07-21-2013, 03:31 PM
Re: Ever had a really bad idea? Like grow a beard?
In 1960 I already had a 'Miltary Hair Cut,' like really short; nothing has changed in the intervening years.
'Induction' and most of the other fellows had (note the time frame) more hair than a Lion and went away bald. Me? Guy leans over and asked if 'This is your regular cut?' 'Yes Sir.'
Gave me a light trim above the ears with a straight razor; I was the only one who walked away with a head that didn't look like a 'cue-ball.'
Couple of weeks later get a call to report to the Chief Bosn's Mate on the base; would like to talk to me. (Okie-Dokie). Tosses a file in front of me and just looks at me.
'You have a very interesting Resume' Mr. Evans, where did you learn all this stuff?'
(Context: At age 18.1 I had a current United States Coast Guard Marine Pilots Licence for ships up to 350 tonne from Puget Sound to North Alaska. Sat for the test on my 18th Birthday.)
Other than PT I got very light handling. End game, when it came to stepping on board a ship I 'out-ranked' most. (More context: You do not give the ship Captain orders, just suggestions, save for the shxt's about to hit the fan.)
For Jollies they'd call me out in class: 'Mr. Evans, what are the proper light displays for a Tug boat with a tow?'
'Sir, is the 'tow' in front, along side or behind, all are different.' (They are.) 'Come to the 'black board' and show us.'
Ended up teaching more than a few classes. Most fun was having my Mother package up my Sextant (Brit-WW2 Issue) and sending down to the Base. (Still have it, but haven't used same for years.) Teaching a class in Celestial Navigation (honestly just fun and games stuff) and Guys loved doing Sun/Moon/Star shots and then off to the Bowdich Tables for 'where are we' based on a good clock time. Which reminds me, I haven't reset my 20+ year old watch in a the past two weeks.
Into the place as a 'Shave Tail' walked out as a low ranked Bosn' Mate. No idea you could get 'promoted' that fast.
"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." – Winston Churchill
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