Painting A Vestibule
After reading the title I’m sure you’re shaking your head asking yourself what a vestibule is. I was thinking the same thing until I met up with 3/C Hannah Mannai and 3/C Grace Theriault.
For the past two days they have been busy painting the port side vestibules in preparation for our arrival to Barbados. A vestibule is the entryway in between a fire door and a weather door on the main decks. It is basically just an alcove in between the two doors.
The last time these were painted was roughly two years ago and they needed to be touched up. Hannah and Grace painted the vestibule near the Quarterdeck yesterday and today I joined them to paint the officers entrance which is aft of the previous one.
We first had to obtain brooms, Simple Green, and a dust pan to wash the walls and sweep the floors. Then we headed to the paint locker to grab white, grey, and black. Since we were painting outside, we needed to use a special type of marine paint that is resistant to weather and other elements. This only took three hours since the space isn’t too big. This task was still more fun than the grinder job!
Living on the Kennedy with hundreds of other people, space is limited so you can only bring a small number of items. Cadets need a place to wash their clothes and the Kennedy has a few places for this. There is the cadet laundry room right next to the gym and the Officers Laundry room on the Cabin Deck. The laundry rooms are open 24/7 and are usually full. To keep things simple, the laundry is free for everyone on the ship and laundry detergent is provided free of charge.
During Alongside Week, cadets loaded up boxes and boxes of Tide Pods. Tide Pods are the only type of detergent allowed to be used to help protect the MSD in the engine room. All water from the ship drains into the Marine Sanitation Device to be cleaned and it relies on bacteria to clean it. The bacteria lives within the MSD and are sensitive to certain chemicals. Tide Pods do not contain the chemicals that affect the bacteria so it is safe to use.
One of the perks of being a 1/C cadet is Laundry Day. Every Wednesday the laundry room is restricted for any cadet that is not a 1/C. This is because they have more responsibility ou of the cadets on the ship and have less free time than others. This tradition has been in place for years and no one seems to mind.
Birthday’s On The TS Kennedy
Be sure to check out Thursday’s Bon Appetit feature! Sara wrote an article about two cadets who were celebrating their birthday.