I smoked a big fatty on the Brooklyn to Manhattan ferry one day while contemplating what I should do about my impending draft notice.<quoted text>
I donít blame you for that, the army was a meat grinder in those days
Vietnam was still on, but winding down when I joined. I was dissatisfied with my life and the direction it was going, friends either in jail or heading in that direction. Wanted to change things, didnít think I would handle the army or marines well, thought about the Air Force and Navy, almost joined the Coast Guard on a whim. Had not put a lot of thought into it at the time, I was pretty young.
Ended up being quite an adventure, 2 years on an Ice Breaker, USCGC Burton Island.
but it did do what I intended it to, turned my life around.
SAR missions? You would have fit right in, a lot of Coast guard missions are SAR
Enjoying a fine buzz while cruising along on the big ferry, the Navy and the sea struck my fancy. Signed up the next day. Went to Great Lakes boot camp ("Great Mistakes") from November through February. Brrrrrr!
Yes indeed. Turned my life around too. Still a little hungover.