Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Helicopter Wind

So let's say you're flying over the Atlantic Ocean in your private jet, when suddenly you realize you're low on fuel and need to land quickly. What do you do?

Well, if you're rich enough, you make arrangements for your own personal aircraft carrier to meet you. The British Royal Navy just happens to have one for sale.

Too rich for your blood? Maybe you'd be interested in something from our Naval Destroyer Class vessels, also on sale.


{Note from Mark - as a postal employee, today's "joke" hit home and emphasized, still, the importance of hard copy mail.}

As a Navy helicopter pilot, I often had to make at-sea transfers to ships steaming alongside our aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid.

The wind's direction is very important to helicopters hovering above the receiving vessel, and since the ships normally steam in formation, it isn't easy to get the duty officers on board to alter their courses in order to create favorable wind conditions.

I learned that the secret to getting the ships to move was to announce, "We have mail aboard for you."

The *immediate* response would be, "Where would you like your wind?"

[Robert E. Allison, from "Humor in Uniform" via Ed Peacher's Laughter for a Saturday]


WORD for YOUR WEEK: "The waves lapped the shore in a soft undulant motion." There's a deceptive word ... the "un" at the beginning makes you think the root word was "dulant," but this word actually comes from the Latin word "unda," which meant wave. It means anything that has a wave-like motion, a softly moving to and fro.


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