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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?
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  • JOE14250
    185 and in trouble- just goes to show you - some people are never satisfied.

    Thanks for the low down. I think I may have asked the question. I thought the boom was for a series of tarzan swings. So a bunch of marines could go at one time to the beach.
    2062 days ago
    Very interesting Navy story! I hope you are feeling better soon!
    2063 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I had no idea that you were in the Navy!
    2063 days ago
    Very interesting story...thanks for sharing!
    2063 days ago
  • no profile photo HANSBRINK
    Actually, that's what I wanted to know. Thanks for posting the explanation about the ship. My dad was on an aircraft tender in WWII. I think the ship was decommissioned after Korea.

    I am assuming the the ship had a flat hull in order to drive straight onto the beach. How was it in rough weather at sea?
    2064 days ago
    Very informative. Thanks for sharing! Hope you are better soon! By the way, cute joke. And if you are suffereing from a sore throat, we have found that those slippery elm lozenges are good for that!

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    2064 days ago
    Sometimes we just need to let a flu 'hospitalise' us at home, almost like a stacation. (Especially if we are male)
    Loved your tale of the sea...(you know me and lectures)
    Hope you feel better soon
    2064 days ago
    I hope you are feeling better soon. Summer colds can be a real bummer.

    Thanks for your service!
    2064 days ago
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