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Some traditions just have to go

As I sit here putting polish on the shoes that go with my whites [uniforms], I wonder what idiot ever thought it was a good idea for senior sailors to wear white shoes. I mean, really. If you're on a ship, white sucks. If you're off a ship, white sucks. Grass stains them, nonskid gouges them, and anything, but anything leaves a mark. I don't care if Lackey's Heralds always wore white. By the time I read those books, I was several years into the Navy and thought, "Yeah, right."

I think the white uniforms are on the chopping block. While a ship certainly looks spiff pulling into port with the sun gleaming on ranks of white-clad sailors, let's be realistic. White attracts dirt. Lots of dirt. And as an old friend will attest, one should never overindulge in red wine when wearing whites. (Sensible me chose the white. And a bit less of it than he did.)

But 'nuff said. While they are testing new uniforms right now, they won't make the changes before I am done with my twenty [years]. Time for a new coat of polish.


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Mar. 16th, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)
And Lackey's Heralds rode horses. That doesn't really go with white either, or even pale.
Mar. 16th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
Lackey's Heralds white uniforms surely involved some form of magic. (Not that I can remember one way or another. But really. It must be true.)
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