Fleet Week

Its “Fleet Week” in the City of Roses. Vessels from the US Navy, Coast Guard & the Canadian Maritime Forces are arriving for their annual visit.  On a midday walk downtown, I saw groups of sailors in their traditional, white uniforms navigating the rain-slick streets with maps and GPS devices.  The  mounted police were out and about as well.  Moving along 6th St as a unit, the hooves of their rides filled the air with, ‘cloppity clop, cloppity clop’.  And, on 5th street, ‘the king’ held court in front of The Hilton.  His robe, a ragged blue sleeping bag. His crown, a donut of wiry silver hair.

Later, at home, I saw devastating images of birds coated in the effects of our nation’s greed, as if they had been dipped in chocolate.   It made me sick.

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One thought on “Fleet Week

  1. I was touched by the two conversations I saw happening on the waterfront yesterday. There was a young sailor listening to an older man outfitted in his dress uniform, and another “younger” sailor listening to an older gentleman in a baseball cap with his ships name on it. It made me tear up a little. I am not sure if it was the nostalgia of it, or the fact that we have a massive military system… and the world seems no closer to peace…..

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