I posted a similar thread at mp.net about three years ago.. I'm cleaning up the stories a bit..spelling wise and punctuation. I don't use bad language so you won't find any. Gather around mates! I'm here to astound you with sea stories from yesteryear. I wus in da' real Navy. From AUG 1971- AUG 1991. No women on board ships. No NWU(BDUs)..We had white hats,dungrees, crap games, smokers(boxing), beards, SOS for breakfast..aarrvvv you hadda be a real man to eat that nasty crap. And we gottta a square needle in our left nut in boot camp. Just kiddin'..We worked, fought and played hard. The first 11 years of my service I was an Avaition Ordananceman(AO). I was then forced to change my rate to Aircrew Survival Equipmentman(PR) because my eyesight was no longer acceptable to be an AO. I'm going to be posting some sea stories from my on itty bitty brain. The stories are as accurate as I can remember them. Some are somewhat.. shall I say embellished. All members feel free to make comments.... I posted this sea story below a few years back in a yahoo group. I was in "Big Lots" looking at this cheap scanner they have. When I saw that they had Pabst Blue Ribbon beer(PBR) on sale that brought me back to 1972-73 when I was on the JFK CVA-67. I worked with a guy named John Steven Kojowski.Yes he was Polish. He looked EXACTLY like Rob Riener on "All in the family". You know"Meat head". He was affectionately know as "Skyboy". Skyboy liked beer. Actually he loved beer. Skyboy loved PBR. Not because of the taste but the price.It was only .76¢ a friggin' six pack in the Navy exchange. Well old Skyboy loved beer so much that he would sneak PBR on the ship when we were in Norfolk in preparation for at sea periods. This was no small task because you could not bring any food or drink on the JFK in those days. All packages were usually checked. He probably used the side cleaners or mess cooks to get the brew on the ship. Anyway every morning Skyboy would enjoy a beer in his rack.When he was finished he would go up to #1 elevator well and throw the empty over board. No I don't know all of the details ..I just know he did it and never got caught in his short two year stint on the JFK.. One more Skyboy story. The cruise the JFK made in '71 & '72 started on 1 December 1971 It ended 6 October 1972. That's right. 10 months and six days. I made 6½ months of the cruise. Anyway when we got back to Norfolk Skyboy went to the long term parking got his car out. Drank some PBR, got the munchies, started to rummage through his car for leftover snacks..lo and behold he found some year old Twinkies. Yep..he ate 'em!