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March

Submarine Day

Posted by Brittany

Submarine DayToday, while many of you are knocking back green beer and donning “kiss me, I’m Irish” t-shirts in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Chris and I are celebrating Submarine Day. Ironically, in spite of countless mentions of this “unofficial” in cyberspace, nobody is quite sure how it started, or even if it refers to the sandwich or the boat! Our guess is that Submarine Day honors the submersible submarine, and the heroes who serve on them.

After a particularly long day, we decided to start our Submarine Day festivities with a delicious sandwich from Firehouse Subs. Chris ordered a ‘Hook and Ladder”, made up of Smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham, and melted Monterey Jack. It was so good I almost forgot I’d told Chris he could have 3/4 instead of our usual 50/50 split. If I weren’t such a nice wife I would have eaten the whole damn thing.

As soon as we were done with dinner, we hunkered down on the couch to watch Submarine Command, a 1952 movie starring William Holden and William Bendix. The film tells the story of a Navy officer who gives the order to submerge the U.S.S. Tiger Shark submarine during his one and only day of WWII combat — an action that results in the death of his Captain and another crew member. The film was a short and easy watch, but I couldn’t help but feel like it was missing something. It’s not that it was dated; it just seemed to treat the grave topics of guilt and self-doubt rather flippantly. The tone was surprisingly upbeat and I almost didn’t notice when the captain and crew member perished because there wasn’t much of a reaction from the rest of the crew! But the movie did have a lot of cool submarine shots, and its interesting that the U.S. Navy allowed it to be filmed aboard actual Naval vessels and at various Naval installations. All in all though, my favorite submarine movie has got to be The Hunt For Red October, and tonight definitely got me in the mood to see it again.

How many of you listened to The Beatle’s Yellow Submarine today? I bet it ranks number one as “favorite sub” for a lot of you out there. Mine would have to be the Nautilus sub from Disney World’s now-retired 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride. I remember being a little kid and how frightening and thrilling it was as the boat was submerged and then attacked by a giant squid! Hey Disney — don’t you think its time to bring that one back?

I hope your green beer didn’t leave you feeling queasy — tomorrow is National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day!

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