You Sank My Battleship

20 Jun

This morning I had an appointment to get waxed (don’t ask) and found myself in an interesting conversation with my waxer. For me, talking during a waxing is essential because it gets my mind off of the feeling that I am being flayed alive. Anyway, we talked about all kinds of things, including the Roger Waters concert I attended last night. I will blog about it later, but he performed The Wall album in its entirety.

The conversation then ventured into her recent trip to Hawaii. She told me all about it. How she didn’t eat poi at the luau because it looked gross. How people looked at her funny when she ordered sweet tea. It all sounded bad, so I asked her what she liked about the trip. I smiled through the pain as she said that the best part was going to Pearl Harbor and touring the USS Missouri.

I couldn’t believe she said this because Pearl Harbor is one of my favorite historic sites. Everyone should visit it if they get the chance. The USS Missouri, while not at the base during the attack, is docked as a museum because of its role in World War II. Upon its decks, representatives of the Empire of Japan officially surrendered and ended World War II.

The last battleship to be built by the United States, the USS Missouri also saw action in the Korean War and after being recommissioned and modernized saw action in the Gulf War of the 1990s.

All of this was running through my mind when I asked my waxer what she liked about touring the ship. She stated excitedly:

“The most interesting thing was that was where Cher filmed the video of “If I Could Turn Back Time”. They even showed us which gun she sat on. The tour guide said that everybody wants to see that gun.”

The historian side of me wept.

6 Responses to “You Sank My Battleship”

  1. Ajay Kaul June 20, 2012 at 20:36 #

    lol – good perspective on the title of your blog 😉

    • surroundedbyimbeciles June 20, 2012 at 21:15 #

      Thanks for your comment and for reading my post. I run into these sorts of things now and again.

  2. paintlater June 21, 2012 at 22:14 #

    Never mess with a waxer! Hope you smiled told her she was insightful and compassionate. Besides I’m sure Cher’s wax job as displayed in that film clip on the Missouri was legendary in wax world. We all have our heroes. Cheers

    • surroundedbyimbeciles June 22, 2012 at 02:52 #

      No kidding. Don’t mess with the person in charge of the pain.

  3. itsCocktailTime June 22, 2012 at 03:37 #

    Really? It was all about Cher…Yikes!

    • surroundedbyimbeciles June 22, 2012 at 05:15 #

      No kidding. It was all about Cher. At least she didn’t say, “Hey, it was the boat in that new Battleship movie where they fight the aliens.”

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