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A good samaritan

By lex, on November 7th, 2006

The last time I was in Perth, WA I was headed to a local watering hole with a pair of buddies at a time of the “evening” that had gotten past being late and was well on the way to being early again. We probably didn’t need another beer. But we wanted one. I mean, it was Perth.

The folks we met just outside the bar definitely didn’t need any more. There was a European couple there – the guy was English, and the girl from Eire – young backpackers they were, both of them reeling drunk. They went to cross the street when she stumbled and fell by the curb. By an unfortunate twist of fate, her friend lurched the other way at just the same moment. A mixed group of American sailors and locals, about six or seven young men, saw this from a different angle than I did and sadly misinterpreted the scene.

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So, we had a little party yesterday

By lex, October 13, 2006

And, what with all the cake-cutting and the ice cream socializing and the wearing of lampshades on my head – whoops! That was the last night in Bahrain, never mind – I sort of forget to blog about it.

Well that and the fact that the jet lag man is still viciously keeping me down. And I’m pretty busy. And the deck was up. The sun was in my eyes. There was an earthquake. Terrible flood.

Anyway.

So, we were 231 years old yesterday. And still have our hairline, most of our own teeth, and a good resting heart rate. And we’re still at sea, or getting ready for sea or coming back from having been at sea, pretty much all the time. Being, you know: The Sea Service, and all.

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Random observations from the outer arc

By lex, on October 11th, 2006

Google must have a thermos in it: When you type in the url over here, you automatically get the .bh suffix, with all kinds of cool, wriggly, right-to-left writing in the places where you’ve become accustomed to seeing “Web,” “Images,” “News,” “Groups” and “Porn” back home. Also, when you type in your search request, the letters fill from right to left, instead of the correct way.

How do it know? It’s got a thermos in it. That’s how.

NSA Bahrain is like an island inside the island. It feels just like being home, except that everyone is wearing some version of DCU’s. It’s “Lost” in cammies.

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Left-handed compliments

By lex, on October 11th, 2006

Scene: Naval Medical Clinic, NSA Bahrain. Your correspondent sits on an examination table, enduring the preliminaries required to score some Ambien off of an actual doctor, once the fetching young corpsman finishes asking him whether or not he’s allergic to drugs (no), smokes (no), drinks alcoholic beverages (occasionally – all, right so there’s a lot of occasions) and takes his blood pressure, temperature and pulse. She looks at the screen with wide, innocent eyes, turns to him and says –

FYC: Do you PT often sir?

YHS: Well, yes, pretty often. Why do you ask?

FYC: Well, it’s your resting heart rate. That’s pretty low for sitting down. It means your heart is pumping efficiently.

YHS: Well, you know. I try. It’s important. Ahem. *Cough*

FYC: How old are you sir?

YHS: 45.

FYC: (Almost gushing now) Sir! That’s great for a man of your age.

YHS:

FYC:

YHS:

FYC: I mean.

YHS: Send the doctor in, won’t you?

FYC: Yes sir!

For a man my age. These days it’s always with the age. Why does it have to be an age thing?

Brat. If it weren’t for chivalry and Virginia I might have brained her with my walker.

 

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Home is the Sailor

By lex, on June 25th, 2006

Home from the sea, and the hunter is home from the hills:

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The Phuket thing fell through, alas. His government sponsored passport didn’t come through in time. A disappointment, to be sure, but not the first. It isn’t all beer and skittles, is it? I cannot tell you how many “round the world cruises” I sailed out on that ended up stalled in the North Arabian Sea.

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Tagged

By lex, on April 9th, 2006

Usually I dread this sort of thing, even when I don’t resent it. Which is pretty much the rest of the time.

Still, the creative well has run dry for the nonce, and the request was made in the best fraternal customs of the service.

So.

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About that retirement ceremony

By lex, on March 16th, 2006

Got some pics back. To go with the speech, I guess.

A lovely day aboard ex-USS Midway. My goram sword came out of the spindle just as I took the podium and started to pontificate. I had an awkward moment trying to put it all to rights, before finally giving up, unsnapping it, and laying it across the lectern. The sour lemon face you see below is the realization that I’m about to give a speech to a bunch of chief petty officers out of uniform…

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After that the Master Chief got his medal. Promptly turned around and gave it to the missus. Which is something I’ve got to remember to do, when it’s my go.

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As to the speech itself? Below the fold, if it do ya…

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