- 6 years ago
Today, I hope I witnessed the beginning of a wonderful relationship just because I really want the couple to have an awesome story to tell their grandchildren.
The USS Olympia was doing special tours and demonstrations today, so we ventured into Philly to check it out. One of the demostrations was of their 6-inch guns. Now, given that the boat’s guns that are more than a hundred years old and face New Jersey, they are obviously not loading anything in there that can do more than make noise. In fact, for those who know such things, it’s just a modified shotgun shell that just makes a boom softer than anything you’d even hear on a trap or skeet range.
Well, down on the pier, a young couple was walking and then sat down. She was carrying a giant bouqeut of flowers, so I assumed it could have been a first date. When the first demo shot went off, she took off. I’m talking about jumping up and running down the pier for her life – flowers flailing, guy confused. Oh my goodness, it was unbelievably funny.
When the second noise went off, the girl went faster. Then, they moved the gun slightly because one of the navy guys was having trouble loading it. It “aimed” slightly more in her direction. By that, I mean like 40 feet over her head, so not even remotely in her direction. She took off again. By this time, her guy stopped to take pictures of the boat since the guys loading the guns were all in period uniforms and it was generally a neat sight.
After the demo rounds were all fired, the guy found her and finally convinced her they should just leave the pier. I couldn’t quite tell if he was holding her free hand to calm her down or not. Regardless, I was in hysterics. I suppose I should feel bad for the girl who was so scared by the demo, but I just got a kick out of the story they will have for their families if they end up in a serious relationship. She’ll probably spend the evening thinking she witnessed Pennsylvania finally getting fed up with Jersey drivers and declaring war. 😉
Any of you ladies have great first date stories? I admit that I don’t.