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Alcoholic Shark. A Drunk Shark?! No, But A Funny Tale That Is Best Read While Intoxicated! A Favorite Of Marines!

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Throughout a person's life, it only seems natural that copious amounts of information are stored in one's cranium. Stored in parts of the brain that scientists don't yet understand, the memories lie dormant, deliberately hibernating, until for some unknown reason, they bounce into our thoughts. Almost like that song that you heard the other day, and can't get out of your head, no matter how hard you try.My father, John Jack Jergensen, has one such memory. Although I heard the story many years ago, it still hangs on - like a mother to child. The story seems so bazaar, mainly because it involved my father. After all, sometimes it's difficult for us to believe that our parents were young once too, doing crazy things, perhaps even crazier things than we do ourselves. But they weren't always old and gray, and they weren't born that way either. Their present condition is the direct result of 'Father Time,' too much work, and worrying in hope that their children will come out better than they did.The story begins almost thirty years ago in the Summer of 1973. My father was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and had just arrived back in the United States from the island of Okinawa. He was originally supposed to go to Vietnam, but like many others in his group, his orders were changed at the last minute and he spent a year on the small island which is located about ninety miles from Japan. Here, he said his unit spent most of its time going on twenty five mile hikes and trying to remain combat ready. The times were hard but they were also having a lot of fun.After arriving back in the United States, he was stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he was to be a radio communications instructor.This appointment pleased him very much, for it was very easy duty and it gave him a lot of time to get rest and relaxation. "After twelve months of pushups, pull-ups and twenty five mile hikes with full packs and gear - my dogs (feet) needed a break." he said.While stationed in North Carolina, a Marine that became one of his best friends was Sergeant Antonio Desado. Originally from Italy, Desado had joined the Marine Corps in hopes of becoming a U.S. citizen. According to my father, "On the best of days he spoke perfect English but on others, it was better just to nod and pretend that you understood everything that he was saying. That way you wouldn't hurt his feelings."On weekends they often left the confines of the base to drive up the coast and check out the scenery. They played golf, fished, had friendly drinks at unfriendly bars and had bad food at good restaurants. Often, they'd walk along the boardwalk and watch other people fish. Real fishermen who actually knew what they were doing.One day while the two Marines were walking along the wharf they saw a small man catch a very large fish. The large fish had small black eyes and a large mouth that was loaded with hundreds of medium size teeth. "What is that thing?" Sergeant Desado asked, "It looks like a...

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