw it on the floor and one I am sure her daughter thinks I am just this awful guy because mommy said "I wouldn't let her turn the car back on." (Standard procedure is to have the driver turn off the car, remove the keys from the ignition and then place them on the dash)

That was pretty much it for my day, hopefully I will get more practice working RADAR and doing more traffic enforcement.