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Friday, July 26, 2013

Visiting Norfolk's NEX/Commissary (with Photos)

Good day, everyone! How are we all doing today, a bright, gorgeous but warm Friday? Great. Hope you're enjoying your summer, so far, as we are.

This morning at about ten, Freny and I drove to Norfolk, specifically to NOB (Norfolk Base) or Naval Station (NAVSTA), home to the largest naval base in the world, as they say. Reason/s or purpose/s? One, wife has to renew her military member's ID card which expires next month, August. Second, to have a little shopping at NEX and Commissary, and dining out at NEX's food court.

Normally, it takes about 20-30 minutes drive to NOB/NAVSTA. Depending on traffic, it may take longer than thirty minutes to reach it. Well, as usual, my wife Freny did the driving. One reality when you go to Norfolk Naval Base: You'll be driving inside a tunnel, depending on what direction you take. In our case, we take the midtown tunnel as oppose to downtown tunnel. If you're coming from the Peninsula, you'll either take the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel (MMMBT) or the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT).

With our camera on hand (actually it's Freny's that I've been using because mine's memory card is full, and I just bought 16 GB memory card yesterday but haven't installed yet), I did take photos along the way. You'll soon see them (selected photos) below for your enjoyment and delight. Trust me.

Highlight/s of our visit to Norfolk NEX/Commissary: One: It took us about 45 minutes to get Freny's military member's ID card. The office (which is on the second floor of NEX building) that processes or issues ID card is always busy. Btw, we used to go to Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) building inside the NMCP (Naval Medical Center Portsmouth) compound for ID card, etc. But we learned later on that we have to go to NOB for this matter, and other military and member issues.

Second: For lunch at NEX Food Court, we went Chinese via Panda Express. I had fried rice, Beijing beef, and spicy chicken. Freny had fried rice, spicy chicken and chicken broccoli. Yummy! We had some left-over food for dinner.

Third: At the Commissary, we had an opportunity to meet and talk to a cute baby boy, named Jeremiah, and his mom Kendra, while doing grocery shopping there. Baby Jeremiah is such a sweet, jolly boy as evidenced in the photo below. He made my day, I tell ya. God bless him and his family. (We learned that his Dad hasn't seen him personally because he 's deployed. But he'll be home soon, Kendra said.)

Now, without further ado, come along with us to our going to and from NOB/NAVSTA NEX/Commissary today with the selected photos embedded herewith my blog post. Enjoy!

             Photos (c) 2013 by Chris A. Quilpa

Well, my dear folks and friends, this is all for now. Thank you for visiting my blog. Until next time around. Take care and have a wonderful and enjoyable weekend, everyone! as always, I pray, "May God bless US and keep US safe from harm always!"-chris a. quilpa, 26 July 2013

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