FRASER 65 DIVISION AT H.M.C.S. CORNWALLIS NEAR DIGBY NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA...DECEMBER 1965 (click picks to enlarge)
Turned out to be another hot & humid cooker of a day. Half an hour this morning with my grass trimmer & another half our trimming & tying up shrubs & that was it for me. Strapped myself into my recliner, cranked up the A/C, clicked our 3 blade fan into high gear & hung on to the arms of my chair for the rest of the day.
Tonight's photos are a bit of a walk down memory lane for me. Boot Camp 1965. In the top photo of all the guys you can find me just left of center & down a bit & kneeling. I put a dot on my helmet & one on the guy to my right. His name is 'Oily' & I will tell you about him a little further on:))
THAT'S ME ON THE TOP....OUT OF THE 8 GUYS IN THIS PIC I CAN REMEMBER 6 OF THEIR NAMES...JOHNSON, SCOTTY, McFADDEN, WONG, MIDDLETON, CURRY
Seems I sure did shorten up the summer in my post Sunday night. Instead of typing in the 'beginning' of August I typed in the 'end' of August. Amazing how time fly flies when your anxiously awaiting an RV departure date. I have since corrected the typing error. Also in yesterday's post I mentioned about reading blogs for 3 or 4 hours each day. I should have mentioned I also spend a good chunk of that time writing my own blog going back & forth copying links, etc.
We are in an active search now for our next & newest best member of the Bayfield Bunch. My post a few weeks ago entitled, OH HOW I MISS THE BEST PALS I HAVEN'T MET YET opened the door for us to begin talking about & then begin doing something about finding another best Pal. That was back on July 18th & Kelly has found a number of area sites on the internet from pet rescue places to private owners.
ME & MY BEST BUDDY, 'PORKY BOYLE'.... I HEARD THAT PORKY DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE UP IN ELLIOT LAKE ONTARIO MANY YEARS AGO.....
It is important to find a dog that will be compatible with the Motormouse so that basically rules out a rambunctious young poopy puppy. We are thinking at least 1 to 4 years old, not too big & not too small. Preferably a rescue dog that we can make a loving home for. A Pal in need of some TLC.
YEP, AND I EVEN HAD A GIRL BACK HOME IN MY OLD HOMETOWN TO WRITE TO TOO ............ (HEY GARY B, I THINK YOU KNOW THAT GIRL:))
Each day Kelly checks the area sites & we look at the photos & read the dog histories. I find it difficult looking at the dog photos because I feel so sorry for each & every one & want to bring them all home & make them feel wanted & loved. I think there has always been something within me that connects with the feelings of all those poor homeless animals. We saw a 4 year old black & white border collie that caught our eye last week but found out this morning through an email that a home was found for her on Sunday. We called about a year & half old Lab but the call hasn't been returned so the Lab is probably gone. Kelly kind of fancies an Australian Sheepdog. I will just love whoever we find:)) Our search continues:))
I'M AT RIGHT REAR CENTER...OTHER GUYS ARE ROYSTON, SLATER , JOHNSON & McFADDEN IN THE HORIZONTAL POSITION
I bought my first camera nearly 46 years ago & I think it might have been a Hanimex. I do know it was a 35mm & I know exactly where I was when I bought it. It was the fall of 1965 & I was in Naval boot camp at H.M.C.S. Cornwallis near Digby, Nova Scotia. I bought my camera at a commercial store on the base. No idea what it cost but I do know the cheapest film I could buy on the base at the time was black & white. I can't remember what possessed me to buy the camera because I don't have any recollection of a photography interest any time before that.
When I now look at my photo album from those days I see a lot of young familiar faces that once made up our Fraser 65 Division. We were 63 energetic guys with a lot of kibitzing & shenanigans up our sleeves. I turned 21 while in Boot Camp & was the third oldest guy in the Division. We were a lot of friends & best buddies for those 4 months we all trained hard together.
OUR TAKE ON THE 'BEATLES' WITH ME ON THE RIGHT...AND WHERE DID WE GET OUR MOP TOPS? WELL, THEY ARE REAL MOPS PROPPED UP ON OUR HEADS FROM BEHIND
I was everywhere with that camera taking photos of all the guys & our every day barracks life. One night about midnight I was startled awake by one of the guys telling me to grab my camera because they were 'going to get Oily!!' Oily was the name given to one of the guys from Vancouver who would never take a shower. Nice enough fella & all that but for some reason he wouldn't pile into the showers every morning like the rest of us. So, one night about half a dozen guys got together, grabbed Oily out of his bed & dragged him kicking across the darkened barracks floor round the corner & into the showers. And, that's where I came in with my camera.
Below is the one photo I took that I felt was kind of acceptable to put into the post tonight. Yes, you will see some buns but that is about it. You will notice the fella on the right holding a brush. That is what we called a 'Pusser Brush' & was used for general cleaning purposes. Three of the guys had these brushes & when they soaped up Oily those guys went to work on him with the Pusser brushes. There was a lot of hooting, hollering & howling mixed with a bunch of commotion in the shower but the 'barracks watch guy' that night was in on it so no alarm was raised. The outcome of 'Oily's Midnight Scrub' was that he became the first fella to hit the water every morning thereafter:)) I often wonder whatever became of old Oily. Last I heard of him about 44 years ago he was a Stoker on one our East Coast Destroyers.
SCRUBBING UP OILY IN THE SHOWER
When we all finished basic training just before Christmas, our tight knit Fraser 65 division split up with the guys scattering all across Canada to various bases & further training courses. We all said our good-byes on the last day in camp & the only guy I ever saw again was Porky Boyle. Two days after leaving boot camp I was in Miami Beach on my first official leave. But, that's another whole story:))
THE LAST PARAGRAPH: I had to really think about putting that photo in of 'Oily's Scrub' because in this day & age one just never knows who one is going to offend with whatever, whenever. Oh well....................
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A guy was telling about this girl Sue who disguised herself as a man and joined the Navy. "But, wait a minute," said his friend, "She'll have to dress with the boys and shower with them, too, won't she?" "Sure," replied the guy. "Well, won't they find out?" The guy shrugged. "Who's gonna tell?"
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Too funny! I would have bet the farm there were no pictures of naked guys~ just a ploy to get readers like me to see what was really here. Ha! You fooled me.ReplyDelete
Great that you have so many great pictures that spark such good memories. Looks like you have been looking through the lens for quick a while so its no wonder you take such great photos!
Loooks like a good trip down memory lane...too cool! i was surprised to see the naked photo, I too thought is was a ploy to entice reading...oh well!!ReplyDelete
You've really been taking photos for a long time, i think you have about perfected the art.
Thanks for sharing your trip back.
that's pretty funny, some nice buns there. I am so happy you are looking for another pal, hope you find him or her soon.ReplyDelete
nakid buns and all!..great post and nice trip down memory lane!!ReplyDelete
good luck with the 'bunch hunt'!..you will find the one..just need to be in the right place at the right time..
love reading about your memories, Al. So glad you are looking for a new pal as well. It's fun to get back on the internet for a bit and catch up on blogs while we are in Tok for the night. Been offline a lot lately. But it's worth it for sureReplyDelete
I am so glad to hear that you're going to get another furkid. I kind of knew you would. When you love them as much as we do, you just need to have them around.ReplyDelete
Since we lost Maggie, we've been kind of tossing the idea around ourselves. I really do believe that Jackson misses her even though they certainly weren't the best of buddies. We'll see.
Wow, just look at those tight, firm buns! Now, they have all gone south! Ain't gettin older the bestest thing in da world? NOT!ReplyDelete
I was able to find you in every picture without looking at your directions....
Good looking buns! Candy for the old ladies eyes!ReplyDelete
Somewhere there is one very lucky dog just waiting for you.
ROFL! That is really very funny. Too bad our buns have to get stale with age!ReplyDelete
Glad to hear you are looking for another fur kid. I think Aussies are my very favorite breed - if I were ever to have a pure bred dog, that would have been my choice (in the mini size). I know you will choose the one that needs your love the most and she/he will be a wonderful addition to your family.
I was in U.S.Army basic training in 1964 at Ft. Ord, California. I too had a camera with me and took a lot of black and white photos. Sold some from time to time to the other guys.ReplyDelete
After leave over Christmas, went to advanced training at Ft. Bliss, Texas in El Paso. They had the highest curbs on base that I had ever seen, and then it rained like crazy, and I could see why!! The streets looked like rivers.
Not a lot of fun training for Viet Nam back in those days. We did have a lot of fun in our off hours. One kid from Los Angeles taught us how to race peanuts with our noses up and down the barracks floor! That was after we polished the floor by dragging guys around on blankets, since the electric buffer was always downstairs.
One thing I remember about the kid was his name, and the fact that he said his high school wasn't very good at football, but they never lost an after game fight!!!
Thanks for sharing some of your memories, Al.
What went on in Fraser 65 apparently didn't stay there...tee hee....Too bad you didn't know how to have a good time...I was pleasantly surprised to see you loosen up and "get down"..Al, you are officially dubbed a "closet" party animal in my book...Yea!!!!ReplyDelete
Nice butts Al!! Glad to hear you guys are getting another family member, we will look forward to meeting him/her this winter!ReplyDelete
Three isn't much of a bunch, so I'm glad you'll be bunching up. :)ReplyDelete
Nice stroll down memory lane for you... and NICE eye candy for your female readers... boy those were some nice, tight looking butts!ReplyDelete
Al & Kelly,ReplyDelete
You are thinking of going to the 4 Corners area, it is not far from there to Kanab, UT where Best Friends is located.
I don't know it adopting a dog in the US and then taking it back to Canada would add more problems or not. However, let Kelly take a look at some of these Australian Cattle Dogs (Sheep Dogs) http://adoptions.bestfriends.org/default.aspx?Ns=P_DateAdded&N=4294967193+4294967159&Ne=2
She may then convince you that a stop in Kanab is on the schedule.
I too have been looking at Best Friends but keep changing my mind back and forth about getting a dog, getting an Australian Cattle Dog, getting a Bodrer Collie, getting a Staffordshire yada, yaha, yada.
Thanks for a fun post -- different kind of scenery to enjoy!! LOL!! and good luck with your search for a new pal for Motormouse -- any doggie will be lucky to join your "bunch". MarthamultsReplyDelete
Ain't nuthin' wrong about naked bun pictures. Now you gotta allow equal time for the fairer sex! Double dare ya! Oh, I know, you'd never do that to a lady! Your lady would crown you with your biggest camera!ReplyDelete
After looking at the last photo, I had to say "Be still, my heart!" Nice.ReplyDelete
Al/Kelly...when we lost our lab "Boomer" in 2008 in Denver,CO we were immediately looking to take a rescue dog from the local pound. We were met with the most ridiculous rule: Despite the pound was full of dogs and they were running out of space, they do not give a dog to people who travel(non-locals) and to people who do not have a fenced yard. Until this day we have met this rule again and again wherever we inquired. And we do not think that a dog fenced 10hrs. a day in a back yard has a better life than our dog who is 24/7 together with us. I hope you will find a nice pal again BEFORE you go south. Life is so much better with them.ReplyDelete
Looks to me like you had a lot of fun in your younger days Al!ReplyDelete
Good luck on finding a new four legged friend!
Wow Al...Kelly is one lucky lady, you handsome devil you!ReplyDelete