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Old 08-26-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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Visitors aboard the Norton in Sweden

In another post I talked about being in Sweden for at least a week and I really think everyone fell in love at least several times and I personally lost about eight pounds while we were there. Case in point......

While we were there we had ''Welcome Visitors Aboard'' and the response was almost overwhelming. They put up a special gang way for the civies to come aboard the ship for a look around. We closed off restricted areas on the ship to limit the roaming around of the civies but there was still scads of them that came aboard. The cooks and bakers prepared all kind of sweet treats for the visitors including coffee, juice, co co and all the finery that the ship could come up with including ice cream (we had a ice cream machine on board)
It didnt take too long for the ladies to figure out that this was a good way to meet sailors. If we were between watches we could kinda stand around in the passage ways and prop against the bulkhead and sorta smile as they went by. Some would smile back and stop and talk. A few of them spoke good English but most just ''smiled''. We would escort them down to the mess hall and treat them to ''sweets''. Sometimes if they smiled just right you could take them on a special ''tour'' of the spaces that most did not get to go but you had to be very careful doing this because that ''special place'' may or may not be already occupied and busy.
In the radio gang we had several ''outlying spaces'' that were ''closed down '' while we were in port because they were not in use. One of these spaces was radio six up in the secondary conning tower on the stern of the ship. Way back and way up six decks and not used in port...(for communications)........
I am trying too figure out how to say this discretely so that the more nice folks can read this sea story.

Uhhhhhhhh... guys you really need to go to my blog for the rest of this sea story. It is not vulgar unless you have a dirty mind but some things are difficult to tell without ruining the the ''jest'' of the story.

if you want to read the complete story go to ..
feel free to leave a comment there or come back here and leave a comment so others will go look .....Look for Visitors aboard the Norton......

Lets all remember that the Veterans fought for our freedom while we were warm and dry in our beds...... think about it........

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Old 08-28-2011, 06:49 AM   #2
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I just read that on your blog. read 5 or 6 posts, last one was KAty.
That's some good stuff my friend.

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Old 08-29-2011, 05:35 PM   #3
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A Marine named Bud

A Marine named Bud was overseeing his platoon in a remote mountainous pasture in Iraq when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.
The driver, a young man in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan® sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many weapons and rounds you have in your platoon, will you give me a personal escort?"
Bud looks at the man, who obviously is a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully platoon and calmly answers, "Sure, why not?"
The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell® notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3® cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany ...

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot® that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL® database through an ODBC connected Excel® spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry® and, after a few minutes, receives a response.Finally, he prints out a full- color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet® printer, turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1500 weapons and 5200 rounds"!
"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my men as an escort ," says Bud.
He watches the young man select one of the men and looks on with amusement as the young man shows him to the front seat of his car.
Then Bud says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my man?"
The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?"
"You're a Admiral in the U.S. Navy", says Bud.
"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"
"No guessing required." answered the Marine. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked.
You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about how service men make a living - or about Marines, for that matter. Because this is an R&R camp!
Now give me back my man.
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