June 2nd, 2013

Beyond the Ocean's Edge


Don't know if I mentioned it, but I celebrated another Birthday a week ago this past Friday.  Not to big a deal, although the folks at work got me a box of cup cakes and a card... complete with snide remarks about being in larger print for those growing older.  Eva provided a take and bake pizza for my dinner, which lasted me for the entire weekend.  I splurged on a bottle of rum and a six-pack of "Kilt lifter" beer from Pike's, associated with Pike's Market in Seattle.  Earlier in the month I'd hinted about some books on my "to be read" list, but she thinks my books are overflowing their spots, so I didn't get any.  Oh well.  What else did I hint for?  Read on.

I'm sure that most are aware that over the past several years the US Navy has gone away from the traditional working uniform, commonly called dungarees for first class petty officer and below.  Now they have every one in NWUs or Navy Working Uniform, which some sarcastically call aqua-flage.  It's a digital cammy in various shades of blue and gray and makes one look sort of like he (or she) is part of an urban SWAT team.  Just for the heck of it, I did some web-searching and found that one of the premier makers of the old dungarees is still in operation and still sells the old  trousers.  So I added that to my B-day wish list and Jessica was kind enough to order me a pair.  So to complete my personal holiday, I now have a brand new pair of Sea-Farer, bell bottom dungaree trousers.  Figure they might fit in with the mood of my book when I'm doing a signing or some other event.  My final remark concerning uniforms is that when US sailors wore dungarees, they looked like sailors.  Personally I'm glad to have been able to wear dungarees my entire career.
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