I know it has been a while since our last post but life has been crazy on the island.
There is a plethora of topics for discussion.
1) The phase 1 food/pay fiasco
2) Top management not fixing a small problem on a certain big blue building that quickly developed into a major problem that threatened the mission of the island.
3) The woefully inadequately preparations for the upcoming inspection.
4) The pittance that was the awards fee.
5) The dining facility.
While we believe that while many of the other issues are more important, the dining facility decisions are by far more fun to discuss and shows a critical flaw in reasoning.
First All of the benches were reupholstered. While a few spots may have needed attention, most were in great condition. The new color did not especially match the chairs but the difference was acceptable. And of course if the benches and the tables must be replaced. The items that were selected are quite simply laughable. The, I suppose sea-foam green is the best color to call them, are very uncomfortable. Beyond this a sizable portion of the population, namely the Great Walrus of Shemya, will not be able to fit on a single chair. The legs are four posts instead of two runners. This makes them much more unstable and more likely to destroy the carpet.
Next, the new tables. Just wow. Everyone knows that the people out at Shemya are special but to put us around shot bus yellow tables is just mean. The thought of all these wonderful colors is enough to send one into an epileptic seizure. It will be a positively wonderful to start the day with glaring yellow table staring back at you first thing in the morning. The solution to this, green vinyl table cloths, just screams high-class. On the up side they will make mexican and chinese nights seem more authentic.
The auditory stimulation is absolutely the icing on the cake. The constant refrain of “If I saw you in Heaven” just adds so much enjoyment to every meal. If it were at a barely audible level, as background music should be, this would no be a big deal. But since it kept at a conversation hindering level it is simply annoying. If management wanted to move a certain group of people, that area should just be permanently set aside for DV’s. Even the coastguard have relocated to different seats in the chow hall.
We, along with many others, will be boycotting the dining facility once the new tables and chairs arrive. Another good proposal is to eat on the floor. This obvious waste and abuse of government funds is criminal. The purse strings are continually tightened to the point where vehicles have been waiting for parts for over a year but money is used on inadequate items that we did not need. Everyone needs to take pictures and write to your congressperson about this. I would suggest that while the inspectors are here no one stay and eat in the dining hall. At some point a question will be asked and will have to be answered. It could be a great way for change to initiated. Just something to think about.
A special thankyou to everyone out here this holiday season. You are taking time that you could be spending with your family to protect our nation.
Be careful, have fun, and watch out for scruffy poo.