On Facebook last week I posted this:
It was a clear morning in 1995 my ship had just left Hong Kong two days before, and today we were heading into Manila Bay. I stopped by the galley to get a coffee and went to my sea and anchor detail on the ship’s bridge. I said hello to the Chief Mate and the ship’s Master and went out on the port wing. I could see the 1st buoy and the distant lights of Manila. My mood was good as my wife was coming up from Bataan to visit as the ship only had a two day port call.
Wade (Chief Mate) came out on the wing and we were looking at the city skyline with the sun rising behind it .I said; “Wade is it legal for me to take two 55 gallon drums of water out of Manila Bay when we sail?” He asked; “Paul why would you want that, are you studying pollution in Asian Harbors?” “Naw mate, I was getting coffee on the galley deck when I noticed that not a single Filipino crew member had any gray hair, it was all jet black again, and I thought it must be the magical powers in the water of Manila Bay”. I plan on bottling and selling it.
He took off laughing to tell the Ship’s Master what I said. But he did comeback with another cup of coffee for me.
We had a nice visit in Manila and three days later we were in Kota Kinabalu on the Island of Borneo .It was a tough life, but I struggled through.
It seemed harmless enough and it’s 100% true. I posted this on a Philippine Veterans site here in the Philippines and then skulking out of the internet sewer crept this troll who read my post with no comprehension then proceeded to informed me that both Olongapo City and Angeles City were cesspools of vice and Hoochie bars but he lived in Tagaytay which was a bastion of all that holy and pure. So I must assume that all those KTV Bars up there along the road the last time I was there were only for Christian fellowship.
I went back to my post to see what I wrote about Angles City Olongapo City or Tagaytay for that matter that fired the man up and found nothing I did Mention Manila, but then I remembered that there are people that yearn to find offence in anything you might say. Needless to say I lashed out and cut him to the quick for displaying his limitless ignorance in a public forum. I strongly feel that ignorance can’t be cured but it damn sure can be pointed out. Which I must say, I did with extreme malice and forethought.
But the point is it was not the first time I’d heard that tripe, spewing from the mouth of the uniformed. What city on Earth with a population of 25,000 can you name that vice does not exist? Remember I’ve been to a lot of them and know it’s there. Once in Rome 500 meters from the border of Vatican City, Barry Chester Stickles and I were in a bar that provided ladies of the night. It is part of the world whether you like it or not. (Except where that guy lives) But I promise it’s less than a few miles drive away.
Normally I tend to remain on a positive note whether it is LiP or Facebook, but when the Political Police rear their ugly head its Katie Bar the Door and a Donny-Brook will be forth coming from me. (I’m, from Boston and we do talk that way.)
On Facebook I once used the word “Handicapped” and was swiftly informed that the proper (PC) term is “Person’s With a Disability” Which I quickly pointed out that instead of attacking me they should go after their local municipality and have all those Handicapped Access and Parking signs swiftly changed to the new PC term. Nothing happened.
So in conclusion if any PC Police (Originally called Hall Monitors in school) were offended by this post, please know that that was my intention. Get over yourself. I wrote before about the foreigner, expats and others who are importing their PC beliefs to the Philippines, all I ask is that they please check with a Filipino citizen first and see if they want that crap in their country. As that would really be the PC thing to do. (Rant Concluded I’ll drink one SMB and chill)