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We pronounce Boatswain as "boat-sun" but we'd never call a Boatswains Mate just "boat-sun" because it would sound to similar to Bosun (where the "t" is noticeably dropped in pronunciation). Boatswain Mates are either called Boatswain Mates, "boats" or "BMs" for short. A Bosun is simply called Bosun.
In my service Boatswain is an enlisted term. Bosun is reserved for the Chief Warrent Officers.
You can call a Boatswains Mate "Boats" but you'd never refer to a Bosun as anything other than "Bosun" or "sir".
Haven't had time or the weather for pipes recently unfortunately (I miss them) but I have been enjoying a lot of snuff. Today its Otto Schmalzler and it is a fantastic pinch. I highly recommend it if you are a fan of the genre.
My days have been so packed with training I've just been too tired for a bowl at the end of the day. I'm looking forward to things slowing down soon.
Until then I've just been a fly on the wall in here living vicariously through you guys. Enjoy your smokes gentlemen!
In the HBO series The Pacific Eugene Sledge picks up the pipe while on Okinawa. When he gets home someone asks him why he started smoking a pipe. He replied something along the lines of, "It calms me down. I always have something to do, be it smoking or cleaning."
I hadn't smoked anything heavily aromatic in a while. I brought a pouch of tobacco that I hadn't opened in a while and found some 1Q (I think). It had probably been in there 9 months or more. The blend definitely calmed down some and became more enjoyable as a result. The time in the pouch...