Ah reading week. Thankfully this has been a pretty uneventful break from school compared to last year (no further comment about that).
I was/am lucky enough to have milked a free holiday with family. Road trip to Washington D.C. and then onto Virginia Beach. All in all a nice time. Just one thing about Virginia Beach… it’s located really close to Norfolk naval station, which is the largest naval base in the world and one of the busiest airports in the United States. So my holiday kind of goes like this at the moment…
standing on a balcony over-looking the atlantic ocean (which is way too fucking cold to go swimming in at this time of year), getting buffeted by winds when I leave the safety of the hotel room, drinking cheap beer (24 carling black label for $10- what a steal!) , using the hotel wireless connection…..and listening to planes. Lots, and lots of fucking planes. Military planes. With really , really loud engines. At all hours of the day. F-18s, AWACS, military transports, and the occasional helicopter as well for good measure.
As someone who has a strong interest in the military, seeing F-18s swoop by the hotel was pretty cool for the first day. These are the most high-tech machines in the world afterall, and are responsible for guarding what tiny semblance of stability there is among nations in the geo-political sphere. But that was then. This is now. This is me listening to the never-ending distant roar of jets at 2 am.
This is me growing sympathetic of people who use Soviet-era missiles that make planes go quiet.
This makes me beg the question…who the fuck builds a resort next to one of the the biggest and busiest military bases in the world? There are some obvious detractions for such a location, such as
1- In the event of a terrorist attack, overweight tourists from the northern states will be killed by whatever horrible explosion occurs (ok, so this might not be a bad thing actually. but what if you were an overweight tourist from up north? bet you wouldnt like that shit)
2-the constant noise, as previously mentioned
3-I dont even want to begin imagining what the “night life” is like here away from the safety of the resort strip
4- It is kind of hard to ‘relax and get away from it all’ when you are constantly looking at the most lethal weapons ever devised by man.
But hey. The rooms have cable.