Day by Day



03 August 2006

FINEX...



Whew! It's done. All the ships have come home and the crews are now roaming the streets of Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar in search of good food (plenty), great beer (even more) and nightlife (most!).



As one of the embarked controllers for the event, most of my time was spent making sure the Commodore got his reposnse from the National Command Authority (NCA). I can say that the realism of this event was greatly enhanced by the capabilities of the Armada de Chile and the use of the internet. Many of the "injects" were issued as online news in the form of...a blog! This was a superb use of a universally available media to simulate the events in a crisis.



The people of Chile have been great hosts. Their nation is cohesive and vibrant. I was pleased to meet so many very nice and interesting people! I hope to return here again in the near future to take more time to explore this fine country.

5 comments:

Scootmaroo said...

um. cough. please define "nightlife".

Major John said...

Heh.

Lots of Sailors + Beer + "Nightlife" = busy Policia.

sonicfrog said...

major john, I second the motion. In the 80's, I went to T-juana with a sailor I worked with, even though a ban was in effect against navy personel going to Mexico. Dave was the most mild mannered guy you could ever meet... that is until he had alcohol. I had never seen the beast surface in anyone so quickly. He almost got into a fight with our taxi driver for not dropping us off closer to the border, and we were right there, San Diego 40 ft away! I though we were gonna ge thrown in the slammer for sure.

Scootmaroo said...

I was arrested once in Tijuana. When I was six. For breaking a ceremic duck. I have not been back since. The memory of that, and being photographed wearing a sombrero while riding a donkey, haunt me to this day.(Sadly, no sailors were involved. They would have to wait until my 20's and the Lost and Found in D.C.) However, my mother had her hair done there every Thursday when we lived in Chula Vista. It was the best astronaut's wife 60's do that you ever saw.

Citizen Deux said...

Nightlife in Val-P. Nine universities, several hundred sailors who have been sans alcohol for many, many days.

Let me just say for the record that despite the fact that the hotel caught fire, several personnel had to be helped by the hotel staff out due to the fact they could not wake up...

More about that later.

Owww.