Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Marine Corp Ball

Saturday evening we attended the Marine Corp Ball. It was held at our local Ranchera's Casino and Resort. Over 300 in attendance.

Everyone all dressed to the nines - (the Old English saying “dressed to the eyes,” which, because Old English was weird, was written as “dressed to then eyne.” The thinking goes that someone at some point heard “then eyne” and mistook it for “the nine” or “the nines.”)

Many good-looking young men.

I checked out what the other women were wearing who was in my age group - OLD. Heck, I could have dressed in more comfort if I had listened to my gut. My feet were killing me; even when I sat, they throbbed. No dancing for me which was a bummer since I do enjoy dancing. Heck, just walking across the busy dining room to the restrooms, was an effort. Then I come home to find, that I still had crumbled up paper in both toes of my shoes - really crammed in there and I obviously didn't notice. No wonder my toes were cramping!

Sorry, no pictures.

Earlier in the day, I had my hair done in a nice french braid. That looked nice, and the gal only charged me $10. What a deal.

The men at this event - young and old, very proud and at every table, they are talking about their service. Not the nitty gritty though - you never hear them talk about that. Just the funny stuff. Like boot camp, and bar fights. These days, it's not just the guys - so many young women and old women who are Marines. We have this one lady Marine at the Veterans Home, who is 103.

The food was okay - you really don't go for the food. You go for that special comrade. Only a few, understand the jokes and the commitment.

My husband is NOT a Marine and had to affectionately endue the jokes from the Marines, and other branches that were there, regarding the Navy and Coast Guard. Puddle Pirates which then someone yells back, "Muscle Always Required, Intelligence Not Essential". Then it starts -
"ravenous crayon eaters" and "window lickers". I don't get it either! Then there is the “Chair Force.” Overall, Air Force related jokes center around how they are prima donnas. The "Never Again Volunteer Yourself" is one acronym sailors use, or Squids. My husband mentioned he served on 2 cutters and 2 icebreakers and the Marine says, "“Awww the Coast Guard does have cute Cutters."

Deep down they all care for one another. And only within the services can joke like that.

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