Every year on the Wednesday before Memorial Day I wear my blue wrap dress that has a print of different colored sailboats on it. It’s the only time I wear that dress, because on that day, come rain or shine, the streets of New York City get flooded with seamen. It’s the kickoff to FLEET WEEK or as I like to call it, THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, or my personal Hanukkah, since it’s presents wrapped in Cracker Jacks uniform and the Blue and Beige the Marines wear for 7 lovely days.
According to Wikipedia, “Fleet Week is a US Navy, US Marine Corps, and US Coast Guard tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a variety of major cities for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews can enter the city and visit its tourist attractions. At certain hours, the public can take a guided tour of the ships. Often, Fleet Week is accompanied by military demonstrations and air shows such as those provided by the Blue Angels.”
What Wiki doesn’t tell you is that our boys and girls in uniform get treated like rock stars when they get here. We love Fleet Week! Especially since the famous Sailor/nurse kiss took place in Times Square.
I make it a point to take pictures every day during Fleet Week with the Sailors and Marines that are walking around NYC. If I see them at a bar, I buy them a round. It’s the least we can do for those working so hard to keep us safe. There’s even a popular hashtag used during Fleet Week: #selfiewithasailor I take this very seriously and was even caught by a local station while I was selfie-ing it up with some of our Service men and women.
Unlike the episode of SEX AND THE CITY where Carrie ends up with a very sexy sailor, I’m very happy just taking my selfies and buying them drinks. Fleet Week ends tomorrow, the gals and guys will go back on their ships and go back to protecting us and I’ll go back to doing whatever it is I do. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guards. We are proud of you and see you next year, I’ll be the girl in the sail boats wrap dress, feel free to scoop me up and plant a big one on me.