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There Is A Fungus Among Us.

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Posted 06/27/2008   01:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Cimarron_Warrior to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Let's see your Mushroom or fungus stamps.

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Posted 06/27/2008   01:44 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sneeky37 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
LASwabie and any of you other Squids out there

As I read it I laughed and had tears.... we can so relate to this
Hope you all enjoy a little nostalgia....

THE SEABAG........

There was a time when everything you owned had to fit in your seabag.
Remember those nasty rascals? Fully packed, one of the suckers
weighed more than the poor devil hauling it.

The darn things weighed a ton and some idiot with an off-center
sense of humor sewed a carry handle on it to help you haul it.
Heck, you could bolt a handle on a Greyhound bus but it wouldn't
make the darn thing portable.

The Army, Marines and Air Force got footlockers and we got a big
ole' canvas bag.

After you warped your spine ing the goofy thing through a bus
or train station, sat on it waiting for connecting transportation and
made folks mad because it was too darn big to fit in any overhead
rack on any bus, train and airplane ever made, the contents looked
like heck. All your gear appeared to have come from bums who slept
on park benches.

Traveling with a seabag was something left over from the "Yo-ho-ho
and a bottle of rum" sailing ship days. Sailors used to sleep in hammocks.
So you stowed your issue in a big canvas bag and lashed your hammock
to it , hoisted it on your shoulder and in effect moved your entire
home and complete inventory of earthly possessions from ship to ship.
I wouldn't say you traveled light because with one strap it was a
one-shoulder load that could torque your skeletal frame and bust
your ankles. It was like hauling a dead linebacker.

They wasted a lot of time in boot camp telling you how to pack one
of the suckers. There was an officially sanctioned method of
organization that you forgot after ten minutes on the other side of
the gate at Great Lakes or San Diego.
You got rid of a lot of issue gear when you went to the SHIP.. Did
you ever know a tin-can sailor who had a raincoat?
A flat hat? One of those hugger knit swimsuits?
How bout those roll your own neckerchiefs...
The ones the girls in a good Naval tailor shop would cut down and sew
into a 'greasy snake' for two bucks?

Within six months, every fleet sailor was down to one set of dress
blues, port and starboard undress blues and whites, a couple of
whitehats, boots, shoes, assorted skivvies a peacoat and three
sets of bleeched out dungarees.
The rest of your original issue was either in the pea coat locker,
lucky bag or had been reduced to wipe down rags in the engineroom.
Underway ships were not ships that allowed vast accumulation of
private gear.

Hobos who lived in discarded refrigerator crates could amass greater
loads of pack rat stuff than fleetsailors. The confines of a canvas back
rack, side locker and a couple of bunk bags did not allow one to
live a Donald Trump existence.
Space and the going pay scale combined to make us envy
the lifestyle of a mud hut Ethiopian.
We were the global equivalents of nomadic Monguls without ponies
to haul our stuff.

And after the rigid routine of boot camp we learned the skill of
random compression packing...
Known by mother's world-wide as 'cramming'. It is amazing what
you can jam into a space no bigger than a breadbox if you pull a
watch cap over a boot and push it in with your foot. Of course it
looks kinda weird when you pull it out but they never hold fashion
shows at sea and wrinkles added character to a salty appearance.
There was a four-hundred mile gap between the images on recruiting
posters and the actual appearance of sailors at sea.
It was not without justifiable reason that we were called the tin-can
Navy.

We operated on the premise that if 'Cleanliness was next to
Godliness', we must be next to the other end of that spectrum...
We looked like our clothing had been pressed with a waffle iron and
packed by a bulldozer.

But what in the heck did they expect from a bunch of jerks that lived
in the crews hole of a 2250 Sumner Class can.
After a while you got used to it... You got used to everything
you owned picking up and retraining that distinctive aroma...
You got used to old ladies on busses taking a couple of wrinkled
nose sniffs of your peacoat then getting up and finding another seat...

Do they still issue seabags? Can you still make five bucks
sitting up half the night drawing a ships picture on the side of one
of the darn things with black and white marking pens that drive old
master-at-arms into a 'rig for heart attack' frenzy? Make their faces red... The
veins on their neck bulge out...
And yell,"What in god's name is that all over your
seabag?" "Artwork, Chief... It's like the work of Michelangelo...
My ship... Great huh?" "Looks like some darn comic book..."

Here was a man with cobras tattooed on his arms... A skull with a
dagger through one eye and a ribbon reading 'DEATH BEFORE
SHORE DUTY' on his shoulder...
Crossed anchors with 'Subic Bay 1945' on the other shoulder...
An eagle on his chest and a full blown Chinese dragon on the backside.
If anyone was an authority on stuff that looked like a comic book,
it had to be this E-7 sucker.

Sometimes I look at all the stuff stacked in my garage, close my
eyes and smile, remembering a time when everything I owned could
be crammed into a canvas bag.
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Posted 06/27/2008   05:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rlorenz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sneeky,
Just to clarify as a Marine I was issue a sea-bag not a foot locker. So I can feel your pain. also I would love to thank the Navy for all those rides they gave me :)
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Posted 06/27/2008   07:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Triggersmob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's some fungi from Bulgaria.





Steve
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Posted 06/27/2008   08:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobgggg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Cimmaron

Check out this link

http://www.scmsfungi.org/stamps/stamps.htm
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Posted 06/27/2008   11:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cimarron_Warrior to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice Bulgarians there Trigg. Neat site Bobgggg, it just made my wishlist abit longer.
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Posted 06/27/2008   5:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modern_who to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In the Army, we had foot lockers in the barracks, but they stayed there. (Except when returning from Nam, when you were allowed to ship your footlocker with extra stuff home, maybe a week or two before DEROS.) When you moved you packed it all into a big green duffel bag that you carried whether you were going home, going to another Fort in the U.S., or going overseas.
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Posted 06/27/2008   5:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cimarron_Warrior to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm scratching my head wondering how we went from Mushrooms and fungus to Seabags and Footlockers. Could it be because of all the fungus that was probably growing in the shoes and boots kept in those seabags and footlockers??
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Posted 06/27/2008   6:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobgggg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


I luv mushroom cheeseburgers
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Posted 06/27/2008   6:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sfgoda to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice fungus everyone......
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Posted 06/27/2008   8:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cimarron_Warrior to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hey Bob you wouldn't happen to have any dupes of those would ya???
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Posted 06/27/2008   8:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Spedward to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
hey vietnam ones, I might have one or two of those lemme go check
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Posted 06/27/2008   8:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Spedward to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
nope, no fungi
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Posted 06/27/2008   11:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sneeky37 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
rlorenz
When I was aboard the VAlley Forge we had FMF who ran the Brig and played "Gophers" for the Brass.
They connvert her to an LPH in the Sixties, so she became a "Gator Navy" ship, she carried a lot of MArines to Nam, in fact she did nine combat tours in Nam
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Posted 06/27/2008   11:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add laswabbie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't know how the post got from fungus to seabags, unless Sneeky relates sailors to mushrooms!

The story was a good one, and actually very accurate!
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Posted 06/28/2008   02:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cimarron_Warrior to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It's another case of "Thread Hijacking"
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