Some words Eric sent the evening before the Theodore Roosevelt left on cruise on Sept. 8, 2008:
I leave tomorrow to assist in maritime operations. To do my job in assisting in aviation maintenance which will in the end help to put warheads on the foreheads of those who dare to upset the balance, to hurt the innocent and to those who we deem terrorists. As in the rich naval tradition since October 13th 1775 I sacrifice my time and being to put my life in the hands of my fellow shipmates who in turn puts those same trusts into mine. To cast off and set sail to cross the seas in something bigger than what it is we can understand. To help those who need it is what we do, although we may be the cold forged steel harvesters of death in the modern age, we supply hope and change to those who need it most. In these final moments I realize that everything I've done, sacrificed in this last year all amount to something now. It finally means something. What I'm not sure but its reassuring to know that I'm not here in vain. I will dearly miss you all and cannot wait till my return next year. I look forward to seeing you all and telling my tales of other lands and the sea. Wish me fair winds and following seas as I look forward to my return home.
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I sat here and just re-read all my posts about my Tiger Cruise experience and realized I still had not completed the promised follow-up. It is not that I haven't tried....at least a dozen times I've sat down to write this, but words eluded me. I'm not sure why. But I'm gonna try again- so please bear with me!!
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