In the Canadian Navy, Ocras are small military ships mainly used for officer training. The typically cannot go out to sea very far and do not remain at sea for more than a week before having to return to port to refuel and restock. As such, it is not uncommon for Naval members such as myself to be pulled onto an Orca sail with little or no warning in advance. And that is what I'm complaining about today.
Just today, I received my orders to be watch on deck for an Orca sail starting Monday (it's Thursday now) and going on for about 3 weeks. Last time I got this kind of tasking, I was told the afternoon before the sail. So at least I have the weekend to prepare this time. But the timing of this likely means that I will miss Halloween, and I have been putting a lot of work into my costume. Plus, being watch on deck is the most mind numbing experience I can imagine. For hours on end, you stand on the bridge with a pair of binoculars and just stare at the water reporting any other vessels you see and any objects in your path that you don't want to hit (like logs). You do that, for hours. Depending on the size of the crew, you could be standing there for 8 hours at a time. Just.... looking at the water. Not to mention that those ships are so tiny that they take the waves about as well as a rubber ducky, so the slightest bit of bad weather and you'll be tossed around like you're on a crappy carnival ride. I would take any tasking that is not an Orca sail. but I guess everyone has to do at least a few eventually.
Oh, and also my laptop is being repaired, so I can't even bring that along to entertain myself when I'm not staring at the water.