Sat, 17 May 1997 10:03:38 -0600
I was warned... to many deep thoughts would plug up the passages in
adolescent brains and thus render them numb. This never happens to
mature adults! What never? No never! What never? Well.....hardly
eve ah!!! This is also closely akin to the same type of seizure that
would occur if you were caught jammed in a phone booth with your latest
heart throb while the whole school watched! ( and took pictures for the
yearbook) Enough of this!
Here are the official "rules" for the poetic log entry for that lonely
mid watch of 31 December 1997.
1) It must be at least ( here I CHANGE the rules) 8 not 10 verses or
stanza. Why change?, Sigh..it's the overload factor again.
2) It must include, Your ships name and number, home port, what watch
section has the watch, who is writing the log(at the end.), the date,
the time (local and GMT), and weather.
3) If your ship is moored it must include, How its moored (port or
starboard), what mooring lines are being used, What lights are burning,
and what's going on in the engine room.
4) If your ship is under way it must include, course, speed, DR
position, what lights are burning, engines on the line, sails that or
set, your tack if sailing and sea conditions.
The rest is up to you. Use your imagination, dream, tell a story.
So far we have the following contestants:
>From the far Northwest wearing purple trunks, carrying a neatly pressed
Tux and a very impressive amount of Chaucer is Victor Phipps for SES 601
"City of Roses"
>From Houston,Texas, wearing a delightful frock from the Bill Blass "New
World collection" and pondering her newest copy of Willie Webster's
Compact Rhyming Dictionary is none other than Cynthia Johnson for SES
>From the Louisiana Swamp and the land of the Pearl River wearing a
fashion number newly acquired from the famous New Orleans "Riverwalk"
and frantically searching for her copy of "Joyce Kilmer's best" or
"Words of Wisdom " by James Joyce is none other than the magnificent yet
coy Boss of Ship 1... Alicia McConnell.
>From the land of the Great Lakes, a Trio of lovelies wearing their newly
acquired Chicago spring designer snow suits suitable for dining, dancing
, hiking, ice boating and reciting Longfellow all at once are Katie, Jen
and MaryLisa representing SSS Gail and Gloria Gartz.
>From the land down under, although still contemplating the seriousness
of this challenging adventure, wearing a bush hat autographed by
Crocodile Dundee and frantically searching the "Outback" for a "Joey "
to translate his personal copy of Shakespear's complete works is none
other Derek Garrett and his merry band of Sea Scouts from Perth
Austrailia. I fear that Mark McCormik has escaped from the outback.
Leaving with an evil snigger, he was heard to say "Thus does conscience
make cowards of us all".
>From the Northeast, thawing out from the fridged winter in Strafford
CT. we have an unnamed challenger, thus this persons attire is somewhat
blurred as he represents SSS 101 Viking but bewear!!! I received (in
confidence) a sample of there work. Here is the first verse which is
to be read with a little "Pinafore-ish" lilt.
Oh, I am the cook and the Skipper bold,
and the mate of a sloop gaff rig,
and a bo'sun tight and a yoeman bright,
and Sea Scout crew quite big.
As you can see, this group bears watching!
Best get busy as the New Year shall be here before you know it!!!!
I trust I have not left out any challengers/ contestants, please let me
know if I have.
Sadly the following have not been heard from. Perhaps they suffer from
the phone booth syndrome mentioned above, then again their fingers may
have fallen off, or there computer/typewriter is up at 10,000 feet and
backspacing at mach 7...whatever...
SES Sea Devil
SSS 243 M/V Seahorse
SES 301 Where is the typist for the Griffon??? Backspacing still???
Second Johor Bahru Sea Scout Group, Malaysia. You must help usdo
SES 5095, How's the weather in Hono?
Our friends in Slovakia, Sorry my computer at your address.
ALL OF CANADA! I cannot believe there's not a poetic SES soul in
Vancouver and all of Quebec has no french connection. Why that would
be like having red beans with no rice in New Orleans, can't be done!!!
ALL OF THE UK!! Hey, I know you guys are mad at us for putting you on
our "jam your e-mail list" without the permission of Parliament but cut
us some slack. Were sorry and we really do love you guys, IF you'll
write us a poem, that is..... OK ? Now be nice.
To all this there is some relief.... I am being carried away to a far
corner of yankee land to attend a wedding. This cruise will take about 3
weeks and you shall have peace.
J.R.Erickson, Skipper Ship 1, Slidell, LA