I think we all remember cumshaw, you know you give something to get something. In civilian life it;s called grand larceny. I recall when I was aboard the Seirra and running the photo lab I had been using my own 35mm camera to take photos and it was taking a beating. When i tried to order a 35mm camera through supply I was informed I was not allowed one. Soooo...... I had to make an end run around the red tape.
Here's what I had to do: First I located a "stash" of Nikon cameras at the Fleet Photo lab on the Norfolk air station. Now, what is the one thing that most sailors like to drink.... no, not beer. COFFEE! I had a friend that worked in supply. All I had to do was develop and print two rolls of flim of his fat, naked girlfriend and a 8 X 10 of the ship and he dropped off two 20 lb cans of coffee at my apartment. Finally, the next day I told my division officer that I was going to the air station photo lab to get my camera cleaned. While the camera repairman was cleaning I asked what woukld it take to transfer a use Nikon to my photo lab.... guess what he said? You got it! He said a couple of 5 pound cans would do it, when I asked what would two 20 pound cans get me?
The man's eyes got real big. He said wait here, shortly he came back with a cheif who asked, "where's the coffee?" "I have it in my car" I said. To make a long story short the chief took brand spanking new Nikon kit (with five lenses and a spare body) out of the packing case, made a deep scratch on the bottom with his keys and said " damn things broken might as well get rid of it"
Thats how i got my camera ( BTW I still have it ).
Does anyoneelse have a story about what you had do to cumshaw something?