Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Friend is a Friend... Pete Townshend... Song of the Moment




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Song of the Moment


I was poking around my cd's the other day
and came upon this beauty.


I simply love this song and the entire album.
And I bet alot of people have never even
heard of it before. 



The Iron Man... The Musical by Pete Townshend 1989





When eyes meet in silence
A pact can be made
A life-long alliance
That won't be betrayed
Won't be betrayed


Be friendly... befriend me now
Be friendly


A friend is a friend
Nothing can change that
Arguments... squabbles
Can't break the contract
That each of you makes
To the death... to the end
Deliver your future
Into the hands of your friend


Be friendly... befriend me now
Be friendly


A promise is a promise
A handshake will seal it
No amount of discussion
Can ever repeal it
Commitment forever
To borrow or lend
Deliver your future
Into the hands of your friend


Be friendly... befriend me now
Be friendly


When eyes meet in silence
A pact can be made
A life-long alliance
That won't be betrayed
You need a mate
When facing the end
But what is the fate
Now facing my friend
Facing my friend
What faces my friend


Be friendly... befriend me now
Befriend me


A friend is a friend
Nothing can change that
Arguments... squabbles
Can't break the contract
That each of you makes
To the death... to the end
Deliver your future
Into the hands of your friend


Be friendly
Be friendly
Befriend me now
Be friendly
Befriend me now





How could you not be smiling
from ear to ear by the time this
magical song has reached it's end??

It's impossible!

Fuckin' Pete!

And even though I myself
have been a horrible friend
over these past few years...
doesn't matter...
because I know that we will ALL
be there for one another
if and when the shit
hits the fan...

I hope!  LoL

No no no... only kidding...
we will we will!
Right?!
Right?!



Pete Townshend & Roger Daltrey MSG May 22, 2004... friends 'til the end!
Tommy Mondello's ticket stub from that very show above... awesome!
That's Pete & Roger on stage at Madison Square Garden May 22, 2004.
Talk about a friendship with many many... many... ups... and downs...
and yet still... look at that!

I was at this very show, there's my ticket stub.
And I look at this photo...
and I see more than just 2 rock 'n roll hero's who have entertained
and inspired me pretty much my entire adult life in one way or another...
I see me...
and every one of the people who have been a part of my life along the way!

Very very close at times... not so close at other times...
but...
I know an embrace like that is waiting for us ALL
no matter how much time has gotten between us!

A friend is a friend
simple as that!




Iron Man interview with Pete




Here are some of the other songs

from the album that I could find.

I won't run anymore
Was there life
Dig (The WHO)
I eat heavy metal
All shall be well
New life/reprise
Fast food
Fire (The WHO)





Pete Townshend 1989





Saturday, October 25, 2014

USS Nimitz CVN-68 Diaries... Mess Deck Daze 1982






Okay, go pour yourself
a gigantic glass of sangria!
This may take a few minutes.
Crap, I don't shut-up... LoL






USS Nimitz CVN-68 Diaries...

Mess Deck Daze 1982




There’s nothing worse than cleaning up
after other people, is there?


You wives out there understand this. You women are always surrounded by some kind of mess.


I mean, not only do you have to clean up after yourselves, you also have to contend with
that slob of a husband.


And let’s not forget about those dirty-diapered stinky-assed kids of yours, too. I don’t know how the hell you deal with that multi-colored, offensive nightmare.


But hey, thank goodness you only have one asshole, oh, I mean husband to clean up after, and maybe a couple of dirty-diapered kids. Because when I was sent down for my mandatory, 3 month tour of duty on the mess decks while aboard the Nimitz, I had to clean up after 6 thousand assholes.


No, I didn’t wipe their asses knucklehead!


But I did have to clean up tables, mop floors,
and wash tons of dirty trays.
The Navy, it’s not just a job,
its fuckin’ slave labor!


Actually, my mess deck duty was a real break in the action though. Just as the "back dock duty" was while I was in bootcamp! So really, as much as it sucked, it was a nice change as well.


You had no worries down there. Just brainless laboring, that a trained monkey could perform.


I mean workin’ twelve hours on and twelve hours off, while trying to learn electronic equipment repair, was beginning to get to me.



Tommy Mondello working in shop-670 the Calibration Lab USS Nimitz 1982/83


And besides, I knew just about everyone
down on the deck at the time anyway.


Including Billy.

Billy Scire first day in port Naples January 1983
Billy Scire Jack of all trades... from flight deck operations to electronic repair!


The person in charge of the mess deck
was a real idiot!


He was tall, skinny, and a loser to boot.
He always made damn sure that his own ass
was covered, at all times, at any cost.
No matter what the situation.


In fact, he looked like a giant penis!
No, really, he did.


We used to call him,
Dickhead 2 hours spurt, EMI.
(EMI meant Extra Military Instruction.
It’s like getting sent to your room for two hours
when you fucked up!)


And the spurt of course represented our hero, barking out punishment our way,
from that big hole in his dick head.
(His mouth for you people falling behind)


He resembled a huge, erect penis, as it began to explode with sheer ecstasy. I could still hear
that scumbag in my head……


Mondello…
spurt
you’ve just earned yourself
2 hours…
spurt
spurt...
of EMI!
Umm, that was good.
I need a cigarette!


I mean, I heard of a talking horse before,
but I’ve never heard of a talking penis?
What a fucking loser he was.


We also had another guy in charge of us.
One of the under-bosses if you will.
Now, this guy was a very cool leader!


Petty Officer Bud "B".
I think that was his first name
and don't wanna mention his last.

Bill Scire, BB, Tommy Mondello on mess decks USS Nimitz 1982/1983


He was always right there, whenever we wanted to pull a prank on the other dickhead in charge. And, if we couldn’t come up with something,
he always did.


He was a very cool redneck indeed!
He would cover our asses before his own if shit went down, and not think twice about it.


There were many nutty characters working down in the mess decks with me, from southern hillbillies, who were so cool,
to big city wise guy types.


We had it all!


And, every one of those muthafucka’s were lookin’ for one thing, and one thing only.


A way to get high!

Ya just gotta laugh! Someone better tells THESE guys... LoL


The hillbillies... well they were into
makin’ their own hooch.


It was so funny watching them try to hide the curing rotgut from prying eyes and noses.
The whole area smelled like bat piss
wherever the jug was hidden. But, the losers
in charge could never find the stash.


And then, when the piss was cured
to semi-perfection, those tobacco chewin’, backwoodsmen hillbilly awesome muthafucka's, would actually drink it.


Yuch!

Our king hillbilly from the mess deck on board Nimitz 1983/83. Great guy!!
There here is... our King hillbilly!!
Chewing tobaccy in hand!
He was really a great guy! Funny and sarcastic as all hell... too funny!
You'll be hearing more from him in an upcoming Nimitz adventure
when I finally got up the balls to buy my first hooker... LoL
I was all timid until our hero turns to me and said...
"Ccc'mmmoooonnn Mondelloooo,
git in here 'n git you some!"

LoL... now isn't that exactly what you would think would
come outta this muthafucka!  LoL
Perfect it was... perfect!

And that's also the maintenance closet you'll be hearing about
further down in this story.


But hey, makin’ rotgut wine seemed normal compared to the other knuckleheads who followed up on a rumor that was circulating around the deck.


Now, you tell me how fucking desperate
these next crazy bastard's were.


The rumor floating around was that
if you ingested nutmeg, it would get you high. Have you ever heard of anything so ridiculous?

2 of the "Nutmeg Boys". They were too cool these fuckin' guys. Ya gotta lov'em for the crazy fucker's that they were!



Well, these guys didn’t think it was ridiculous. They’d crash the kitchen to "borrow"
handful's of nutmeg, and get it
into their bodies anyway possible.


Some guys mixed it with water and drank it as if he were makin’ Tang. While others actually used rolling papers, and made cigarettes out of it
and tried to smoke the spice.


They would come into the loud noisy

dishwasher room, where Billy & I
were both working at the time.
(1) (refer to drawing below)


This was a room with two gigantic dishwashers in it, and a couple of sinks. It was where all of the dirty trays came to be cleaned after the food had been scraped off of them.

Tommy Mondello USS Nimitz mess deck duty December 1982
Billy Scire USS Nimitz mess deck duty December 1982
Tommy Mondello USS Nimitz mess deck duty December 1982
Tommy Mondello USS Nimitz mess deck duty December 1982


But, the most important thing about this wet, noisy, smelly, disgusting room, was that
it had a huge air vent smack dab
in the middle of the ceiling.


The nutmeg boys would come in for a visit,
light up, and blow the smoke up into the vent so it was sucked out into the ethos,
thus concealing their wacky mischief
from the so-called moron's in charge.


Man, thank goodness these guys only used their diabolical brainpower to figure out ways to get a buzz, because if they turned that power towards evil, I think they could’ve been very dangerous. LoL


And as far as I saw, there wasn’t a buzz in sight. I just saw a couple stomach aches,
a little vomiting, and a few headaches.
But not a buzz in sight! Nutmeg, anyone?


Here are a couple of quick stories about those ever present, and always hyper, U.S. Marines.


These guys lived for something to go wrong.


Because when something went wrong, they were the ones who were called upon to make it right!

U.S. Marine on USS Nimitz mess deck 1982/83
Can't recall his name but I remember he was a great guy!
He was watching over some merchandise that the locals bring on board
for sale and we were bustin' his balls. It's unbelievable,
because I remember clear as day us fucking with him LoL
He was a cool dude! Since he didn't beat our asses and all! 

Let me start by giving you a layout of the mess deck level. It was the most unique level on the ship. Just picture the letter “H” on it's side.

USS Nimitz mess deck layout to follow along with stories



The two perpendicular legs
(That’s the two long ones.
Hey, I don’t wanna take anything for granted here!)


Well they ran along the sides of the ship.
While the horizontal line in the middle,
(That’s the small one! LoL)
... reached from one side of the ship
to the other creating the "H" shape.


So okay I don’t know the technical terms of where the fuck I was on the ship. Gilligan didn’t know either, and look how famous he became!


Port, starboard, bow, stern.
There... happy?


So where was I? Oh yeah, the letter “H”.


Well, all of the cleaning went on right in the middle of the horizontal line. That’s where

most of us mess deck losers
performed our daily duties.


Now, also sharing this deck for the most part with us were those over the top, diehard,

can’t wait for something to go wrong,
so I can use my M-16, robots.


That’s right, you guessed it,


They didn’t take any shit whatsoever!


Totally opposite to us misfits, in every way!


Their living quarters were right below the mess deck and the main ladders (stairwells) leading to their world were right around the corner from where us knuckleheads were. (2)


So they were pretty much in our face,
along with an ever present underlying danger.


The mess deck was a really fun time for us,
true, because we were retarded,
and we... made it fun!
But believe me, we were surrounded
by some scary shit man!


Anyway, I remember the first time I heard the siren sounding out. I shit myself! And then came a voice emanating out of the PA system
warning the crew that the ship
was going into General Quarters.
(Aka G.Q.)


This meant that something was wrong.
And it could’ve been anything. From a fire,
to being attacked, or even a man overboard.
And they even had G.Q. simulations,
to keep everyone on their toes.

Billy Scire in his gas mask USS Nimitz 1982/83
That's Billy in his gas mask on the mess deck. We all had one.
This was probably a drill or we were fucking around.


But, of course, no one but the captain and a few other high-ranking officers knew this. So, to everyone else on board, this could very well have be the real thing. Something dangerous
could have been going down!


And when you're floating around the middle
of the Mediterranean Sea with NO land in sight,
you do TWO things!!


One, is to ever so slightly... shit yourself.


And two was...
to do exactly what you're told to do!


When the ship went into general quarters, everyone on board went to their assigned battle stations. A muster was performed for each section, division, and squadron.


And, within minutes, everyone, and I mean everyone, was either accounted for or presumed missing. It was really unbelievable
how this actually worked!


In other words, G.Q. was just a way to keep everything and everybody on the ship, in order, during a crisis situation. Everyone was at his or her assigned station, present and accounted for. No room for panic when you’re floating around
in the middle of the ocean.


Well I remember going into G.Q. several times. Once was because a clumsy officer tripped over a chain up on the flight deck, and fell into a bomb shoot... (a funnel-like trough channel that exited the flight deck like a sliding pond for quick removal of un-exploded ordinance in an emergency) ...thus sending him overboard into the ocean during the middle of the muthafucking night.


And they actually found him, alive!
And within minutes, they knew exactly who the missing lucky muthafucka was.


Another time was because an alarm went off
in one of the ammunition magazine bays
way below in the belly of the ship.


All of the nuclear warheads were kept down there. So you couldn’t just go wandering around, like you were taking a stroll through the park. And when some dickhead did just that, and forgot to get clearance, the alarm was tripped causing the ship to go into general quarters.


Scary stuff man when you think about it.


G.Q. for us morons down on the mess deck was easy though. And get this... the moniker for the mess deck crew was S-8... for section 8!
You know, like screwballs!
You just can't make this shit up!


You see, while everyone around us was quickly running to their battle stations, we were told to just get down on the floor, and keep still.


And these orders were directed at us by those gigantic Marines, and their deadly M-16’s!


I remember one time the G.Q. alarm went off.
A bunch of us were standing right in the middle of the horizontal line of the “H”. (4)


Well, within seconds, the place was flooded with Marines. Like I said before, their birthing space was right below the mess deck, and their entrance and exit was here on the mess level. So, they were up those stairs and on you in a hurry!


Also remember, these guys work all of their lives to be in this do or die situation. That’s what they’ve been training for. So these muthafucker's were dead serious when that alarm sounded.


And when it did, and they came running outta that hole, you'd better believe that those fuckin’ M-16’s were fully loaded, with live ammunition!


So look out baby, the Marines are a comin!


To make things a little more stressful, the entrances down to the nuclear reactor and weaponry area was on the mess deck as well, right across from the Marines birthing entrance. (3)


And only 50 feet from us retards.
So, you see, this mess deck
could be a very dangerous place.


So where was I again?
Oh yeah. We were standing in the middle
of the “H”, when bang, the alarm went off,
and out came the maniacs.


We all hit the deck and started right in with the jokes. Giggling like fuckin’ five-year-olds.
(Remember now, this was 1982/83. World events weren't nearly what they are today 2014. If this was today, I'm betting that there wouldn't be not one fucking joke coming out of our stupid mouths... LoL)


The Marines all took up their positions. There was one at each end of the horizontal line.
(5a) & (5b)


Now remember, I said that no one knew if it was a drill or not. So, these guys only have time to grab their guns, some ammunition, and then they’re out the door. So, half the guys

weren’t even dressed.


Underwear, boots, bullets, and guns, were the uniform of the day. Oh yeah, and helmets. Gotta have that helmet. Your balls may get blown off, but your fat head stayed protected.

Fanatical stuff, man.


And there we were, smack dab in the middle of a hornet’s nest, (4) ... makin’ fun of the hornets. Oh, without them knowing, of course.

Ya think we’re stupid or something? LoL


Well, if you were a non-mess deck person

who just happened to be present when the alarm sounded and the lunatics were called,
you had to stop dead in your tracks,
and get the fuck outta their way.


Then like us, drop down to the floor if there was room, to emulate us cowards. There was no time for any bullshit. These guys were protecting the entrance to the nuclear portion of the ship.


You're talkin' a do or die situation here my friend. And believe me, rank didn’t mean shit when you were staring down the business end

of an M-16 rifle.


But, that day, there was one arrogant asshole officer who didn’t wanna play the game.

So, he had to be persuaded, Marine style.


It was quiet, and we were still hugging the floor in the middle of the “H”. (4) There was a Marine to our left (5a) and one to our right, (5b)
and one dickhead officer standing up
to our left not too far from us
within the middle line area. (6)


He caught the eye of the Marine at the opposite end, across the ship. The Marine yelled out to the officer for him to get down on the floor. There was no response. The asshole just ignored him.


So, the Marine yelled out again.

Only in a more forceful, firmer voice,
for the officer to get down on the floor.


The asshole looked right at the Marine, and still, remained standing. I could just hear that dickhead thinking to himself, no way am I gonna listen to some jarhead private. I’m an officer!


You’re a fuckin’ asshole Mister!


Us cowards on the floor suddenly stopped making jokes, as a thick tension began to fill the air

after the Marine’s second attempt
to ground the dickhead officer.


Then, we looked over at said Marine, and he took one step out, lowered his fully loaded, safety off, M-16 rifle directly at the asshole officer,

(-----) and yelled out……


I SAID, GET THE FUCK DOWN
ON THE FLOOR MUTHAFUCKA!


Fuck man, I felt as though I was in a movie or something. It’s not everyday you get to see a U.S. Marine, clad in underwear and boots, threatening to shoot someone. I don’t know if he scared that officer, but he had us cowards
fuckin’ trembling in our smocks! LoL


But yes, I believe the office also shit his pants. Because the very next thing he did

was to get down on the floor.


Man, it was scary being so close to shit like that. I could never be a cop, or anything similar. It would cost me a fortune in underwear alone.


The other Marine story reconfirms the you fuck with one of us, and you fuck with us all mentality these guys held onto.


Once again, we were on the mess deck and the G.Q. siren sounded. But this time, we weren’t within the horizontal line. We were walking along one of the perpendicular hallways, real close to the Marines birthing space ladder. (7)


Well, the alarm went off, and we all made like paint and became part of the wall. Seconds later, those fuckers came tearin' ass outta their hole.


Remember I said that no one knew if this was a real emergency or not. So these guys were running full speed, yelling out orders to clear a path, and more or less to get the fuck outta their way you pussy Navy boys. Us men have to come and pull your asses out of the fire again.


Yeah, so!


That’s what you’re trained to do, you fucking assholes. What, was I gonna beat some intruder up with my broom and dustpan, you dick!


Now get your asses out here, and save me,
you muthafuckers!
(Sorry, just me thinking aloud)


Well, while us smock-wearin’ pussies were makin’ like paint, their lurked a wise-ass
along the opposite wall. (8)


There’s always some asshole in the crowd

who has to do something to grab the attention. Now, I must admit, most of the time
that asshole was me!


But I knew better than to fuck with these guys

in their moment of glory.


What this guy did, who wasn't one of us mess deck guys by the way, was push a cleaning bucket into the middle of the passageway

with his foot. On purpose.


Well, I guess you know what happened next.

Of course, one of the Marines tripped over
the bucket, and tumbled to the ground.


Now under different circumstances,

us pussy-boys would’ve been the first ones laughing, but we were too afraid of getting shot
for any of that tomfoolery now.


So we didn’t say a fucking word dude.

Not so much as a smirk!


In fact, the only asshole laughing, was the asshole himself who pushed the bucket.


Now, what happened next, only took like 2 or 3 seconds. It was bing, bang, boom, really fast.


Let me see if I can write it that fast……………

and that’s what happened!


Oh, too fast?
Okay, I’ll slow it down a bit.
(C'mon, that was funny!)


Well the Marine tripped over the bucket and the asshole that did it began to laugh. Then without losing a step, the very next Marine in line while still running grabbed his fallen comrade
with one hand, and lifted him to his feet,
and they both continued on their way.


And now here comes the best part of the story. The very next gung-ho mutherfucka in line obviously saw what had gone down. So without hesitation, or thought, he just raised the butt end of his fully loaded, safety off, M-16 rifle, and blasted the asshole jokster right in the face, BAMMM!


It was beautiful!


That asshole saw stars, man. He just wilted towards the floor like a wet noodle! But, I mean this happened right in front of us in fast motion…… tripped, picked up, butt ended, bloodied face to the floor!


It was so cool!


Man, don’t fuck with them Marine boys.

They’ll getcha! They’ll getcha good!


And that douche bag deserved every one of those stitches he needed to stop the blood flow. Awesome!


But not everything was serious down there

ya know. Listen to this silliness.


We used to have a cleaning utensil room, right.

A closet really. You know, it held brooms, mops, and all that janitorial stuff. (9)


Well, there was always one person in charge of this room. He kept track of all the equipment as it came and went. It was a rule that if you needed something from the room, you had to sign for it.


C'mon, it was so stupid.

What were they gonna do to you if you
signed out a dustpan and didn’t bring it back? Maybe make you clean, even harder!


What assholes these navy people in charge were.


Anyway, the guy in charge of the room at this point was alittle whacky. He was a nice guy.

A little dopey, but overall, pretty cool.


The reason he was put in charge of the room was because he had cut his foot pretty bad. He had a big white bandage, wrapped around his big toe. It kinda looked like a huge thumb.


He couldn’t really do any work, so the powers that be put him in charge of the cleaning room. Couldn’t re-injure his foot in there, right?


Well, that is, except if he decided to piss off Tommy Mondello!


Sniff, sniff, sniff.
Is that EMI I smell coming my way?


It was an accident, man. I’m almost certain, that I didn’t mean to hurt him, just scare him a bit.


Well, what happened was that I went to the room to check something out, maybe a mop, or a broom, I don’t even remember. Dopey looked on his stupid check out sheet, and it showed

that I still had an item checked out.


I just said...


So fuckin’ what!
Gimmie the fuckin' thing will ya!
I’ll bring them both back together.


But he didn’t.


This idiot just simply refused to let me take anything out. I mean it’s not like I was checking out a gold-laced dustpan. It was just a janitorial tool, c'mon dude. Snap out of it man!


We went back ‘n forth with this bickering

for a couple minutes, and then I lost it.
I just couldn’t take it anymore.


So, I walked over to the utility shelves

and grabbed a piece of sandpaper.


I then walked back over to Dopey,

who was sitting in a chair at this point
inside the over-sized closet.


I bent down, and grabbed his battered big toe with my left hand. I then brought my right hand down, still grasping the sandpaper, within inches of that fuckin’ battered big toe of his.


I tilted my head up and looked Dopey

right in the eyes and said...


If you don’t gimmie the fuckin' shit
that I fuckin’ need,
this fuckin’ big toe
is gonna fuckin' get it
but fuckin' good.
Got it!
(Oh man, I love that word!! LoL)


Now, I don’t think I had any intentions
of actually doing it mind you,
but…… then again, maybe I did?!


That stubborn dopey bastard still refused my request. So, I ripped off the battered big toe bandage and gave that nicely healing scab a few swift rubs with the coarse sandpaper.


And you know what?


That fuckin’ battered big toe began to bleed and ooze like an erupting Mount Saint fucking Helens.


Dopey screamed out……


OUCH!
OH SHIT!
FUCK!
I CAN’T BELIEVE
YOU JUST FUCKIN’ DID THAT!


I think I felt bad, for a second!
I can’t quite remember that part though.
I just said...


Well, you should'a just gave me
what the fuck I needed,
YOU DICK!


And left the room to continue on with my duties. Oh man, sandpaper to the scabbed up big toe. Pure evil, man! It was just pure evil!


I might’ve gotten 2 spurt hours of EMI

for that move. Yeah, I’m sure I did.
Nuthin’ like a little sandpaper to the scab
to get what you want, huh?


I finally used a skill that I learned in high school, out here in the real world. How to use sandpaper, from my woodshop days! Who said

you’ll never use those high school skills!


Another funny quick one involved Billy,
that douche bag! LoL
(Wait, you'll see why I called him that)


Have you ever had someone volunteer you for something, and not even ask you first? Well, that’s just what he did. And guess what he volunteered us to do? The worst fuckin’ job that there was while working down on the mess deck, tray banging!


No, we didn’t fuck the trays, you morons.

Tray banging was the term used when you
were the losers handling the trays,
after the people finished eating.


They would walk up to the banging booth,(10) and hand you the tray. Then you would have to scrape off all of the disgusting, uneaten food from it, and stack them for the dishwasher guys to pick up.

Tray banging USS Nimitz 1982


Tray Bangers, that’s what we were called. Fucking disgusting, man. And I was one of them! Thanx Bill... LoL


It was crazy.
We stood in this little enclosed wooden booth. Kinda like a lemonade stand. But the cutout in the front, only went up to about a person’s chest. So, all we saw all day were legs walking by, handing us trays.


I wanted to kill Billy for getting me into this mess. Why the fuck would he possibly volunteer us for this ridiculous job? I’ll tell ya why!

Because he thought it would be fun!


Could ya just kill’em, or what? LoL


Fuckin’ fun. Fuck fun!


Ya know what fun is?
Getting your dick sucked, while drinking beer, and watching the Giants game! Now that’s fun!


This... not so much!


But’cha gotta lov’em though for the sheer madness he brought to the table! He was a great friend, and still is to this day!


In the beginning, it wasn’t all too bad really. We were actually having fun... so sorry Bill for yelling at you and calling you a douche bag... LoL


But, once the word spread that we were doing the tray banging, funny things began to happen.


Suddenly, there seemed to be a lot more peanut butter, eggs, and anything else that got rock-hard, and stone-like being left on those trays.


All of our so-called friends were loading their trays with all of this sticky shit to fuck with us. Now they... were douche bags!


Well, come to think of it, I would’ve done
the same thing if I were on the opposite side
of the booth!


Actually, as it turned out, we did have a lott'a fun. Damn it, I hate when someone else is right! That usually means that I was, that I was, c'mon I can’t even say it!


Wrong!
Okay, there, I said it! Fuck!


I remember we even put a tip cup out on the ledge, and we began fighting back as well. We’d reach out of the opening in the booth with our corroded, food-covered rubber gloves,
and tried to grab anyone who left us
with globs of peanut butter.


I don’t think we made any money in our tip cup though. Just maybe some left over pieces of food, and a few bottle caps. Them cheap bastards! I can’t believe I was a tray banger! Thanks Bill!


Okay, this last one is pretty funny.
Well okay, it was stupid as well.
But still funny!
This one is for you gamblers out there.
Especially you dice players.


And, take a guess who was involved
in this caper with me?


That’s right,
the volunteer tray banger himself,
Billy.


The plan was conceived while hangin’ out in the mess lounge. This was a decent sized movie theatre with rows of seats, and a big screen.
It was the place where us mess deck
pussy-boys hungout during our breaks. (11)


And, as far as I can remember, the only movie that I ever saw playing in that shit hole was AC/DC’s, Let there be Rock.


A classic rock 'n roll movie for sure, but twenty-four hours a day. Gimmie a break, will ya!
How about some fuckin' James Bond
or something huh!


Anyway, we were lookin’ for a way to get some time off. So we approached that large penis petty officer in charge with a deal. You remember him right... 2 hours spurt spurt... EMI!


And the deal was that if we, both Billy and myself, showed up to muster that next morning as a7, that we could have the day off.


That was seven, as in the number 7.


Well, he reluctantly agreed with the deal, even though he thought it would never happen. And also because he had absolutely no idea
what the hell we were talking about.


What’ta ya mean show up as a 7?


I think he just agreed with our nutty idea to get the fuck away from us. But little did he know that the fix was already in, ‘cause the dice my friend, were loaded!


Now just listen to how retarded we were. It must have been the sea air or something.


We each took out a clean, well semi-clean white, well semi-white T-shirt. Then using a red magic marker colored in dots on the T-shirts,
that resembled a pair of dice.


We had numbers on both the front and back of the shirt. While coloring in the dots, we made certain that I had a four on my chest, and Billy had a three on his back. Hey, that equals seven!


The next morning, it was time to muster. Now when the mess crew mustered, they did it at one end of the horizontal line of the “H”. (12)
We all remember the “H”, right?


Well, sure enough, just like every other morning muster, the crew was all lined up. A few of the big-wigs of the division were also present standing off to the side. (13) They usually graced us with their presence in the morning. Then, we never saw them the whole rest of the day.
Thank goodness!


Okay, the time had come. It was do or die. Put up or shut up. We walked towards the horizontal “H” line on the opposite side of the ship from where the muster was being held. (14)


Then, as we got about fifteen feet to the horizontal line, we began running at full speed.
We were chuggin’ steam when we hit the line. Then turned left once we hit said line and were now running directly towards the muster. (<<<<)


Then we began yelling and screaming our heads off like mad men who had just escaped the mental ward. Everyone was startled, turned and looked up to check out the commotion that was interrupting their precious muster.



You should’ve seen their faces, man.

It was Beautiful!


Well, we got to within about twenty feet of the muster, when we both just hit the floor,

and began rolling. (15)


We were indeed, tumbling dice!



Stares of disbelief looked on, comrades cheered, and one large penis was getting prepared

to spurt out EMI at any second!


Just total chaos erupted!



We were like two semi-round bowling balls on a desperate tenth frame toss, seeking out pins to destroy. And that’s exactly what we did!



We rolled right into the middle of the muster

with a perfect strike, sending the pins
scurrying for safety.


Then, Billy came to a stop on his stomach, displaying the 3 dots on his back. I continued rolling another couple feet then came to somewhat of a stop, teetering on my side.



Yelling out...



Oh my god!
What way is it gonna fall?
Could it be?
Could it be?


And then, I flopped down on my back
revealing the 4 dots on my chest.


Yes it is…… SEVEN!
It’s a Fuckin’ seven, baby!


We were a hit, yet again!


We had actually showed up to muster as the number seven! Man, were we good, or what?

Or just retarded!?


But, Penis boy didn’t think that our antics were so funny. Neither did the big shots! They were just standing there, with their eyes bugged out, and jaws dropped in disbelief.



But hey, fuck’em all. We really wanted that day off! And if it meant rolling on the floor in a numbered T-shirt, then so be it!



But even after that great performance we gave, that scumbag didn’t even have the balls to pay up and give us the day off as promised.

Could you believe it?


We should’ve gotten the whole fuckin’ week off for that stunt! He was truly a dick

of monumental proportion!


Spurt spurt…… 2 hours!!





Okay, enough of this mess deck daze crap.
I’m gettin’ fuckin’ dizzy already!






Billy Scire & Tommy Mondello post navy still hangin' circa 1986-87