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Thursday, March 24th, 2005
7:47 pm - Engineering log
The wave cut our coffee break short but it was probably for the best as _tom_paris_ was pushing his luck. We've experienced many things in the DQ before, but a wave of this magnitude is new. There's plenty of data to go through, but my preliminary findings are interesting: I suspect the alien creature's ship is somehow biomechanically operated. What I can tell of the control interface makes me believe the creature uses its bio-secretions to power its ship. I've heard plenty of stories about this kind of propulsion and how much more agile and efficient it can be; regardless, the very idea of hooking oneself up to a machine makes me very nervous.

This news is probably best delivered to emh in person. I admit, I have an ulterior motive: I'm rather curious as to what this creature looks like.

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Monday, February 28th, 2005
10:52 pm - Testing...
The emh's deadly dull slide show is thankfully over. chakotay was supposed to issue a yellow alert half an hour into the program, but he apparently "forgot". Well, I'm sure he won't forget again *after* I finish re-wiring his replicator. There's something about leola-root flavored food that eventually gets everyone to come around, no offense _neelix_.

I'm supposed to me _tom_paris_ in the mess hall for coffee in a few minutes. It'll be a good opportunity to catch up tease him about the picture showing him all covered in mud.

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Sunday, February 13th, 2005
10:12 pm - Back online
I've restored some user-connectivity to the system after last night's power failure. Users on the LJ system can now log back on if they want to and continue to spread gossip and verify both that their access codes are working and that their data is unfortunately intact. Please notify me immediately of any problems you are having with logging back on to the system.

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Thursday, March 25th, 2004
9:35 pm
Ugh. Well, I'm glad that's over. I didn't want to go to the party in the first place, but chakotay had us all escorted from Engineering to the Mess Hall. He assured me that somehow Voyager would remain aflight even without me at the engines; does he even know or understand how much work it takes to keep this ship going?

_tom_paris_ spent the entire 20 minutes he was there talking to harrykim and pointedly ignoring me. I mean, can anyone really blame me for getting upset? First he skips out on our shoreleave, then he has some kind of 'mysterious' shuttle accident, and then he suddenly has to do something 'important' for chakotay which means I have to spend time alone at seven_of_nine's party?

I don't think I overreacted at all. I told him exactly what I thought of his recent behavior, ie that when he sees something (or someone) new and shiny, off he goes! He thinks he can make it up by saying he loves me or that I'm the only one he needs/wants/loves, but those are just words and frankly, I'm sick and tired of it. And I wanted him to know it and I really don't care that everyone else in the mess hall could hear it too. It's not like there are any secrets on this ship we all know the Captain is secretly in love with Chakotay.

_tom_paris_, harrykim and _neelix_ all disappeared somewhere within 20 minutes (as previously mentioned), and somehow I ended up with seven_of_nine, who commented that she was interested in "observing future discussions of a volatile nature." She then asked about the weather. The weather! Look, I understand Seven is trying to apply the lessons emh has taught her, but I'm not interested in being someone's homework assignment and I told her so. I ended up accidentally jostling her arm and spilling her drink all over her catsuit. I apologized, but she didn't seem particularly perturbed; in fact, she was unusually gracious about the incident.

After the party, I thought about going down to Engineering, but wasn't in the mood and ended up in the holosuite, where chakotay joined me. We spent the next few hours hiking through the Cascade Mountains on Earth. It was enjoyable and the 'fresh' air cleared my head and now, I'm not quite as mad at _tom_paris_ as I was earlier. I should wrap this entry up because it's getting late and I really need to start looking for my toothbrush, which I seem to have misplaced.

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Monday, March 15th, 2004
11:21 pm
I'm running just a few minutes behind, but luckily _tom_paris_ has been momentarily delayed in Sickbay. He says he'll stop by Engineering and we'll got to the party in the mess hall together. Carey will be watching over things for the next hour or so, while I'm gone, and then when I get back, he'll head over.

Luckily, we don't have to wear anything other than our regular uniforms; if I had to wear a dress for this thing...

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Saturday, March 13th, 2004
1:15 pm
A party for seven_of_nine? Please. And kathrynjaneway says she doesn't play favorites!

After all the time I spent trying to help Seven, now I've got to turn my attention back to the things that really matter -- like the engines that keep this ship running. I have no time to attend a party especially for someone who causes way more trouble than she's worth.

As for _tom_paris_, apparently he drank too much one night while working on his beloved Delta Flyer and passed out. Which is why he's been AWOL this entire time. He blames an electric surge but emh says differently. And now Tom wants to know why I'm ignoring him. Do I really need to explain why? Just when I think he's changed, he goes back to his old ways. That's right, he sees something shiny and takes off, leaving me back here. Well, that's it. I've had it and I'm not going to put up with being second best anymore.

The problem is, I really do love him

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Monday, February 23rd, 2004
10:41 pm - Another one of those days
I've been running around all day, from one project to another, and this latest mess seven_of_nine has gotten herself into is just... well, it's beyond words. If it's not one thing with her, it's another. I swear, she thinks this ship revolves around her and that we're just here to do her bidding. And I could really do without her hitting on me all the time.

I've contained the vinculum in Engineering, but I'm detecting some type of organic species within, viral in nature, I believe. Just what we need -- a nice healthy dose of the Borg flu. emh says it's a synthetic pathogen with the ability to attack technology.

I'm really thrilled about it being near my engines.

I had dinner with harrykim, since _tom_paris_ is still avoiding me. I can't help but start to take it personally. seven_of_nine's Klingon impersonation is starting to look pretty good, actually. I know Tom goes through mood swings where sometimes he acts like he doesn't know me at all, but this -- this is ridiculous. I swear, he's asked chakotay to assign him to shifts that purposely don't match up with mine. I asked harrykim about it, but he doesn't want to get involved. In fact, I think harrykim is still a little embarassed about getting lost on shoreleave.

I should sign off now and get some sleep and it's probably too much to expect for _tom_paris_ to join me. I believe the Captain, Seven and the Doctor are going to Astrometrics; Seven has a theory of some kind. I'm going to put the vinculum into a containment field and hopefully that will keep those Borg germs away from my engines.

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Saturday, February 14th, 2004
9:53 am
Still haven't seen _tom_paris_ lately and so I continue to lack a reasonable explanation of how he ended up in the Delta Flyer, passed out and completely missing shore leave. My mother used to warn me about 'human boys'; I'm starting to understand what she meant now.

On a different note, seven_of_nine has been acting a little strangely as of late. Okay, a lot strangely. Sounds like she's working on a sense of humor or trying to play some kind of practical joke. Well, it's obvious that the Borg didn't assimilate a sense of humor; I am not amused.

The other explanation for her odd behavior involves her implants, which are always malfunctioning for some reason or another. Perhaps some of her machinary is out of whack, as Tom would say -- actually, he wouldn't say 'machinary', but to use another old Terran phrase, let's call a spade a spade. No matter how 'de-assimilated' Seven is these days, she's still Borg.

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2004
10:33 pm - PSA
For the last time, no, I don't know why _tom_paris_ was in the Delta Flyer in the cargo bay. Yes, I know harrykim and chakotay were the last ones to use the Flyer before the failure of the slipstream drive. When I get a satisfactory answer, I'll let you know.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2004
9:51 pm
_tom_paris_, you're a dead man. I can't believe we have shore leave -- finally some time to spend together and you're nowhere to be found. At this point, I've decided to go with chakotay (among others) on a hike and will be spending the night at a luxury resort in the foothills of the mountain.

I hope you're enjoying your Orion slave girl program.

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Monday, January 19th, 2004
10:21 pm - Shoreleave
Three hours to shore leave and _tom_paris is no where to be found. On top of it all, harrykim is going to spend his time with seven_of_nine. (Yeah, right, he has no romantic interest in Seven at all).

chakotay has suggested we go hiking. He's getting a group of people together and if I don't see Tom in the next 2 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds, I'll take chakotay up on his offer.

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Monday, January 12th, 2004
10:02 pm - Voyager sweet Voyager
Well, the experiment with the slipstream drive did not work, and after a minor quarrel with seven_of_nine, chakotay has given me the day off.

I've been reviewing some of the LJ logs and have noticed the Enterprise crew is due for shore leave. I believe our crew could use some as well. Specifically, I would love to have just four or five days to myself when I can go over specs and make necessary repairs. This is a finely tuned piece of machinery and the slipstream drive pushed it the edge.

I'd also like the time to figure out exactly what went wrong. The results could have been catastrophic, but thank Kahless, they weren't.

And now I need to go find _tom_paris_. I think he promised me a dinner several engine failures ago. Might as well use this 'enforced' vacation to spend some quality time with the helm officer. Unless he's pulling double-duty as well. Which wouldn't surprise me.

Regardless, I still have the schematics for the slipstream drive. One of these days, we'll get it to work.

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Friday, November 21st, 2003
10:03 pm
I'm really tired and shouldn't even be awake right now, but I'm very disappointed. After all of the planning, the work, the celebration, to have it come down to *this* -- a crucial miscalculation that *Tom* found, of all people -- well, I don't even know *how* to explain what I'm feeling right now.

Harry has a solution. It makes sense in theory, but I'm still a little uneasy. I admit, I'm not as hung up on returning to the AQ as many people aboard are so I'm thinking about recommending against his plan.

I don't know. I'll think about it in the morning after I've gotten some rest. *Alone*.

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Saturday, November 15th, 2003
5:26 pm - To You Know Who
I'd also like to point out that holding this ship together is a 24/7 job. It's a backbreaking and thankless job. I can't just break away from what I'm doing, especially if it's something like a malfunction in the anti-matter contaiment fields. As good as caeser salad sounds, staying alive sounds even better.

After working double-shifts, all I get is complaints about missing dinner? Humph.

More champagne? Why, thank you.

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Friday, November 14th, 2003
10:16 pm
Has anyone seen _tom_paris? I'd just like to point out he has been whining for the last two weeks about my being busy trying to get all of you home and now that we're actually done and ready to go, he's nowhere to be found.

One of these days, I'm seriously going to take him by the scruff of his neck and chuck him out of the nearest airlock. Honestly. One moment he's practically my shadow, the next he's off with harrykim.

For the record, the champagne is excellent.

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2003
8:01 am
I just have a few minutes. I sent seven_of_nine to regenerate and Joe Carey to get some food from the mess hall. Both of them looked absolutely exhausted, but I'm pleased to report we've made good progress on the slipstream drive.

The technology, the theory, the methodolgy is absolutely sound. I've checked my calculations at least twenty times and in theory, there's no reason why this shouldn't work. I have a few more diagnostics to run and then I promised to stop by Sickbay to check on enhancing the emh's pattern buffers to see if I can restore some of his missing memory files; it's a long-shot, but he keeps interupting me in the shower asking when I'm coming by.

An engineer's work is never done, apparently. I'm still amazed at how well Voyager is holding together, considering all we've been through. At the same time though, I notice our rate of maintainance is picking up. We seem to have to align warp engines more often than in the past and the plasma ducts overheat more quickly than they have in the past; coolant is running low and at a premium for us these days. We also seem to be doing a lot of EVA walks lately to repair small microfissures in the hull plating; I have scheduled myself and Joe Carey for another 'walk' next week to take care of some new cracks that appeared on the rear nacelles.

My major concern at the moment concerns dilithium. The warp core isn't burning as efficiently as it has in the past and we run through dilithium a lot faster than we should. This is a major concern, so after checking in on the Doctor, I'll examine this in more detail.

And of course, there's the Delta Flyer. I'm pushing the repairs on that to the back of the list, simply because the slipstream drive must take priority at this point. If the drive works, then I imagine we won't need the repairs to the Flyer.

The days are simply not long enough for all the things I need to get done.

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Saturday, September 27th, 2003
11:21 am
_tom_paris_, my quarters. Now.

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2003
10:49 pm
We've located the planetoid where the Delta Flyer went down. The debris is scattered all around and it doesn't look good. However, I have yet to see pieces of the main fuselage. If that's intact, then there may a good chance the Away team survived the landing.

It just doesn't look good. Plasma fires are everywhere.

I can't remember if I reinforced the fire safety systems on the Flyer.

Kahless, I hope I did.

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003
7:43 am
When _tom_paris_ gets back here, I have half a mind to kill him myself for making me worry.

After that dinner he promised me, of course.

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Saturday, September 20th, 2003
9:16 am
For the record, an engineer's place is in Engineering. I am fine and I have a job to do. Is that clear?

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