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The Officer of the Deck announced the problem to the rest of the crew via the 1MC, the ship wide announcing system. Maneuvering was a whirlwind of action. Dell Johnson was whirling the throttles shut at the same time he was cutting out and announcing alarms. The reactor operator, Randy Dillon, was securing reactor coolant pumps and making sure the reactor was really shut down. He was recording all the necessary data on his logs for use in the subsequent start-up. Pat McKinney was no less busy. He was unloading the turbine generators to preserve heat and prevent too rapid a cool-down of the reactor.

He went for weeks without trying it again, but eventually did go back to his teammate’s house where they all indulged in the evil weed once again. This time Pat got the buzz. The pot-induced laughing went on so long and hard that his voice was hoarse afterwards. That was the beginning for Pat. He started buying the stuff himself. Soon he found that he needed a job to get money to buy it. It wasn’t long before he realized that he could get free stash if he sold small quantities to his friends. Then he introduced his middle brother, Joe, to the joys of smoking grass.

Before Pat graduated from high school, he was dealing five pounds of the stuff per week. His younger brothers wanted in on the ‘business’ and soon, it was growing on its own. Before they knew what was happening, they were dealing serious weight. They had little time for social lives and no time for college, baseball, the Marine Corps, or developing video games. On the up side, they were starting to accumulate some serious cash. By the time Mike had graduated from high school in 1983, the brothers were having a hard time hiding the fact that they were making far more money than their Dad.

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