Monday, April 11, 2016

'I' is for 'It's Not Just A Job'



FULL DISCLOSURE:  The following is a paid advertisement.  Oh, who am I kidding?  Nobody's paying me to inflict a little shameless self-promotion and crass commercialism on you.  Further, if you've been visiting Penwasser Place for a couple of years, you've already heard this.  So, feel free to take today off.  Or have another look at Saturday's post-you did read it, didn't you?  Or look at blogs written by talented people.

    For those who may be new followers or have unwittingly blundered off the exit ramp of the information superhighway, please allow me to introduce It's Not Just A Job.
Page Numbers Not Included
    It's Not Just A Job (hereafter referred to INJAJ  because acronyms are hip and with it.  And it's tiring to type with just two fingers) is the true story of when I enlisted in the US Navy in 1976. 

 
Where the drinking age was 18.
When I was 18.
Awesome.
   Adopting a First Person Point of View (meaning I write "I" a lot...I rarely get more sophisticated than that), INJAJ takes the unsuspecting reader on a journey through recruit training in Illinois to technical school in Tennessee before finally ending in some sort of lame cliffhanger on a pier in Norfolk, Virginia.


    Never fear, though, because I also wrote a sequel last year, titled It's An Adventure (isn't it fantastic that both titles start with "I" so I can use them in only one A-Z Challenge post?  It's like I planned it that way*).

    Picking up exactly where INJAJ  left off, IAA (do I need to
"Wonder if they've noticed I'm not there?"
explain the acronym?) takes the reader (who really should know what they've gotten themselves into by now) through a saga of three years aboard an American aircraft carrier.  


    
Without the dick part.
    



Complete with riveting tales of flight operations, exotic ports of call, and waking up in a pillowcase, this book has rapidly taken its place alongside nautical classics such as Moby Dick**.

  
It also has that which its predecessor lacked:  hookers.
But, nothing really came out of it.
Yeah.
Couldn't even score with hookers.  

The reason why should be obvious.
    As a way on injecting an unabashed freedom with an uninhibited narrative (translation: ensuring I don't get sued), the only real name I use in both of these works is my own.
I mean my real real name.  
NOTE:  No lenses in the frames.
And I wasn't wearing pants.
    So, if you're looking to piss away a few dollars, might I suggest
"But, if you have a few bucks left over,
can you send them my way?
I'll need bus fare to Cleveland.
Which is a real kick in the pants.
Since I'm governor and all."
sending a contribution to the John Kasich presidential campaign?  


    Or, you can buy either of these books on Amazon.  What better way to feel superior to anyone?    


*I didn't.

**Wildly untrue


Almost forgot to include this.
See how I included the title of the first book into the title of this one?
Yeah, that's how we clever fuckers roll.

26 comments:

  1. I've been meaning to tell you that I finally, finally started It's An Adventure. Sorry it took me so long. I love your wit (hopefully you know this by now) and depth (and I don't mean anything sexual by that, though I'm SURE Ms. Penwasser never complains about your depths either).

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  2. YAH congrats on your book! I can't wait to read it because you are full on funny and I'm sure your journey is quite interesting.

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    1. It really did have hookers.
      Which never panned out (thankfully).
      And falling asleep in a pillowcase.

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  3. Do you know what Moby Dicks' father's name was...Poppa Boner!

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  4. Did Moby Dick manage to score some hookers?
    Well played. I hang my head in shame that I did not exploit my C and D posts more...

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  5. It's a worthy plug and an adventure following you.

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    1. No plugs were used in the writing of this Navy adventure.
      Although, there WILL be a sequel.

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  6. With how big true stories of soldiers are I'm really surprised those books never really took off more. I guess you should have become a sniper or something. Still major congratulations on getting not one, not two, but three books written. Let's not forget about Shag Carpet Toilet.

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    1. Funny you should mention that. This summer, I come in from the sea and start writing the prequel to SCT, which I plan on calling, "St. Stan's: Tales From the Penguin Academy."

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  7. You beat the cat to the shameless promotion, 2 in one too, well done indeed.

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    1. Yeah, I have no shame.
      Exhibit A: Pictures of me.

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  8. You're nothing if not clever. That was intended as a compliment but re-reading it, I wonder.... Ha!

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    1. Well, I'm pretty close to nothing.
      Actually, YOU'RE more talented than I. You write engaging stories without needing to resort to a plethora of pictures (like you see here).

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  9. INJAJ is a very cool acronym. Well done on the promotion. INJAJ is forever engrained in my head. (Now if I could only remember what it stands for. ;-))

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    1. I guess it could be pronounced "Injaj."
      Sounds pretty exotic.

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  10. Funny how he's still in the race despite not being able to win mathematically. I hear he hopes to let the GOP leadership give the nomination to him at a contested convention.

    Even more wrong, Bernie Sanders won the Wyoming primary and Hillary got more delegates. What kind of math is that?

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  11. I have that book. I don't the second one yet. I still plan to do so.

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  12. I laughed. I cried. I kissed a sawbuck goodbye.

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  13. Any reason to plug the book is a good reason

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  14. I think it's perfect to showcase your books on your I post. Love your pics.

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  15. I was intrigued by the introduction so I checked this post even though I is so last week! πŸ˜‰ I was not disappointed! What a hilarious introduction to your epic tales 😊 Thank you!

    Andrea from Music & Words blog
    Volunteer in Damyanti's D Company #atozchallenge

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  16. I was intrigued by the introduction so I checked this post even though I is so last week! πŸ˜‰ I was not disappointed! What a hilarious introduction to your epic tales 😊 Thank you!

    Andrea from Music & Words blog
    Volunteer in Damyanti's D Company #atozchallenge

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    1. This competition is so tough because you have no idea what's out there.

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