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Banana drama

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by mr bubbles, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. ScubaTexan

    ScubaTexan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Mahalo! :D
     
  2. Web Monkey

    Web Monkey Omniheurist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Because it's his banana. Not the boat captains, and it's irrelevant to the operation of the boat.

    If the captain is allergic to bananas and would go into shock and die if he contacted one, then it's a reasonable request and I'd happily toss it overboard.

    If the captain doesn't like it because he heard that someone else had a banana on a boat once, then Germany invaded Poland, I'd be having a banana snack that afternoon. Just because two things happen doesn't mean they're related. And just because someone tells you to do something doesn't mean you actually need to do it.

    As a semi-old guy (not as old as papa_bear, but old enough to remember Black and White TV), I can tell you that if you spend your life being a doormat, you'll get walked on a lot.

    Just as an example, one of the guys I used to work with was always getting buried at work, staying late, working weekends and holidays, while I worked 9:30-5, 5 days/week. One day he asked me how I did it, and I revealed my secret: 'When they tell me to work nights and weekends, I say "No"'

    If you don't stand up for yourself, nobody else will.

    Terry
     
  3. 1_T_Submariner

    1_T_Submariner ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Surface sailors and their silly myths. They are just targets anyway.

    Submarines I was on had bananas. We surfaced as many times as we submerged.

    Edit Speellling.
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2008
  4. Papa_Bear

    Papa_Bear Dive Equipment Manufacturer

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    Bible says a man oten not lay down with another mans banana!

    Mackerel head bitting is supposed to ensure a good commercial catch!
     
  5. Papa_Bear

    Papa_Bear Dive Equipment Manufacturer

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  6. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    [​IMG] The discussion was about bananas, not women. But if you must, I think that one started with Helen of Troy, launched a thousand ships, long war, finally returning to slaughter all the men who'd been trying to marry the queen and move into the throne room. I think it finally settled out when vikings and pirates stopped carrying off stolen women with the other navies in hot pursuit. As long as you don't kidnap the woman, she's not bad luck. [​IMG]
    [​IMG] Well of course not; that was a stupid remark. The discussion is about being a courteous paying guest. [​IMG]
    [​IMG] Whooppee be a man over a banana. It's not about being a man; it's about being a gentleman. [​IMG]
    [​IMG] That was another dumb remark. We're talking about being courteous about a 300 year+ tradition
    Keep your banana if you must; just ask the skipper if it's okay - then decide if you want the banana or on the boat. [​IMG]
    [​IMG] Again with the woman argument? Outdated, settled, done.
    [​IMG]I'd love to see the oceanside policeman's face on that one. Maybe it'll be a slow news day and you'll get your pic in the local paper. And forget the Bible talk okay; we do not do those arguments here, thank gawd.[​IMG]
    [​IMG] Yeah, someone in your group should have warned you, but it seems to have gone well. Now you know and you can help others be advised.[​IMG]
    No, I don't believe in a lot of the superstitions and traditions I try to respect. It's just being courteous. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2008
  7. Boxcar Overkill

    Boxcar Overkill Contributor

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    Someone should tell the skipper that it's also bad luck to tell customers they can't eat the fruit of their choice while on your boat.


    At least it is if you define bad luck as "running off all your paying customers".
     
  8. ZenDiver.3D

    ZenDiver.3D Rejecting Reality ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Wow. It is really simple. If you don't want to follow the rules of a skipper on a boat, perhaps you should get your own boat and you be the skipper. If you don't like the rules, take your toys and go home. But quit talking trash about what you won't put up with on another man's boat. You should be a smart consumer and check out his boat. If you can't abide by his rules and regulations.....

    Now, having said that, I can't tell you all the funny stories and tales I have accumulated over the years by going other places, respecting their culture and customs, and learning from them. It can be loads of fun, or you can make it a nightmare if you are that rigid. Either way, your choice. :bananalama:
     
  9. Boxcar Overkill

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    But how is one supposed to predict that their skipper would have such a random belief as "bananas are bad luck on a ship"?

    Unless you happened to notice that the skipper had a 16th century understanding of the way the world worked in general, you wouldn't predict he would see a relationship between bananas and his boats safety/success.

    I don't think you can blame the consumer's ignorance for not checking up on their boat's banana policy before they signed on. There's nothing to warn the consumer that bananas would be an issue in the first place.
     
  10. fisherdvm

    fisherdvm Solo Diver

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    Here's the big question:

    Does the US Navy serve bananas on their ships? Do astronauts eat banana in space?
     

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