Thursday, June 24, 2004

Stardate 58479.66

Finally! Back on my ship after 10 days TDY. Had to get some immunizations for the trip to the Dnaliht system this morning, and my arm is still a little sore. Now I'm on a communications link back with DS9, listening to an acquisition brief. Not my area of expertise.

Busy, busy day today and probably tomorrow as well. I am already looking forward to the weekend and being off duty for a short time.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Stardate 58474.00

Still at DS9. Had a training class Wed-Fri of last week. Quite interesting. It was a lot of survey data that the Bajorans contributed to, rating me as a leader. My self-perception pretty much tracked with their assessment. Those qualities Starfleet instills, the decisiveness, ability to quickly make a decision, organization, etc. are not universally accepted as the most important. Lots more cerebral values with the Bajorans, like vision and inspiration. Good to know if my role here on DS9 continues.

My trip was extended by 1 day to complete assessments on staff here. I'll be glad to get back to the Excalibur tomorrow. I've now been away for more than a week.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Stardate 58452.59

Here I am, back at DS9 again. Not being here full-time means that when I am here I am innundated with meetings and people coming to see me. I really just want the day to be over soon. Was up at 0430 this morning, and got to DS9 around 1100. Pretty tired. Tried to see Shakespere in the Park last night but was thwarted by the Puetro Rico parade. Couldn't get into the Park from the standard beam-down coordinates, so Cheryl and I went and grabbed a bite and a drink. Romulan Ale packs quite a punch - I forgot that drinking it on an empty stomache is a bad idea. So I am ready for the day to end.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Stardate 58441.23

I am off via UFP transport to Bajor today. I arrive in the Bajoran capitol where I pick up a Starfleet shuttlecraft for my quick trip over to DS9. Probably will not make it to Starbase 375 on this short trip. The Excalibur needs to remain on patrol here in Sector 0001, so I will not take her over to DS9. These next couple of months will be busy with many trips to DS9 and the long trip to the Dnaliaht system.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Stardate 58438.64

Received a communication from one of my old XOs, CAPT John Coe, today. He is currently the commanding officer of the USS Appalachia. Had a good, humorous exchange of stories on some recent difficulties we have both had with a couple of crewmen.

My first XO, CAPT Cheryl Wimer, also send me word recently of a home she is having constructed on Earth. Great pictures. She is currently the CO of the USS Sutherland.

Sometime I need to get the old crew together to reminisce.

Stardate 58438.24

A little background information is probably appropriate. I am the Captain of the USS Excalibur, currently assigned to the Earth Defense Fleet after several years of combat in the Dominion War. We have also participated in several combat operations against the Borg. The Excalibur was the only starship to have survived Wolf-359 (or we were 1 of 2, depending on how you count).

I assumed command of the Excalibur on Stardate 41780.5, when our Captain was taken over by an extragalactic intelligence. I was a LCDR at the time, serving as XO. I was promoted to CAPT in 2367 and formally given command of the ship, which was an Ambassador-class at the time. I have been Captain for 14 years. More history is available from Starfleet Command at

My wife is a UFP Envoy-General, assigned to the New York offices of the UFP. Being part of Earth defense is a nice break after many years of combat. The crew is able to enjoy a lot of shore leave, and combat action is minimal. I am spending a lot of time traveling back to DS9 these days, where I work extensively with the Bajorans. I even have an office on the station. In fact, I have to get to a conference call with my DS9 team right now.

Oh, and my wife has an official trip to the Dnaliaht system coming up in a few weeks, and I will accompany her for most of her trip. I am looking forward to the break from my official duties.

Stardate 58438.17

At Starfleet Command's request, I have started to make my log available externally. This will be a mix of official and personal information.

Out of Character: I started this blog to screw around with RSS and some RSS readers as research into technologies my client was migrating to (I work for a technology consulting firm). I started writing in character as the Captain of the Federation Starship Excalibur. Later, I dropped that hook and started writing normally. So while I've often thought about deleting these earlier entries because, lets face it, they are pretty dorky, I've decided to leave them up but have added this little explanation for those who are checking out my oldest stuff. Clear?