Coffee Mug from the Stumps


Generally, Twenty-nine Palms is referred to as “Twenty-nine Stumps,” by most Grunts stationed there, either temporarily or on permanent station. And it’s pretty true as there isn’t a palm tree anywhere to be seen for miles.

But this is an aside. This morning my son, Kyle was helping me move some stuff around when he found an old coffee mug from those days.

While sent there to do some stateside training, I was invited to a “lonely hearts club” of sorts called “The Single Marine Program.” I thought I was jus’ being polite by turning out for this new program.

You have to remember, this was years ago and I’m sure the program has improved drastically from when it first started. But back in those days, it’s organization left a lot to be desired.

Personally, I had no idea what to expect. But what I did find was a group of horny Jarheads swilling beer in the back room of the NCO club. Worse yet, there wasn’t a woman in sight.

Not even the cocktail waitresses were brave enough to walk through the room! And I can’t say as I blame them.

While I attended only two or maybe three times, I did get the plastic coffee mug out of having been there. Today it is cracked and brittle and I don’t think it would hold much of anything let alone hot, black coffee.

Thinking back on it, it’s kind of funny that a Marine Corps “drinking club” would hand out coffee cups as a gift for attending.

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