Archive for April, 2012

Set Condition Two?

There are three states of readiness during wartime:

Condition One: Attack is present, or imminent. This alert places the ship at its highest state of readiness. All crews go to their combat posts. Bulkhead doors are closed in case of decompression. Additional Viper pilots are scrambled to supplement the Combat Air Patrol and the Alert Fighters, and flight support crews man their stations. The Combat Information Center (CIC) is locked down and the ship’s commander is on station.

Condition Two: Threat probable, but not present. Crew readiness is somewhat more relaxed than full readiness. This is usually ordered directly after the end of a Condition One alert.

Condition Three: This is the “all clear” alert, returning crews to their normal, day-to-day non-combat duties after Conditions One or Two. This is normal cruising during wartime. Weapons are partially manned, but the ship is at less than full readiness.

Every time we are told “gear up for surgery,” this scene turns on in my head. I see it. I hear it.

Every time.

Right after what you see in the clip, Commander Adama makes the following announcement over the ships 1-MC:


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Action stations. Actions stations. Set condition one throughout the ship. This is not a drill.

Why blog?

Why start telling a story when we so obviously don’t know the ending?

Why invite everyone in to our ‘house’ with the laundry all over the floor, the dishes piled up in the sink, and the leftover cashew chicken having spent more than a day too long in the fridge?

At first, it was practical. Each mini-chapter of the story seemed to take some telling to cover all the bases. By the time we’ve told it 5…10…15 times we get pretty tired out. The 16th person deserves to hear the update as much as the 15th, but by that time the telling tank gets pretty empty.

Then it was therapeutic. Getting the words down helped us wrap our heads around, and come to grips with, what happened at each turn.

Why do we keep the blog going now?


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