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January 26, 2008

"OK, Who Double-Dog Dared Who?"

That was the nurse asking.

...Gavin Dempsey and James Alexander were serving on flag duty at Jackson Elementary School Friday morning, with the job of raising and lowering the school's flags. They decided to see if their tongues really would stick to the cold metal.

Our squadron actually had its own version of this story enshrined in our memories, only it was Osan, -10° and...

...one of the 500 pounders hung on a ready-to-launch Intruder.

That was one lispy-assed plane captain.

Thank God they use hand signals.

Posted by tree hugging sister at January 26, 2008 08:15 PM


So, is Peter Billingsly gonna get hauled before a judge for influencing impressionable youth?

Actually, it's refreshing to hear of a school story that didn't involve violence or some sort of criminal sexual tryst/kidnapping.

Thx THS.

Posted by: Gunslinger at January 26, 2008 09:50 PM

I agree with Gunslinger that it's refreshing to hear such an innocent school story. Thank heavens that I grew up pre-internet and thus didn't have all my youthful goof-ups recorded forever for a global audience (although I have sibs with unfortunately-good memories).

I was really glad to see that American school-kids still raise and lower the flag at school - for some reason I thought that would have gone by the wayside by now. I went to school in America and still remember the awesome sense of responsibility that came with being rostered on to Flag Duty in primary school.

Now, these boys were in 4th grade, THS, and as one of them said “When you’re young, you’re just messing around.” This business with the squadron, how old were you all? ;-)

Posted by: spot_the_dog at January 27, 2008 05:35 AM

I bet their moms gave them quite a tongue lashing when they got home...

spot, I am glad to hear about the flag raising too; thank god for the mid-west! sadly, I don't think the kids do that here on the east coast.

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at January 27, 2008 07:52 AM

That was one lispy-assed plane captain.

Well of course, especially if one stuck their tongue to one of the 500 pounders hung on a ready-to-launch Intruder, in flight.

Posted by: El Cid at January 27, 2008 10:15 AM

That's the kind of lip service people pay attention to!

Posted by: The_Real_JeffS at January 27, 2008 11:43 AM

Bingley... that was a groaner. Although, it did make me laugh.

I'd have paid to see that, THS...

Posted by: That 1 Guy at January 27, 2008 05:17 PM

Great picture! Where can I get a copy? :)

Posted by: Skyler at January 28, 2008 10:35 AM

Ah, good old-fashioned experimentation.

Mr. Bingley, as to your comment about the East Coast, I don't know how far-reaching it was, but when I was in grade school our flagpole was removed after a school in the Philadelphia school district had an incident where their flagpole fell on some children. It was the school I transferred to, so I'm guessing that happened around '84 or '85.

Posted by: Kate P at January 28, 2008 11:43 AM

Silly kids. Schwartz TRIPLE dog-dared Flick. They should have held out a bit.

Posted by: nightfly at January 28, 2008 12:13 PM

"This business with the squadron, how old were you all? ;-)"

Old enough to use profane language expertly when we mocked him (repeatedly), El Cid. {8^P

(Skyler ~ to paraphrase Abby Hoffman, "Steal this one!")

Posted by: tree hugging sister at January 29, 2008 01:18 PM