Comic 184 - Clarifications ..

13th May 2014, 12:00 AM
Clarifications ..
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)

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Centcomm 13th May 2014, 12:00 AM edit delete
:D big thank you to Mayyday on this one :D
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Jacob J Sebastian 13th May 2014, 12:29 AM edit delete reply
jamie59 13th May 2014, 12:44 AM edit delete reply

He's going to be differant for her. Ferm fair & a pain in the ass. I think they'll be freinds before this is over.
Centcomm 13th May 2014, 3:20 AM edit delete reply

they very well might be.. Galina disliked Captain Kiku for a bit too.. :D
Sheela 13th May 2014, 5:35 AM edit delete reply

I suspect her initial dislike of authority stems from how she was handled at Nadia base.

However, as she gets to know people better, their true personalities will shine through and she will then have to make up her mind about them, be it good, bad or ugly.
Stormwind13 13th May 2014, 7:02 AM edit delete reply

Good point, Sheela. The Nadia base's authority wasn't interested in Galina as a person, but just an asset to be exploited.
Centcomm 14th May 2014, 7:59 PM edit delete reply

your quite correct :D Galina's time at nadia shaped her for better or worse :D
Tokyo Rose 13th May 2014, 7:54 PM edit delete reply

The earliest draft of the script on this part had Gali angsting and whingeing so hard about being considered a non-person that it was downright parody. Teenagers are melodramatic by nature, but there's only so long I can bear to write that sort of thing before I ask Cent to write in a scene where the self-centered little shit gets a spanking, and then suddenly my email's full of questionable pictures . . .
Sheela 14th May 2014, 12:04 PM edit delete reply

Pics ?
Share ?
highlander55 14th May 2014, 6:48 PM edit delete reply

Without pics it didn't happen. La La La!
Stormwind13 14th May 2014, 7:06 PM edit delete reply

I too would be curious to see these alleged pictures, Rose. :-D
plymayer 13th May 2014, 1:31 AM edit delete reply

Understood loud and clear.
Centcomm 13th May 2014, 3:20 AM edit delete reply

cattservant 13th May 2014, 1:43 AM edit delete reply

Sir! Yes Sir!
Centcomm 13th May 2014, 3:21 AM edit delete reply

Sheela 13th May 2014, 5:35 AM edit delete reply

... no ma'm
... no bagels.
Mayyday 13th May 2014, 7:23 AM edit delete reply

No 'sir sandwiches.' :)
Centcomm 13th May 2014, 10:37 PM edit delete reply

hehe thats a good one :D
Tokyo Rose 13th May 2014, 7:44 PM edit delete reply

The word "sir" is a miracle of language. It can mean so very, very, VERY many things.
Centcomm 13th May 2014, 10:37 PM edit delete reply

there is another word with just about as much flexablity :D
highlander55 14th May 2014, 6:51 PM edit delete reply

When you ask a female if anything is wrong and she says "Nothing!" all you can think is "Rut Row Roerge!!".

So many levels and meanings in just that one word.
Centcomm 14th May 2014, 8:01 PM edit delete reply

thats because nothing has so many uses :D
mjkj 13th May 2014, 2:45 AM edit delete reply

Jawohl, Herr Kommandant!

I think Galina is also speaking military fluently (if not yet, then she will soon).

...and it is nice he treats her fairly - even though it is hard for her at the moment.

*hugs Galina*

Oh, mom and boyfriend are just standing by without any word - they seem to be surprised by it all.

...and it is all down to pancakes :D

Centcomm 13th May 2014, 3:20 AM edit delete reply

shes working on that language .. its all acronyms and stuff :D
Lurker 13th May 2014, 4:42 AM edit delete reply
"and stuff" -- "She said stuff" "heh heh" "heh heh"

Especially sexual and excretory. One way that he almost certainly WON'T treat her just like the other people he deals with is that he's going to dial that back. Probably a lot. Because right now, he's viewing her like a teenage girl.
Sheela 13th May 2014, 5:46 AM edit delete reply

Speaking military isn't that hard, acting military, is much harder.

Basically, if you keep your head down and your nose clean, most commanders will give you a lot of freedom.
But don't bother them unless it's something important, they have other things that needs doing.
And if they are about to blunder into a mistake, tell them, don't sit on info they need, they hate that.
However, don't use 10 words if one will suffice, it's better get down to brass tacks as fast as possible, especially in a combat situation - for commanders Information Overload, is a very real problem.
Centcomm 13th May 2014, 4:48 PM edit delete reply

yep - to both Lurker and sheela - as always the readers are very perceptive :D
Computant 20th Aug 2016, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
As an officer, I would only involve myself for three reasons.
1. Change in operational direction (We now care more about Subs than Carriers, so shift supply lines accordingly).
2. Protecting my guys and gals from bad officers above me in the chain. A good junior officer is a shit umbrella, you do your best to get all the crap on you and keep it off your sailors. At one point me, my boss, the XO and most of the other LT's were actively collaborating to protect the sailors from our CO.
3. When a sailor doesn't do their job or otherwise messes up. Even then, I would mostly leave it to the Chief to do the actual "re-training," but I would get involved to show a sailor how BADLY they screwed up.
Honestly I hated it, I'm a busybody (in both senses of the word) by temperament and there were a lot of times I'd be twiddling my thumbs to show my people I trusted them even though I wanted to do something myself to help out.
Stormwind13 13th May 2014, 6:59 AM edit delete reply

Love the comment, "And if you decide to make pancakes, let me know. The only pancakes I've had lately have tasted like corkboard coasters." It made me laugh, thank you Rose. :-)
Centcomm 13th May 2014, 5:04 PM edit delete reply

she got that out of my line "a joke about pancakes" on the proto script :D
Tokyo Rose 13th May 2014, 7:47 PM edit delete reply

During the cross-country trip I made with Mister Black to attend his father's funeral, we stopped at a Denny's to get something to eat. That was where I was reminded that it is actually possible to fuck up French toast to the point of inedibility. It was soggy, tasteless, and somehow--I don't even want to guess how they managed this--RUBBERY. Glargh.
Stormwind13 13th May 2014, 8:02 PM edit delete reply

:-( Sorry you had to endure THAT Rose. Bad enough that you had to make the sad trip, but adding insult to injury to inflict bad French Toast on you.
Tokyo Rose 13th May 2014, 11:05 PM edit delete reply

it was rubbery
how could it be rubbery
why why why
Sheela 14th May 2014, 12:10 PM edit delete reply

Reminds me of the burger scene in the "Falling Down" movie.
highlander55 14th May 2014, 6:54 PM edit delete reply

When I travel cross country I go to Cracker Barrel.
Stormwind13 14th May 2014, 8:03 PM edit delete reply

I like to try different places when I travel, highlander.

Now there are times when you can't be too picky on where you eat. And Cracker Barrel is a KNOWN quantity. You know what you are going to get just about everywhere (at least in my experience). What they serve is pretty decent too. :-)
highlander55 14th May 2014, 11:33 PM edit delete reply

No matter where you are, ask the locals because they know the best places. Most of the time.
Dragonrider 13th May 2014, 8:58 AM edit delete reply

Still say given the circumstances and the unknowns he is exercising much more patience than I would were I in his position.
Don B. 13th May 2014, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
"I don't want to appear inflexible..." Actually, he appears pretty flexible to me. From what he's said so far, it looks like he's hard assed about what needs to be and willing to listen otherwise. He doesn't seem to want Galina to be a good little soldier but does want her to be clear on what's expected of her on mission. He even is displaying a sort of understated humor. I think I like this guy. I expect that Lt. Col. Taylor will be a very good influence for Galina.
velvetsanity 13th May 2014, 12:39 PM edit delete reply

He's treating her just like any other civilian. And civilians are notorious for not always being able to follow orders when the fecal matter makes contact with the oscillating wind generation device. Most particularly when they haven't received an old fashioned safety brief like he's giving her now.
Mayyday 14th May 2014, 6:17 PM edit delete reply

Ah, my old friend the the safety brief. Standing between you and every weekend ever.
Stormwind13 14th May 2014, 7:08 PM edit delete reply

Poor Mayy.

Is that where your name came from? Calling Mayday, mayday... save me from ANOTHER safety brief! :-D
Centcomm 13th May 2014, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

:D IM glad Lt Col Taylor is coming across right :D

This is going to be a critical point soon :D
Stormwind13 13th May 2014, 8:07 PM edit delete reply

Very good point, Don. The Colonel does indeed want to make sure they are clear on who is in charge of what. And yeah, he doesn't seem interested in turning Galina into another cog in the military machine.

And I agree that the Colonel has a real sense of humor. I too think Colonel Taylor will be a good influence on Galina.
highlander55 14th May 2014, 6:56 PM edit delete reply

If people on the Earth and Moon are going bat shit crazy wait until the ship gets closer to the alien craft.
Centcomm 14th May 2014, 8:02 PM edit delete reply

pretty much. it should be a fun ride :D
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 15th Jul 2014, 7:22 PM edit delete reply

...godammit, now I want pancakes. And the only good ones I know about are 45 minutes away by bus.
Centcomm 15th Jul 2014, 7:30 PM edit delete reply

hehe - :D
Spelledeg 3rd Feb 2015, 6:03 PM edit delete reply

I love this page so much, Gali's had so much wonderful development so far and it's been great to see her character grow! (And her new hair is gorgeous) I'm almost caught up!(well kind of) and I can't wait to see more.

Beautiful comic, Centcomm! :D
Computant 20th Aug 2016, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
In an emergency starting an 80% solution or something moving towards the direction you need to go NOW is a lot more important than figuring out the 100% solution, the absolutely correct action, if it takes an hour to figure out.
That is why you have officers. Officers will bark out a command to do X, and then the Chiefs will figure out some way to do X, and tell the sailors how, and then the sailors follow orders.
A lot of chiefs would figure out that X needed doing even without the officer, but a lot wouldn't, and the officer serves as redundancy (or the chief does, but there are things chiefs do that officers don't).
If the officer does freeze, it is the chief's job to say "Sir, what are your orders," and get the officer moving, or even "Sir, should we do X?"
A good chief can run an officer properly without the officer realizing it-if needed.
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