Seaman

Between the innocence of infancy and the recklessness of adultery comes that unique specimen of Humanity known as a Seaman. Seaman can be found in Bars, in Arguments, in Bed, in Debt and intoxicated. They are Tall, Short, Fat, Thin, Dark, Fair but never normal.

As a rule, they dislike Ships Food, Chief Engineers, Writing Letters, Sailing on Saturdays and Dry Ships. They like receiving Mail, Paying off day, Nude pin ups, Sympathy, Complaining and Beer.

A Seaman's secret ambition is to change places with the Owner for just one trip, to own a Brewery and to be loved by everyone in the world.

A Seaman is a Sir Galahad in a Japanese Brothel, a Psychoanalyst with "Readers Digest'' on the table, Don Quixote with a Discharge Book, The Savior of Mankind with his back teeth awash, Valentino with a fiver in his pocket and Democracy personified in a Red Chinese prison cell.

A Seaman is a Provider in War and a Parasite in Peace. No one is subjected to so much abuse, wrongly accused, so often misunderstood by so many as a Seaman. He has the patience of Job, the honesty of a Fool and The Heaven-sent ability to laugh at himself.

When he returns home from a long voyage, no one else but a Seaman can create such an atmosphere of suspense and longing as he walks through the door with the magic words on his lips:

Have you got the Ale in then???


"When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or profession, decisions should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves.

In the important decisions of our personal lives we should be governed by the deep inner needs of our nature".

Sigmund Freud


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