Thursday, June 22, 2006

Trying to Explain Why Submariners...

…can be so caustic.

As some of you might have noticed, I reveled in a wee bit of intra-Navy squabbling on the MilBlogs site.  Apparently I ruffled a few feathers, so I have attempted to explain submarine humor.  However, I *know* my explanation is lacking.  A little help, shipmates?  Please tell me what I missed.

3 Comments:

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Lubber's Line said...

Damn, you O Gangers are just too “touchy feely” for me…. “PING” ;)

I did enjoy the squabbling part.

Team trainer recap: Bubbles puts some noise in the water and gets a STG (su) to turn towards and go active. Chap joins in takes a few shots and leaves. PBS plays aggressor and shoots a water slug. Standing on the beach the ground pounders come in at the last moment and comment “what’s all that froth and foam out there on the ocean?”

How about that comment "Dolphin Aristocracy???" Sounds Greek to me, sort of like young Athenian citizens leading armies from the front line with their swords up, not very stealthy if you ask me.

Humor provides a little positive buoyancy when the conversation gets a little too deep. Of course some have a tendency to stay shallow. Skimmers!

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger bothenook said...

we had a saying on the shipyard, where most of the test engineers were ex submariners:
"Nukes have raise sarcasm to the level of a performing art"

 
At 4:50 AM, Blogger SonarMan said...

You did a fine job explaining away all our secrets and the mystery of submarines to the nonqualified.

That's OK, I think we've all done it a time or two. It does no good. No mater how eruditely you explain it to them, they'll never understand. I was trying to explain this to an anti-military NYC liberal uppercrust artsy-fartsy woman (she was a hotty, too! drunk off her ass!)I met one time why we do this to each other on submarines. She explained that her friend was an AF bomber pilot, and her job was just as stressful as mine, and didn't see why it was necessary. I replied that you can't eject from a submarine. I got a blank stare and then she changed the subject.

Some people you just can't reach, my Brother.

 

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