Comments: Air Force Blue (part 12)

Yay Mookie!

Posted by Pixy Misa at April 27, 2004 11:16 AM

LOL. I can just picture you at that ceremony, being a smartass. :) Glad to see not much has changed!

Posted by Dawn at April 27, 2004 12:52 PM

I love your stories (even the boring ones!)...

Posted by Susie at April 28, 2004 01:23 AM

SHOW US YOUR RACK!

Wind Rider has.

I have.

Posted by Rob @ L&R at April 29, 2004 04:27 PM

All right Rob, I dug them out of my 'Memories' box last night. I'll get a picture taken and posted sometime in the next few days.

Posted by Ted at April 30, 2004 07:27 AM

In the same vein... when I was 12, our next-door neighbour was the Exec of HMAS ........ His daughter was christened in the ship's bell (as is traditional), and later on the dignitaries and guests had a buffet in the ship's wardroom. Plenty of brass hats there, up to and including Admirals.

The toast for the day ( RAN follows RN custom - there's a specific toast for every day of the week, e.g. "A bloody war and a sickly season" ) was "Wives and Sweethearts".

As a 12-year old with far more knowledge of naval traditions than was healthy, I figured I could get away with the standard rejoinder on *INFORMAL* occasions:

"May they never meet!"

Those present who knew of the tradition wondered who'd put me up to it, the rest thought it was just childish precociousness. In fact, it was the result of a cold-blooded calculation, and taking an opportunity that would never come my way again.

Posted by Alan E Brain at April 30, 2004 11:02 AM
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