Harriman Nelson's Journal

My Friend Lee -page 29
The Creamsickle
The Invitation
Bike Week
The Java Connection
Lee's Tattoo
My Friend Lee-page 33
My Friend Lee-page 34
My Friend Lee-page 35
My Friend Lee-Page 36
My Friend Lee-page 37
My Friend Lee-page 38
My Friend Lee-page 39
My Friend Lee-page 40
My Friend Lee-page 41
My Friend Lee page 42
My Friend Lee-page 43
My Friend Lee -page 44
My Friend Lee-page 25
My Friend Lee-Page 26
My Friend Lee-Page 27
My Friend Lee-Page 28
My Friend Lee -page 29
My Friend Lee -page 30
My Friend Lee-page 31
My Friend Lee-page 32
My Friend Lee-page 24
My Friend Lee-page 23
My Friend Lee- page22
My Friend Lee-page 21
My Friend Lee-page 20
My Friend Lee- Page 19
My Friend Lee-page 18
My Friend Lee page 17
My Friend Lee-page 16
A Short Story
A 'Harry Halloween'
My Friend Lee-page 15
My Friend Lee-page 14
My Friend Lee-page 13
My Friend Lee-page 12
My Friend Lee-page 11
My Friend Lee-page 10
My Friend Lee-page 9
My Friend Lee-Page 8
My Friend Lee-page 7
My Friend Lee-page 6
My Friend Lee-Page 5
Life With Lee-page 4
Life with Lee- page 2
Life with Lee-page 3
Reflections-the 'In Between Years'
My photo-scrapbook album
About Me

Lee’s in a snit again. Asked me outright why I’m’ continually being swept off my feet by my egghead scientist buddies, (his words, not mine). Seems some old sci fi movie on TV got him thinking about Dr. Janus and our disastrous expedition we’d had at the Vema Seamount.

He hadn’t been happy about the mission in the first place, and even wanted to keep Seaview in port. But, Lee being Lee, finally agreed to let me peruse my scientific dreams of this protozoa which Dr. Janus had assured me was located at just the kind of the place where evolution began and with a little tweaking, might  conceivably lessen or cure a multitude of ailments.

 When you get right down to it, it wasn’t really the energized protozoa‘s fault that felled us so badly. Its increased growth and weight simply weighed us down so we couldn’t maneuver when the already bad seismic activity in the area  got worse.

But it did cause nitrogen narcosis amongst the night watch, sucking too much oxygen from the air leaving the men a bit ‘drunk’. Lee was livid as we’d been sailing around in circles. Poor Chip was on the receiving end of Lee’s wrath  but with a bone fide medical excuse, it  was quickly forgotten by both men, still friends. Still are.

As for another matter, though I wanted to throw the book at Lt. Clarke for downright  disobedience. Since he’s not a Navy man, not even in the Reserves,  the only option open to me was to fire or bust him back down to Seaman which is what I did. Which I suppose in retrospect was the right thing to do. After all if I’d listened to Lee in the first place I wouldn’t have placed Seaview in such a precarious area and Clarke was simply being logical. As it is, Clarke will remain at NIMR, but will not be allowed aboard Seaview unless we’re undermanned.

And so Lee began to question me after that movie. He may not always understand science, but he usually allows me a little leeway (ha ha) when I ‘chase after dreams’.  But that was one expedition I’m sure he hasn’t really  forgiven me for.   I suppose he feels responsible, one,  for bringing Seaview to the seamount against his better judgment ,  two,  the loss of his passenger and three, the loss of Lt. Clarke who could have been a fine officer.

It was hard to answer Lee. I am swept off my feet by the possibilities  out there. That’s not all together a bad thing. I’m a scientist not just a submariner. I thought he’d come to grips with that. But I do know in retrospect that I should have at least considered the options. Suffice it to say he knows the next time he has reservations about a mission, I’ll weigh them more carefully than I did that time.


Seaview Lab SecCam

Lee advising me we not even leave dock. I sure should have listened.

Janus Lab Cam

Such high hopes for such a little thing.

Seaview Lab SecCam

Out of control. And big big trouble.

Seaview Lab SecCam

Just before the thing exploded. I'm not sure if Janus was crushed first. I tried so hard to reach him.