Dear Lazyweb: Where was this picture taken?

Dear Lazyweb: Where was this picture taken?

Inscription on back of photograph of USS Goldsborough (DDG-20)

Saturday Oct 27th 1984 We left Hawaii at 10:00 P.M. {???}

Friday Oct 26th We all met at The Pearl Harbor {Officers Club} {???} went To The US [sic] Goldsborough for a {gourmet dinner} guests of Captain Fitz & his Wife — Then were given tour of The ship by Capt. Fitz, Took Polaroid Pictures of every {partner} at The Dinner Table —

Thurs Oct 25th We all were guests of Admiral & Mrs. C[onrad]. J. Rorie {aboard} “The Admiral’s Barge” for Cocktails & Dinner {just before} Sunset as it cruised around The Harbor and to The “Arizona”, sunk at “Pearl Harbor” with 11,00[sic] (Dec 7 1941 By The Japanese) men & Officers aboard. Their Bodies are enshrined There with a Beautiful Memorial {around it}. As C.J.’s Barge motored By, Each Ship Anchored at Pearl Harbor gave Salutes with The Ships Horns Blasting Out A Fond Farewell To C.J. who was Retiring as The Cmdr. of The Naval Base “Pearl Harbor” also the Cmdr of The Naval Surfice[sic] Group Mid Pacific after 30 yrs of Service in The US Navy — Dolly Bellizio, Robt. {George} & Doris George were guests of C.J. & Pat Rorie at the V.I.P Guests Quarters at Barbers Point Hawaii on the Ocean Front. Then after four days we moved to Waikiki and Stayed at The Halikailinie [Hali Kalani?] Hotel on The Beach

This took 45 minutes to transcribe. It is written in badly-faded blue ink on a sheet of stamped foil (wrapping paper?) which is taped to the back of the frame of the photo of the Goldsborough. It was completely illegible in places (marked by [???] and nearly so in others (the words {in braces}).

I’m a total sucker for ephemera like this. There’s always something neat to find out. For instance, in checking that I was reading “C.J. Rorie” correctly, I found this article about the troubles the National Park Service had in convincing the Navy to let them examine the Arizona so it could be properly cared for and interpreted for visitors.

This is real. There was a list of corporate sponsors on the back and everything. And I’m a horrible person for laughing at this, but the shirt itself is hilarious.
Could they have picked a less appropriate font?

This is real. There was a list of corporate sponsors on the back and everything. And I’m a horrible person for laughing at this, but the shirt itself is hilarious.

Could they have picked a less appropriate font?

There is nothing I can add to this

There is nothing I can add to this

I love thrift stores but sometimes you find things that just make you worry.

I love thrift stores but sometimes you find things that just make you worry.

Went thrifting today.

Good book haul:

  • Better Homes & Gardens Meals with a Foreign Flair, 1963 — Standard, but perhaps notable for the chapter header “Honorable Chinese dinner”
  • BH&G Good Food On A Budget, 1971 — Budget cooking from some alternate reality where Mock Lasagne uses pork sausage (cheap?) but elbow macaroni instead of lasagne noodles (apparently expensive?). Other representative dishes: Mustard-sauced Cabbage, Salmon Pinwheels
  • 8,414 Strange and Fascinating Superstitions, 2005 reprint of 1948 volume — first addition in a long time to the Religion and Folklore section
  • The Complete Book of Games, 1938 — if reprinted today, should have title changed to My Dear Sweet Lord, We Were Bored Back Then. After 404 pages on cards, dice, checkers and billiards, we are introduced to such wonderful past-times as List The States, It Tastes Like (and companion Sniff), Letter Golf, Man to Nut, Dumb Spelling Match, Mrs. Pettigrew’s Tea, Blind Pig, Where Am I?, Milk Bottle Balance, This Is My Nose, Kazoo Orchestra, Shouted Proverbs, Dishpan Race, Paper Bag Handshake, Your Fish My Fish, Raft Battle-Royal, Nigger Baby, and literally hundreds more.
  • Guide to Modern Meals, 1970 — A really solid home ec textbook
  • A Concise History of the USSR, 1971 — I actually rather liked the Lenin biography I read a little while ago, so this seems likely to fill the “now reading” slot recently vacated by Master and Commander.

Also got a FireKing serving dish similar to another I had, but another seemed like a good idea.

This shirt could not be fuller of fail unless it mentioned “Itanium” somewhere.

This shirt could not be fuller of fail unless it mentioned “Itanium” somewhere.

I don’t know what the Netcentric Party was, and I don’t want to know what that staining is.

I don’t know what the Netcentric Party was, and I don’t want to know what that staining is.

Wolf shirts, eagle shirts, Jesus shirts, ironic wolf shirts, cat shirts, keyboard cat shirts… today I found ALLIGATOR SHIRT

Wolf shirts, eagle shirts, Jesus shirts, ironic wolf shirts, cat shirts, keyboard cat shirts… today I found ALLIGATOR SHIRT

Pseudothrifting yielded this pseudo-matched set of chinese dragon-weasel pillows.

Pseudothrifting yielded this pseudo-matched set of chinese dragon-weasel pillows.