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We'll Always Have Newport: Chapter 19-Gathering Up A Local Crew

(September 2011 to February 2012)

Being a part of a Navy family is both familiar and comforting. However, as with any active duty military personnel, they are always on the move. Many of the Navy folks here are on shore duty and/or attending the War College. In other words, they are rarely here for more than a year or two before it is time for them to transfer elsewhere. Sometimes, their tenure here is less than six months.

In the past few months, I have both said goodbye and welcomed more than a few Navy friends. This inspires me to cast my social nets in a wider space. Currently, I work for a local corporation headquartered a few towns away. I work with a lot of younger folks and their energy is contagious. I find myself attending more and more Happy Hours after work, being invited to dinner parties hosted by  co-workers, and I have even joined my company's bowling league.

It is hard to believe that within the span of seven months that my life could turn around for the better. Before moving to New England, I was nervous about making civilian friends. New England is not known for rolling out the welcome mat for new arrivals.

Yet, I found that the opposite is true. The local people have been so kind to me. At least a few times a month, I stroll into downtown Newport to meet a friend whom has driven over from Warwick or even Providence. We grab a quick lunch and then stroll down the charming streets talking about our future dreams and wondering aloud where life will take us next.

A few times, I have  rely on my local crew to help me with unexpected car repairs. Once, I had to stay late after work and my back passenger's side tire was completely flat. Within about fifteen minutes, the guys from the warehouse had jacked up my car and put air in my spare tire.

Another time, my driver's side mirror was dangling from its wire and within an hour they had it back together. I feel extremely blessed to have an awesome local crew.


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