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Plans, why do we bother, as they are doomed to fail, and It’s not like we have to be somewhere on time anyway.

Example (1): Just before Christmas (Am I allowed to say Christmas?) I went to Olongapo City to make a deposit at my bank and take my Wife to the Night Market. I parked by OG’s Point Bar on Fender St. and go in for lunch. Bad idea! It was like old home week and the beers were flying, everybody I knew was there, I tried to leave twice and failed.

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Remember the original plan, Lunch, Bank and the Night Market? I tell my wife at 3:15PM (or 1515) lets go to the bank, and was informed we missed the 3:00PM (1500) closing. Hey I tried! Then I ask about the Night Market, and was informed that due to the amount of bottled SMB’s I had consumed, that it was wiser to go home. I opted to stay at OG’s and finish what I started! How did I justify that? It was a new plan!

Example (2): While sailing with MSC (Military Sealift Command, Navy owned ships crewed by Merchant Seaman) the buzzword was “flexible”, we would man up for UNREP (underway replenishment) and then be informed of an hour delay. I’m on the clock with overtime, and the coffee is hot, and I’m flexible. The second hour of delay, we are advised now to remain “fluid”.  One hour later the Cargo Mate walks up and uses the “fluid” buzzword again. I smiled and told him that with the overtime I’m getting, I’ll stay “gaseous” because they just made fresh coffee up in the galley.

Example (3): My good buddy had a great plan, or so he thought. He flew into the Philippines on a Friday, visited a “friend” in another town for the weekend, went back to Manila on Monday, called his wife and requested she pick him up at the airport. Foolproof! One would think. Not unless he forget what he had done, and three weeks later hands his wife the passport and asks her to extend his visa down at the immigration office in Olongapo.

The moral is, “Scheme don’t plan, and deceit prior to disaster!” Or never give your wife your passport!  He did choose to live here, and almost died here!

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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BOB G
BOB G
11 years ago

Sounds like the one guy almost got a Filipino haircut or did he?

Paul
Paul
11 years ago

Hi Paul – Gee, if I’d had gotten overtime, I would have taken a SERP.
(Senior Enlisted Rest Period). 😉

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Paul;
S.E.R.P.? (LOL) I retired in Jan. 1986, I guess I missed the “Warm & fuzzy Navy”, I had trouble taking leave as I was told that I’m too valuable (little did they know) and had to sell the leave back.
Ah, but Military Sealift Command, they made us work 4 months, filled our pockets full of money, then made us take a month or two off. (You can’t spend much money on the ship.) Paul, do you remember the four standard reasons for a day off?

Tommy
11 years ago

LOL you ole retiree’s are a gas, wait i am ummm well nevamind. I make an agenda Paul, sometimes it gets done, sometime not 😉

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Tommy;
You are so right; we could say that’s a plan, using procrastination as a way of life. Put off until tomorrow, what you’re not in the mood to do today. We’ve earned that right, don’t you think?

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