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By Mary Weaver

Mary Weaver

September 04, 2013 10:55 a.m.

Day 76

For some reason this morning, I was really hungry. I think it was because I had a pile of papers on my desk that I needed to deal with and have been putting it off and off and off. I have to give up my excuse to eat called, I will do that right after I eat....probably why I got in the shape I was in. I fixed a shake a little early and ate it while I dealt with the papers.

This weekend I was talking to my 90-year-old Dad about my weight management program and food cravings. He told me a story about when he was in the service during WWII. He is a Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine) and was stationed in Guadalcanal after it was secured. He had a friend who he liked because the guy liked to hunt and fish, like he did. His friend, Bill, who was older and had already done three hitches in the Marines, was seasoned and knew how the military "worked." In addition, Bill's stepfather was a general in the Army.

After a while of eating Marine food, they started fishing off the coral reefs with TNT. They would open a can of canned fish, put it on the reef next to a half pound of TNT, that was attached to wires running to a battery. As the canned fish floated out of the can, it attracted fish and when there were enough feeding, they would set off the TNT. Apparently lots of other Marines liked to eat the fish, but did not want to do the "fishing." He said they ate fish until they couldn't stand it and started talking about what they were craving to eat. They finally decided they wanted eggs. His buddy, Bill, told him if they got some whiskey they could turn it into eggs. It was known that the Navy CB's construction group always had whiskey for $50 per bottle. The guys came up with enough money to get the whiskey, which was hard to do as their wages were $40 per month. They stockpiled the whiskey and started going from ship to ship. He said as they came up the gangplank they "saluted the flag, saluted the officer of the day, requested permission to board" and politely asked to see the Commissary Officer. They would then ask the Commissary Officer if they were short of anything. They eventually found a ship that was short on canned vegetables and had a case of eggs (36 dozen to a case) that he was willing to trade. It was also known that there was a supply depot guarded by men who would look the other way if they were given whiskey. So my Dad and Bill smuggled the whiskey to the supply depot, smuggled out several cases of vegetables, found the ship with the eggs and made the trade. Dad said they ate eggs until they were "coming out their ears."

Bill also taught my Dad about "tipping" (TIPS = To Insure Prompt Service) to get into clubs when they hit state side, San Diego, but that is another story.

After work , I made it to the Y. I did an hour on the treadmill, came home and had a shake. I used sugar-free cheesecake pudding and sugar-free lemon pudding and the shake was quite tasty. So all in all, I had a wonderful day.

Depresso: When you run out of coffee...

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