1. Seen the King and Queen of Tonga, the President of Micronesia, and the Governor of American Samoa on the grandstand from about six feet away.
2. Given a ship tour to Nagasaki citizens, who spoke no english save "Ah, Titanic!" as they ran up the forecastle to stand up near the jackstaff with their arms outstretched. Sadly, I had to make them get down, because it's not safe to hang out near the anchor chain.
3. Got married in Las Vegas.
4. Survived drinking ten liters of wine cooler during an all-day trip riding inner tubes down the Guadelupe River.
5. Manned a fire hose to put out a fire.
6. Convinced a ship's captain to play Joe Satriani on the topside loudspeakers.
7. Watched empty skies over west coast cities on my radar console.
8. Ate meat in a Hong Kong restaurant that had been hanging on a hook on the restaurant's chain-link-fence wall a few minutes prior.
9. Rode across the waves in a Coast Guard RHIB. (That's a really, really fast little boat.)
10. Marched in the Gimbel's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Forecastle - the flat deck on the pointy end of a ship.
Jackstaff - the flagpole on the pointy end of a ship, which flies the 'jack.'
Jack - A flag that until 2002 was the starred blue field of the national flag. Now it's the red striped "Don't Tread on Me" flag. Flown inport on US Navy ships from 0800 to sunset.