Ian Galloway exited the turbolift and blinked at the size of the dome of the commercial sector. Of course he's read about it when he found out his first assignment would be Starbase 118, but reading about and looking at were two different things. He managed, barely, but this was one time barely counted, not to gape as he walked through the main concourse and tried to soak in everything at once. This quickly proved to be too much, so Ian found a bench with a nice view where he could sit and watch the throngs of beings move about their business. "Not too bad for a young lad from Inverness." Ian thought as he absently watched a Bolian couple window shop. "I've got about an hour before I have to report. I just hope to get an interesting assignment. Perhaps tis being a bit naive, but as much as Starfleet is about science, it's about high adventure in it's own way." He paused and chuckled. "Gah what would Commander Grady think about even saying the word adventure and Starfleet in the same sentence? He'd have be back ta polishin' every piece o' brass in the bleedin' Academy Hall of Remembrance." Slipping into the Highland burr of his youth as he thought about his Starfleet ethics professor. "Computer. Time?" He asked. "The time is 1700 hours." "Okay Ian, thirty minutes before the briefing and since 'On time is late,' I better get moving." Galloway walked with a confident long strides as his 1.9 meter lithe frame carried him along the seemingly endless dome until he reached the turbolift again. "Holodeck 12." He said as he entered and smiled at the Tellerite female wearing Starfleet blue already in the car. "Ian Galloway. Ops. I take it you are also going to the holodeck briefing?" "You state the obvious well. I am Havgarshminta. Xenobiology. Most humans just call me Mindy." She growled. "Well, for a rotund species, you seem slimmer than most." Ian snarled back. Both chuckled and shook hands. "You are familiar with Tellerite customs." Mindy smiled. "Only what I learned at the academy, but I am looking forward to learning more. I would-" Ian stopped midsentence as the turbolift opened and the two entered the corridor leading to the holodeck, where at least twenty other cadets were waiting. He took a deep breath and muttered. "And lo it begins..."