It’s been a while since I last fielded any questions so I went through my electronic mail bag.
Ally asks: “What are some fun things to do with parachute cord? This 78 year old retired codger has been telling me a few things from back in the day. A few are pranks presumably played by others since he says he was a straight arrow type…”
Marines do a surprisingly diverse amount of stupid things to each other in the name of fun. Much of the time it’s tried and true methods such as sending young PFCs all over creation looking for 50ft of flight line, ID10T forms, a BA-1100 November, or a box of grid squares. It just doesn’t get old.
Ally’s question reminds me of my first deployment to Okinawa. We lived in squad bays back then (still the best way for infantry platoons to billet in my humble opinion). At the time we thought our squad bay had to be the coolest place on earth. It had a vending machine which dispensed beer. Turned out this was fairly common in Japan but it was a novelty to us. It served as our emergency stash in the event of a typhoon.
At any rate, one night my platoon decided it would be a brilliant idea to lash our three beer drunk to the top bunk of his rack with 550 cord (parachute cord). He usually paid a terrible price for passing out so early on us. One evening prior to our deployment he had arranged a date for himself. Due to his poor planning he pushed his three beer threshold during the Company BBQ at the beach. As he slept if off in the afternoon I shaved his head with clippers. Really, I was probably doing his date a favor.
So, 550 cord, we used so much on him he was virtually paralyzed.
In the morning we awoke hearing his pitiful cries to the apparently deaf Marine posted on duty as fire watch. Have you ever watched the 1958 version of The Fly? It was kind of like that.
“Firewatch! Firewaaaaaaaaaaaaatch!” he whined struggling helplessly. “I have to PEEEEEEEEEEE!”
If that’s not fun I don’t know what is.
P.S. As a reminder to everyone, if you have any questions for me please click on the ASK link to the right or click here. No one has been sending me any inquiries for quite some time. It’s a good think I don’t have any feelings to hurt.