Captain's Log: Stardate 10838.0
This past weekend, several members of the Enterprise crew took the ship out into Eastchester Bay and performed a shakedown cruise for the season ahead. And, while we didn't have enough on board to test all systems (foredeck team, where are you?), we were able to tune the rig, adjust our settings, and place the locations of EBYRA marks into the nav computer (a/k/a the Big Unit.) In no time we had the Enterprise past Warp 8 and everything was running as smoothly as one would expect from the Flagship of the Federation.

At one point, down towards Little Neck Bay, we passed the Orion Transport "Maccabee", which, as far as I can tell, in Orionese, means "to pimp out a flying insect." We went past them pretty quickly, but their on-board sensors must have exceptionally-fast shutter speeds because they were able to get this image:



Thank you, Captain Bob Berent. Always love getting photos of the Enterprise in action.

The sailing was phenomenal and it felt so good to be back on the helm while Lt. Commander Mitch and Lt. Jonathan argued about leech line tension. We returned to standard orbit and adjusted some rig tension so the Enterprise would be ready for this Wednesday's race.

Then, yesterday, a small landing party comprised of myself, Captain Dave, Ensign Brittany and Ensign Ellen went to an advanced screening of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", which we think should have been renamed to "Indiana Jones and Bring me the Skull of George Lucas". Didn't this guy learn his lesson after Star Wars? Dude, three is enough. Stop!

Between the impossible stunts (I mean, really, who survives falling down three 25-story waterfalls?), acting so bad that it looks like Hayden Christensen gave out acting lessons to Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett and John Hurt, and a storyline so out-of-this-world that even Voyager didn't make it that far, we were very dissapointed.

Not to say there weren't some shining moments, but they were quickly forgotten between the vine-swinging with monkeys, man-eating ants and, to be honest, the Crystal Skull itself. We weren't sure if, at the end, they were hinting at a sequel, but I think I'd sooner watch the opening of the Ark of the Covenant.

The dinner afterwards at Dallas BBQ was far more enjoyable -- Great food. Great friends. Although, I must admit being a little afraid when Brittany, a teacher of young minds that will shape the future of our world and an Ensign on board my ship, the Starship Enterprise, asked me, "Do you like science fiction?"

I guess I'd be even more worried if she asked "Do you like sailing?"