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O Club at NASP

ChunksJR

Staff wennie, on the sundown tour
pilot
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a $3000 (a lot of money then:)) Klondike game in the corner, and we were off to the races. It was part of our life style, we liked it, and you guys will never get to experience it ... and sometimes I think that's too bad.
Are you kidding me!?!?! I played Klondike in the games folder when I was 13 and Windows 3.1 was introduced!!!! It was awesome. ;) Plus the Cubi Club has great club sandwiches...and an ice cold diet coke...right from the tap.

Oh my...that was exciting...I feel like I'm poking at a bee's nest. :D :D :D
 

WBGTSNA

NPQ from SNA
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Brett is well on his way to changing the guard... ;)

As for post 9/11...they do allow quite a few civ. women there for OCS Dining-ins. :)

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The best OClub I've seen in the Navy so far is NAS Oceana - followed, very closely by the I-Bar, NAS North Island. The latter is awesome...I've once lost in Ship, Captain & Crew so badly, I left with a $200 bar tab...and that takes a $hitton of beer.

edit: Tradition is to go in and touch the plane/helo that you fly hanging above the bar...it brings good luck.



Went to the O'Club at NAS Oceana every Tues. Thurs. Fri. and Sat. for 1/c Cruise. It was freakin' awesome. They had Free food and $1 draft Yuengling - beat that! Since we were on cruise we got to walk back to the Q to our rooms so we didn't have to worry about any DUI nazis or anything like that (like at Moondog's if you remember Chunksjr....)

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for the uninitiated, what is Ships, Captain, and Crew and how do you play?
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ChunksJR

Staff wennie, on the sundown tour
pilot
Contributor
It's easier to learn when you plunk some money down on the table. Especially if you lose ... :)
And lose, and lose, and lose...it was a rough night.

@WEGT
HELL YEAH Moondogs...and Hole in the Wall...ahhh...the good 'ole days.
 

HercDriver

Idiots w/boats = job security
pilot
Super Moderator
Slight threadjack/// It is such a shame that the clubs of today are not what they were in the past... I've been to a few where a senior member of the group I was with would regale us with stories of "how it used to be". I remember when I first went to the Leeward side of GTMO in 2002 and heard about the great times "way back when" at the BOQ club at the when there was a wing attached. Of course it was now a consolidated BOQ/BEQ, the bowling alley/pool/Windjammer club/movie theater were closed as well and the club was used for storage. Went back last year and the club (that had a really killer bar) was turned into a media center with tables, folding chairs and numerous phones for reporters.

Sigh...F'ing Progress.

Threadjack complete//
 

A4sForever

BTDT OLD GUY
pilot
Contributor
....I remember when I first went to the Leeward side of GTMO in 2002 and heard about the great times "way back when" at the BOQ club at the when there was a wing attached. ...
The GITMO O' CLUB was legendary .... it even looked like it was "good". And ... no DWI problem there. No place to go.

 

pdx

HSM Pilot
Please elaborate ....
A friend of my uncle was a SWO type in Pensacola from '87 to '89. He was the type of guy who (apparently) never met an average looking girl. In his stories, they were always "the hottest girl you have ever seen." And he was always ready to one-up any story. "You think that's crazy, well this one time ..."

Anyway, getting back to the point, he claimed the pensacola O-club was always filled with hot chicks looking to hook up with young aviators, and always willing to hear the sea stories from the older ones. The way he talked, it was the friendly neighborhood hangout that could put most frats to shame. Kind of like the X-rated version of "Cheers." Also, there were endless elaborate rituals - most involving drinking, buying drinks, getting molested by the occasional fat chick, or making fun of SWOs. As a SWO, he was naturally looking at things from the outside.

I'm sure there is a core of truth to all this, but it is hard to separate it out. Myself and a few Ensigns from my API class had the opportunity to drink at the rescued Cubi Point O-club (in the museum) with a bunch of Commanders who had just screened for squadron CO billets. It was a good time, and we did learn a new way to play dice:cool:. Of course there was a lot of talk about the "good old days" and the attempt to make everything more PC, and hence less fun.

From my perspective, it looks like some of the camaraderie has gone out of Naval Aviation, and there doesn't seem to be as much of a chance to relax and have a good time. I have always been a devotee of the "work hard, play hard" philosophy. Now with "recreational ORM," political correctness briefs, and fewer O-clubs, it seems like the Navy is trying to tell me to work hard, then go home. I still have some hope that things will improve when I get out of the training commands. I hope it doesn't sound like I joined the Navy to party. I joined the Navy to do something good for my Country and for myself, and I intend to be the best pilot that I know. I don't see how this precludes partying, however.

Maybe this is too much elaboration. After all, I am just a "dewey-eyed young skull full of cottage cheese" trying to find his way in the Navy.
 

HercDriver

Idiots w/boats = job security
pilot
Super Moderator
Great pic, A4s, but the club I'm talking about was on the Leeward side...the Officers club on the Windward side is still pretty kick ass I understand (despite being full of black shoes).

Side note: The Marine club on the Windward side was a great place to get a beer when I was on a cutter visiting 17 years ago...and a better place to get in a fight. The Marines would always back up the Coasties against the swabbies. Good times.
 

pdx

HSM Pilot
Wow, there were a ton of posts on this topic while I was writing mine. I think a lot of them captured what I was trying to say.

As far as the "destruction of aviator culture" comment, that may have been a little overly dramatic, but all I ever hear about is how much fun pilots "used to have." There is certainly no feeling of tradition about pilot training today.

Hell, at my college, I used to get the "follow in their footsteps" speech at least once every few months. Now all I get is the "don't do anything stupid" speech every other week. At least I had a good time in college. I am still having a good time, but I always feel like someone is trying to kill the fun. I was playing a pickup game of football, and I found myself thinking "I hope I don't twist an ankle or something, I'm sure I'll catch hell for not having turned in an ORM chit."
 

A4sForever

BTDT OLD GUY
pilot
Contributor
A friend of my uncle was a SWO type in Pensacola from '87 to '89.....his stories .....
There's your first mistake ... listening to a Black-shoe's stories. :) Actually ... good answer. Thanks, I appreciate it (really).

There's always a lot of exaggeration in "this is the way it was" stories ... but I can state without hesitation or reservation (my opinion) that a lot of the "camraderie" has gone out of Naval Aviation and a lot of the fun has been sucked out as well -- to add insult to injury. It started happening to a certain degree in the early 80's and, of course, greatly accelerated post-Tailhook fiasco and continued with the advent of 8 years of the Clinton PC military-civilian bureacracies that seem to stay with us like cancers.

But the mood, temperments, and attitudes were different back-in-the-day, as well. Lots of jesting, joking, poking fun at everyone and anyone --- race, religion, habits, looks, ..... virtually nothing was "off limits" --- except for your personal lives. We weren't as concerned with everyone else's "feelings" and the irony is that not very many people got their "feelings" hurt. At least not something that you could not grow out of quickly ... :)

And yet .. most of us would stand up and take a hit for another guy, anytime, anyplace.

One thing I've noticed over the years that -- for me -- has almost become a caricature of the "difference" between "us --- the way it was guys ... " and you boys:

Back-in-the-day ... you would drive by the BOQ in the early evening and the parking lot was empty of it's normal complement of Corvettes, GTO's, Chevettes, all the other muscle-cars, 2-seat European sports cars, et'al .... 'cause they were all parked over at the Club. Drive by the BOQ these days ... and most of the energy-efficient, boring , gender-neutral cars are safely parked in their stalls, illuminated by the glow of dozens of computer screens showing up in each window of the 'Q.

Sometimes I think that's sad.
 

pdx

HSM Pilot
We weren't as concerned with everyone else's "feelings" and the irony is that not very many people got their "feelings" hurt.
We could use a good infusion of this into the modern Navy. Hell, American society in general could use some. Apparently the right to not be offended got snuck into the Bill of Rights while we weren't looking.

Back-in-the-day ... you would drive by the BOQ in the early evening and the parking lot was empty of it's normal complement of Corvettes, GTO's, Chevettes, all the other muscle-cars, 2-seat European sports cars, et'al .... 'cause they were all parked over at the Club. Drive by the BOQ these days ... and most of the energy-efficient, boring , gender-neutral cars are safely parked in their stalls, illuminated by the glow of dozens of computer screens showing up in each window of the 'Q.
Now we are all on Airwarriors.
 

zab1001

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From my perspective, it looks like some of the camaraderie has gone out of Naval Aviation, and there doesn't seem to be as much of a chance to relax and have a good time.
Get winged, finish the RAG, get into a Fleet squadron in a good location where you have a few friends. If you guys watch out for each other and keep things in perspective (learn what's worth worrying about and what's beyond your control, don't be a d!ck), you'll have an absolute blast.
 
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