Folks used to go to the mountains,lake or the beach to get away from the hustle and bustle of work, family and phones. Now, one never gets away from phones. We had two phones, one for Sherry and one for me. Now Sherry has two phones. When we walk sometimes I (having pockets) carry one or two.
Being a sailor still at heart, I roll my clothes. I have even got to the point I leave everything in the pockets and roll my trousers and put them in my closet. The shirts are still on hangers. The other day I took a shower and rolled my pants leaving a phone in the pocket. Sherry heard the phone but didn’t know where it was. So Evelyn left a message in my pocket.
Rolling clothes is an old sailor tradition. Since for years there were no irons aboard ships for ironing, clothes were turned inside out and rolled to prevent as many wrinkles as possible. The old sailor uniforms were designed for shipboard, as you will remember we did not have collars so the tops (shirts) could be rolled also.
The Bell bottom trousers were of course designed so if you were washed overboard you could remove them much easier in the water. Then tie the legs in knots, swing the pants in the air by the belt loops and slap them down on the water, capturing air in the legs and you have a sort of ‘water-wings’ to rest in.
You have a mate that rings the ships bell on the hour and the half hour to keep you aware of the time. The half hour is always one ding. The bell rings four times when the Capt Departs the ship and Four times when he returns.
(In this case it is a Yeoman, ringing the bell)
You may not realize it; but shipboard punishment is still bread and water (three days max). Of course now a days that isn’t such a terrible punishment. I had a shipmate who was caught sneaking booze aboard and was given two days brig time on bread and water. He said it was great, all you could eat, fresh baked bread with butter. We ain’t into punishment as much as we used to.
(Resting in the safety net around the flight deck , I came here sometimes to read letters from my Sherry!)
This all started from my rolling my trousers.
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Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency, notify:" I want to put "DOCTOR".