|Forum topic by degoose||posted 06-12-2010 01:48 PM||1041 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
06-12-2010 01:48 PM
The Old Navy
Then – If you smoked, you had an ashtray on your desk.
Then – Mail took weeks to come to the ship.
Then – If you left the ship it was in Blues or Whites, even in home port.
Then – You wore bell bottoms.
Then – You wore a cap/hat with every uniform.
Then – If you said “Shit,” people knew you were annoyed and avoided you.
Then -The Ship’s Office writer had a typewriter on his desk for doing daily reports.
Then – Your girlfriend was at home, praying you would return alive.
Then – If you got drunk off duty, your buddies would take you back to the ship so you could sleep it off.
Then – Drinking mugs were made out of steel and you could heat coffee or hot chocolate in them.
Then – Officers were professional sailors first. They commanded respect. Now – Officers are politicians first. They beg not to be given a ‘wedgie’.
Then – They collected enemy intelligence and analyzed it. Now – They collect your pee and analyze it.
Then – If you didn’t act right, they’d put you on extra duty until you straightened up.
Then – Medals were awarded to heroes who saved lives at the risk of their own.
Then – You slept in a barracks block, like a soldier.
Then – You ate in a mess hall or cafeteria. It was free and you could have all the food you wanted.
Then – If you wanted to relax, you went to the Rec Centre, played snooker, smoked and drank beer.
Then – If you wanted a beer and conversation, you could go to the Junior Sailors’ and Senior Sailors’ messes or Wardroom.
Then – The canteen had bargains for sailors who didn’t make much money.
Then – If an Admiral wanted to make a presentation, he scribbled down some notes and a Flag Lieutenant spent an hour preparing a bunch of
Then – We called the enemy things like ”Nips”, “Gooks”, “Commie Bastards” and “Reds” because we didn’t like them.
Then – We declared victory when the enemy was dead and all his things were broken.
Then – A commander would put his butt on the line to protect his people.
Thank God I was in the “Old Navy” – and proud of it.
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