Put head between legs, kiss ass goodbye…

Did anyone watch “FAILSAFE” last night? It was alright but nowhere near are scary as the original. Especially when you saw the original during a war-game on an navy ship during the coldest part of the “cold war”. The sound effect used for the noise of the melting phone would probably turn my guts to jello if I was woken by that in the middle of the night…

I’ve thought about this before: There are a generation of grown-up folks out there who don’t know much about the cold war other than what history books tell them. They’ve probably never had the experience of waking in a cold sweat, screaming because the bombs were falling in your dreams… Never heard the banshee sound a fallout siren makes. “The sound God would make… if He lost everything he ever loved…”

We had a siren down the road from us when I was a kid on the military reservation in Hawaii. Every day at noon every siren on the island would go off, building up to it’s maniacal howl, running full speed, full blast for about a minute, then taking about half an hour to wind down to nothing… Every dog on the island would howl like they just heard from the great god of dogs! Like they’d lost everything they’d ever loved, them damn dogs were crying…

Once a month they would do the full test. The wailing up and down of the “warning” siren. The full blast scream of the “kiss your ass goodbye now” siren. The warbling notes of the “all clear” siren. All the radio and TV stations took part in the drill, explaining each sirens call and telling you what you should do (that’s where the title for this note comes from). They also used the siren for tsunami and weather alerts, so when it went off everyone scrambled to find out what it meant. Where the bombs falling? Or just another tsunami warning? Had lots of tsunami warnings, never had a tsunami when I was there…

When I first moved there the sound of the siren going off could make you involuntarily suck your underwear up your asshole! I was right under that sucker when it went off, so I can tell you from experience!

Being a military brat, and in the military myself later, I always thought I would be among the first ones vaporized when WW3 started. I lived my life for the day, not thinking of the future, I didn’t think I had one… I wonder if anyone else felt that way? Am I the only one?

Which ever… I’m paying for that attitude now, let me tell ya.