Page Two THE BLUE BONNET
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Just to Let You Know!
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP
I've lathered the deck till I feel like a wreck
I've scrubbed where the bulkheads were tarnished
From sunset to dawn till the last spot was
I've polished and painted and varnished.
The angle- iron gleams, the over- head beams
While waiting for white gloves to tryout
And lookit, you mu&, s, at the battle port Jugs
So shiny they must knock your eye out.
I cleaned and I chipped, not a square inch
I got all the corners and niches
The blowers I scrubbed, the bright work
With a rag from an old pair of britches.
And now that I'm through, there's nothing
But to Oop in the depths of dejection.
I worked to a shred and I wish I were dead
For the Skipper called off his inspection I .....
The Wind- scoop ...
F. L. Macumber, CY, Captain's Office,
recently interviewed on why he
so eagerly desires to do another
cruise in China, bewildered his listeners
by saying, " Home Sweet Homethere
is no place like home!"
Dutch, CWT, " A" Division, heartily
remarked that the ship needs a fullfledged
chief as Chief Master- at- Arms
and if there's any difficulty in finding
a chief suitable for the job, he, at a
moments notice, is ready to volunteer.
Moose Winters, SF2c, is very much
under the impression that since Sammie
Ashcraft has been transferred,
he, " Moosie," is senior SF2c., aboard
ship. Of course he asks that we disregard
time in rate and service, and
think only of brains and brawn.
Henry Nickel, BM2c, has posted
the following notice: " From a Castle
to a Park Bench, in three easy lessons."
Not only has he studied hard,
but he knows from experience. " From
the sail locker to the 1st division.'
Boo, Y2c., Exec's Office, has placed
back on the moon's perch his beautiful
blonde, but from the flaming sun
has received a gorgeous red head.
We're not sure, but we're under the
impression, if the permanent wave
is caught in a rain storm, he won't
be able to turn to the stars for
A little hillbilly watched a man at
a tourist camp making use of a comb
and brush, a tooth brush, a nail file,
and a whisk broom.
" Gee, mister," he finally queried.
" Are you always that much trouble
A soldier went to his colonel and
a ked for leave to go home to help
his wife with her spring cleaning.
" I don't like to refuse you," said
the colonel, " but I've just received a
letter from your wife saying that you
are no use around the house."
The soldier saluted and turned to
go. At the door he stopped, turned and
" Colonel, there are two persons in
this regiment who handle the truth
loosely, and I'm one of them. I'm not
Tell me about yourself- your troubles,
your amb! lions, your telephone
Let's take the first boat over and
come right back on the next one!
What do you say we go ashore for
a hike and on the way stop by at
the Club for just one beer?
Famous Last Words
A radioman with calloused hands?
A watertender who carries his own
An electrician's mate walking around
without a test lamp?
A yeoman with dirt under his fingernails?
A signalman who didn't powder his
nose before sending a semaphore
A machinist's mate who changed his
shoes before going on deck after a
A storekeeper who didn't want a
working party to empty his waste
A boatswain's mate who was always
A shipfitter who was always in a
hurry, but never got anywhere?
A baker who said, " Sure, help yourself
to the pie."?
A ship's cook who said, " Sandwiches
at ten o'clock, Sailor"?
A carpenter's mate who was pleasant
to a coxswain whose boat just had
a stern torn off?
A musician who cl'::~ dn't qualify as a
A pharmacist's mate who didn't always
recomme: ld salts for all ailments?
A printer who didn't have ink on his
face and hands?
A painter who didn't say, " Get a
Did You Ever See
F. B. Weiler
Ens. J. Morrison
E. C. Simmons, Y3c
W. C. Ridge. MM2c
J. W. Tinkle, Seale
T. B. Razlai'f. Prtr3c
Published every two weeks by the ship's
company of the USS HOUSTON, Captain
J. B. Oldendorf, USN, Commanding, and Commander
H. L. Grosskopf, USN, Executive
Getting out this paper is no picnic.
If I print jokes people say I'm silly:
If I don't, they say I'm too serious.
If I clip things from other papers,
I'm too lazy to write myself;
If I don't, I'm stuck on my own stuff.
If I stick close to the job all day,
I ought to be in the office, on the job.
If I don't print contributions,
I don't appreciate true genius;
And if I do print them, the paper is full of
If I make a change in the other fellow's
write- up, I'm critical;
If I don't, I'm asleep.
Now like as not some goy will say I swiped
this from some other paper.
I DlDl - Minneapolis North Star
This little advertising slogan is only
a 1) 10re modernistic version of the old
proverb, " A thing worth doing is
worth doing well". It is the slogan
of men in all times and places who
undertake a task only when they intend
to finish it and finish it well.
It is the earmark of a reputable
man. It would be sort of nice, I'm
thinking, if people would be able to
say that of me some day when my
cruise is over. But more satisfactory,
if I myself knew that I had put
heart and soul into the job. Regardless
of what others said or thought, as
long as I could convince myself that
I'd done my very utmost, I could leave
With squared shoulders and lifted
You see, I'm a " short- timer," and
that's why I'm thinking these things.
And now, shipmates, here's a final
tip: if a beautiful hula- maiden happens
to take a fancy to you, and says,
" E hele haua! She means, " Let's
Please don't get your wires crossed
" Hele aku oe!" or " Scram!" when
all the time you mean:
" Hiki no! Owai kou inoa?" which
means, " Can do; what's your name?"