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None Better Since

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

T-shirts slogans were the first tweets. Each of us has a favorite and an anti-favorite that we saw somewhere along the line. I limit my own shirts-with-a-message to working in the garage or as the bottom layer when I fish on a cold morning.

In general, well, categorically, I choose innocuous funnies, like

What’s the difference between an old fisherman and a liar?”

There’s a difference?”

And, I’m often amused by shirt tweets that I see in my travels. Currently, I’d nominate Palo Alto and Mountain View, California, as the richest vein of smart, funny t-shirts, many with just a visual joke and no words at all. Those game-makers are clever and often delightfully naughty folks.

But, all that said, I’ve never seen a better t-shirt than the one many years ago in San Diego. It was the first pay day after I’d reported in at the Naval Station on 32nd Street. Direct Deposit hadn’t been invented yet, so young sailors like me, living from $143 monthly check to $143 monthly check, went straight to the bank branch on base during our lunch break if we could. The line wound around inside the small building and then across the front and down the side. Chiefs and Officers had their own, short line of course.

But, there was a big plus to that long line. One of the tellers was a pretty young black gal with a cheerful disposition, a cute pixie haircut and a mega-watt smile. She was good at her job, probably working twice as fast as any of the three other young tellers (they were all gals back then, usually sailor’s wives making very little, but often twice or three times the pay of their husbands). She was also tall and very shapely.

The big plus was that on pay days, she wore this great t-shirt. That’s where the value of the long line came in, because you had to walk in a 180 degree arc to read it all. From the front, it only read:

)  U  N  I

a b l y   D e l i

Sailors are used to long lines and usually keep the grumbling to a low snarl, but they were especially upbeat and well-behaved in this one. After shuffling half-way around the building and glancing in the windows now and then, a sailor wasn’t entirely disappointed to learn that this pleasant and scenic young lady’s t-shirt slogan was simply the advertising catch line for a candy bar. It read:

MOUNDS
Indescribably Delicious!

All you lifelong civilians out there, just remember that troop morale is vital to winning wars. Back then, at the home of the Pacific Fleet in in San Diego on pay day, a hundred years and five or six wars ago, morale was very high.

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