Page Four THE BLUE BONNET USS Houston- 9- 15- 34- 800o
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BEEFS and SMIRKS
The Navy ain't what is used to be.
( Ed. Note: It never was and never
will be what it used to be.) The
PENSACOLA has an electric deck
scrubber, the HOUSTON yeomen have
a small polisher to shine their desk
t~ p~, the metalsmiths have a spray
gun to paint with, the general mess
has paper napkins, and the Bos'ns
have a IOoospeaker.
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A Scotchman crossing the ocean
proved to be a bad sailor and went
to see the Captain of the ship to see
if he could do anything for sea sickness.
" Have you got a dime?" asked the
" Yes," replied the Scot.
" Well, hold it between your teeth
during the trip."
Joe Blow's ' beef' is hereby acknowledged.
Any more feel like you, Joe?
Diplomacy did not permit the printing
of your story this time. • • •
The Exec's, Gunnery and First
Lieutenant's offices have been juggled
about to make room for the flag. Considering
the amount of work to be
done the ' move' is almost complete
and we should be able to find our way
about - soon. Of course several parties
will miss their tailor- made calking
O. O. D.:- Coxswain, don't shove off
till I say " shove off." When I say,
" shove off," shove off. " Shove Off."
There seems to be an apparent
disregard of sane rules of conduct
among the crew. A few facts in regard
to this would be timely. Sitting
on bitts, standing in waterways, leaning
on lines and throwing cigarette
butts on wooden decks are not helpful
towards the ship's appearance. Those
white life lines give the ship a fine
appearance, while clean,- but that is
a job, keeping them clean. The night
watches on deck could be more careful
with night rations- crumbs are
usually greasy and leave spots on
decks. To many men use the spit kits
for purposes other than the one intended.
Strange how many men suddenly
discovered relatives they had to visit
on our last visit to New York. Blood's
thicker than water they say.
Well lads, here we are headed
south again and that good old port
of Houston, Texas, staring us in the
face. The black gang is beginning to
be hurt again, transfers coming up _
right and left. Wilson, WT2c, to
Salt Lake City for duty; Bustinza,
WT2c also to the Salt Lake City.
Williams, F3c, headed for good old
The famous souvenier hunter from
the Log Room was paid off and is
now headed for the good old hills of
Tennessee. He says it's several days
by ox- cart back to his hide- out in the
Weare off with a fine lead on a
good score for the month, 125.0 to
date . Let's keep it up.
incline at the dock, preceding the
Captain. As he made the last step,
he slipped, fell on his and
getting up turned to the Captain,
without cracking a smile, said, " Look
out, Captain, it's kinda slippery." It
This is no reflection on the Engineers
At one of the recent inspections,
the Captain had just completed the
inspection of the engineering spaces
and turing around to the Engineer
v Officer complimented him:-
" A very good looking engineroom,
- as a ( w) HOLE."
Maybe we didn't hear it correctly,
but that is what it sounded like.
When seeking information or advice
from Macumber, our able ship's
writer, always begin your inquiry
by saying " I would like to know as
follows." He loves the expression.
Who is the electrician storekeeper
in the Log Room who was playfully
collecting souvenirs in Norfolk last
week and found out to his sorrow the
people in Norfolk have absolutely no
sense of humor at all.
Well, if the writer of this column
is alive next week, more dope will be
forthcoming. Better be good, we get
the accelerator pedal to the floorboards.
Suddenly there was a loud
It wasn't a turn after all that
Jones had negotiated at 60 per, but
Last Friday evening, during the another man's garage.
rain, if you recall it, the C: 20~ x~ sw~ a~ in~ 0~ fL__:"! D~ 0~ n~' tLJ~ I~ a~":" b21!! i. 2n2d2m!! la! ln~'! s.. 1B!! I!! u1f!:'..: a~ I!! I ===.:.!:.:.~.:.!.====:.... tel' of one of Norfolks den of iniquities,
on the dance floor. Imagine our
surprise one day last week to see
a certain printer striker being led
around Central Park by a Police Dog.
Good looking dog too. Snarfy Joe,
the crooning mail man, has been buying
Champagne again. Those old
Asiatic habits still remain. Joe says
" Prices in Greenwich Village differ
from those in Shanghai." Was it for
the girl who called you ' cinchie winchie",
Joe? Arty Hand now has a
copyright on the name Arthur Hansel,
to be used by females only. Romine
wants a coast to coast hook up,
from Seattle to New York. Has any
one ever seen Breidecker not chewing
on a box of matches. We understand
that Baker was singing in the rain
in Norfolk. Does this have anything
to do with a sudden desire for foreign
dtitY? The New York Telephone
Company declared a dividend for the
first time in five years, after the
HOUSTON left the Yard. We understand
that HOUSTON Nite at the
Marine Canteen was a whale of a
big success. We wish to render thanks
to the obliging bar tender, who had
the 12- 4 on the Main Gate. The mail
from Portland continues to trickle in,
but it is only a trickle. Here we
come, Houston, Texas. Brown in the
Gunnery Office makes the statement
that he met " The Queen" this time in
New York. This makes plenty of
Queens in his kingdom Rosoloksky
has been talking the boys into interesting
circumstances once more. This
time Phillips, Y3c., succumbed.
One recruit was heard saying: "
My, what a storm, and I don't even
feel it. I know I'll be a sailor."
During the course of our small
bore parties on the fantail, " Wild
Bill" Wilson ambled over one afternoon
to show the boys how to shoot.
After a few shots he proceeded to
adjust the sights. Lt. Thompson, spying
the " expert" yelled at him: "
Leave those sights alone. That rifle
" Sir," answered Bill sincerely, " according
to my eye, this here gun air
Whereupon, Lt. Thompson took the
gun in hand and cut out the bullseye
without changing the sights. Did we