New Year

My first new year as the captain. Sort of.

Apparently back on our home planet, we had a completely different structure of time.

There’s still 24 hours in a day (despite a lack of sun, go figure), which apparently came from home, but from what I learned growing up, society before this journey sorted periods of time into orbits around our home planet’s sun. We just sort into periods of 100 days. So while I’m just a bit over 100 observation cycles, back on Kona, I would have been in my late 20’s. And apparently, today is the first day of what would be a “new year” back at “home.”

Home. What a weird word. Contextually, it describes the planet in which our species came from, but emotionally, I have no connection or attachment to it. I’ll never see it, I’ll never talk to anyone who was born there… it’s just a rock. Home, to me, is this ship.

And with that, today, I started learning about my current home. I started a new journey of reading the logs of prior captains. I didn’t have access to these logs until I officially became captain on 741-84, but I didn’t really take the time to dip into them until now.

There’s a lot of logs, from at least 15 captains over the centuries. Some of them seem to write eloquently, some of them just write short little summaries of their days, just the facts. We had a captain Mulgrew who would write a detailed log about her day for the entirety of the seven years she was running this place. I haven’t read them yet, but I peeked at a few and saw that she would, in some cases, have down-to-the-minute updates. The very first log of the captain to follow her was “What the fuck, do I have to write that much every time?” Clearly not, he wrote two logs over the next few years. Which, yeah, we do use the word ‘years,’ which describes 300 days. Not sure who decided that, but it is what it is, and we still do it.

Anyway, I think I’ll start from the beginning of these other captains’ logs, and just look for key words and other things that stand out. Apparently some of their logs include pictures. I have to figure out how to add those to my own. I don’t really see how to add anything other than text on this ancient machine.

Captain O’Connor