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The PPDRDG Naval Transition Assistance Office Presents:
"What to do after Your Separation/Retirement"

"Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash." -- Winston Churchill

So... You've decided to pack it in after an enlistment or a career in the good ol' USN?  You've got no idea what to do after you get out, but that's o.k..  And actually, we don't really care what you do, as long as you just leave us alone.  Our transition assistance consists of these four words:  "You're on Your Own."
 
But, you can still pretend to be "Navy" in the reserves or fleet reserve!  Naturally, you'll be inactive, but you'll need to keep the skills you've learned on active duty honed to a keen edge.  Therefore, we off the following ideas for you to incorporate into you daily routine.
GO NAVY!  FOREVER AND EVER!
1.    Sleep on the shelf in your closet.

2.    Replace the closet door with a curtain.

3.    Four hours after you go to sleep have your wife whip open the curtain, shine a flashlight in your eyes, and mumble, "Sorry, wrong rack."

4.    Renovate your bathroom.  Build a wall across the middle of your bathtub and move the shower head down to chest level.

5.    When you take showers, make sure you shut off the water while soaping.

6.    Every time there's a thunderstorm, go sit in a wobbly rocking chair and rock as hard as you can until you're nauseous.

7.    Put lube oil in your humidifier instead of water and set it to "High."

8.    Don't watch TV except movies in the middle of the night.  Have your family vote on which movie to watch, then show a different one.

9.    Leave lawn mower running in your living room 24 hours a day for proper noise level.

10.    Have the paper boy give you a haircut with dull sheep sheers.

11.    Once a week blow compressed air up through your chimney, making sure the wind carries the soot across and onto your neighbor's house.  Laugh at him when he curses you.

12.    Buy a trash compactor but only use it once a week.  Store up garbage in  your bathtub.

13.    Wake up every night at midnight and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on stale bread, if anything.  (Optional:  Canned ravioli or soup.  Do not heat!)

14.    Make up your family menu a week ahead of time without looking in your food cabinets or refrigerator.

15.    Set your alarm clock to go off at random times during the night.  When it goes off, jump out of bed and get dressed as fast as you can, then run out into your yard and break out the garden hose.

16.    Once a month take every major kitchen and laundry appliance and electric garden tool you own completely apart and then put them back together.    Do this every week with your lawnmower.

17.    Use 18 scoops of coffee per pot and allow it to sit for 5 or 6 hours before drinking.

18.    Invite at least 5000 people you don't really like to come and visit for about 6 months.

19.    Have a fluorescent lamp installed on the bottom of your coffee table and lie under it to read books.

20.    Raise the thresholds and lower the top sills on your front and back doors so that you either trip over the threshold or hit you head on the sill every time you pass through one of them.

21.    Lockwire the lugnuts on your car.

22.    Bake a cake.  Prop up one side of the pan while it is baking. Then spread icing really thick on one side to level off the top.

23.    Every so often, throw your cat into the swimming pool, shout "Man overboard, ship recovery!", run into the kitchen and sweep all the pots/pans/dishes/silverware off of the counter onto the floor, then yell at your wife for not having the place "stowed for sea."

24.    Put on the headphones from your stereo (don't plug them in).  Go and stand in front of your stove.  Say (to nobody in particular) "Stove manned and ready."  Stand there for 3 or 4 hours.  Say (once again to nobody in particular) "Stove secured."  Roll up the headphone cord and put them away.

25.    Put a lamp shade on your head, tuck your levi trouser legs into the tops of your socks and sit on the floor of your closet with the light out until some one yells, "Secure from general quarters". (PS:  no smoking either.)

26.    Buy a dumpster, paint it gray and live in it for 6 months straight.

27.    Run all of the piping and wires inside your house on the outside of the walls.

28.    Pump 10 inches of nasty, crappy water into your basement, then pump it out, clean up, and paint the basement "deck gray."

29.    Every couple of weeks, dress up in your best clothes and go the scummiest part of town, find the most run down, trashy bar you can, pay $10 per beer until you're hammered, then walk home in the freezing cold.

30.    On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays turn your water temperature up to 200 degrees, then on Tuesday and Thursday turn it down to 10 degrees. On Saturdays and Sundays declare to your entire family that they used too much water during the week, so all showering is secured.

31.    Raise your bed to within 6 inches of the ceiling, if you don't have a closet shelf.

32.    Have your next door neighbor come over each day at 5 am, and blow a whistle so loud that Helen Keller could hear it and shout "Reveille, Reveille, all hands heave out and trice up."

33.    Have your mother-in-law write down everything she's going to do the following day, then have her make you stand in the back yard at 6 am and read it to you.

34.    Eat the raunchiest Mexican food you can find for three days straight, then lock the bathroom door for 12 hours, and hang a sign on it that reads "Secured - contact OA DIV at X-3053."

35.    Submit a request form to your father-in-law, asking if it's ok for you to leave your house before 3 pm.

36.    Make your family qualify to operate all the appliances in your home (i.e. Dishwasher operator, blender technician, etc.)

37.    Walk around your car for 4 hours checking the tire pressure every 15 minutes.

38.    Sit in your car and let it run for 4 hours before going anywhere. This is to ensure your engine is properly "lit off".

39.    Empty all the garbage bins in your house, and sweep your driveway 3 times a day, whether they need it or not.

40.    Repaint your entire house once a month.   Gray.

41.    Cook all of your food blindfolded, groping for any spice and seasoning you can get your hands on.

42.    Have your neighbor collect all your mail for a month, randomly losing every 5th item.

43.    Spend $20,000 on a satellite system for your TV, but only watch CNN and the Weather Channel.

44.    Sew back pockets to the front of your pants.

45.    Spend 2 weeks in the red-light districts of Europe, and call it "world travel."

46.    Spend 5 years working at McDonalds, but do NOT get promoted.

47.    Needle gun the aluminum siding on your house after your neighbors have gone to bed.


 For Those Who Take Life Too Seriously...
I thought this was funny too, so its on this page
for no particularly good reason....

Save the whales. Collect the whole set.
A day without sunshine is like, night.
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
You have the right to remain silent.
Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.
I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.
Honk if you love peace and quiet.
Remember half the people you know are below average.
Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains?
Nothing is foolproof to a talented fool.
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
He who laughs last thinks slowest.
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
I intend to live forever -- so far so good.
Borrow money from a pessimist -- they don't expect it back.
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
My mind is like a steel trap -- rusty and illegal in 37 states.
Quantum mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of.
The only substitute for good manners is fast reflexes.
Support bacteria -- they're the only culture some people have.
When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane and going the wrong way.
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.
Never do card tricks for the group you play poker with.
No one is listening until you make a mistake.
Success always occurs in private and failure in full view.
The colder the X-ray tables the more of your body is required on it.
The hardness of butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the ability to reach it.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.
How many of you believe in telekinesis?  Raise my hand...
You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.
Two wrongs are only the beginning.
The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
The sooner you fall behind the more time you'll have to catch up.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
Change is inevitable except from vending machines.
If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of house payments.
Always try to be modest and be proud of it!
Get a new car for your spouse... It's a great trade!

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