Most people in the country are very tired of winter and doing plenty of California Dreamin' in the hopes that spring will soon arrive. Tom and his crew had an unexpected trip to California about a month ago. They left their home base thinking that they would only be gone for the day but ended up needing to stay in California about five days for repairs. So they had to make a trip to Wal-Mart to buy some clothes to wear for their time there since they weren't expecting to be gone that long. Despite being able to enjoy some golfing and beach time, they all would have preferred to be home. Tom, in particular, was to be getting ready to deploy and wanted to spend some time with Maddy.