Amish Flu and Funny Looking Ships
Monday, August 26, 2013
You know how to tell if you have the Amish Flu? You don't get really sick. You just get a little hoarse and buggy.
That pretty much sums up my weekend. I did like most men of all levels of manliness. I whined and felt sorry for myself. Not too much, mind you. Though I guess you'd have to ask DW to see for certain. I should have medicated, but didn't. I also didn't engage in any activity more strenuous than driving the Daddy Cab. Don't feel sorry for me. It wasn't all that bad. I just used it as the opportunity to be a big baby. If you feel a need to tell me you don't feel sorry for me, I'm not listening...lalalalalala.
Anyway, it's Monday and I'm back on my regular routine. Now I'm medicating. I have too much to do to be a slacker today. J and I had our normal walk. The temp was right around 60 and the sky was clear. I'm really looking forward to fall...not rushing it...just looking forward to it. It was gorgeous.
Can I tell you a story? Well, I'm going to, so if you don't want to read it, just skip two paragraphs. I had a question about the ship in my background. I'm pretty sure I mentioned once or twice that I'm a Navy vet. In my active duty time, I never set foot aboard ship. Go figure. After that, I spent two entirely miserable years in the ROTC program at Penn State and, during my sophomore cruise, I spent part of a summer aboard that very ship. It was the best part of my whole time in ROTC. She was called the USS Cayuga, designated LST-1186. That's a Tank Landing Ship. The question was about the boom extending off the bow of the Cayuga.
Tank Landing Ships are designed to drive straight to the beach. Once in contact with the beach, the bow doors open and the big boom extends a landing ramp out to the beach and down into the well deck. From there, stowed tanks or other armored vehicles can drive out onto the beach. The US Navy decommissioned it's last serving LST in 2002. The stern well deck could be flooded for amphibious attack vehicles to debark at sea. More than you wanted to know, I'm sure. But, I ran across the photo and felt a little nostalgic. That's a story way too long for this venue. A side point...I weighed 185 that summer, and was constantly in trouble for my weight.
Enough nostalgia. Stiff upper lip...keep looking up..."Onward and Upward" (that last from "The Last Battle" of "Chronicles of Narnia" fame). Now, where did those darned cough drops get to?