Phases of the moon (Roscoe)

Roscoe brings up an interesting scientific question about the moon. In case you are wondering, here is a link that will answer the question for you: http://museumvictoria.com.au/planetarium/discoverycentre/faqs/moon-phases-on-other-side-of-earth/

Letter transcription:

Nov. 13, 1942

Dear Mother,

Just about 1700 or ½ hour before Chow. This was my P.M. off and again all I’ve done is sprawl on my bunk and finally took a bath. Nice bath and fine rest. I can’t say anything about the weather other than the sun is still very very hot and I don’t believe there was a cloud in the sky today – Just the clear blue all day long with the saving feature – The breeze. It’s really more than a breeze almost a gale. When making that ambulance trip the other night I noticed the moon shining over the water and it just reminded me of the South Sea Islands we often read about. I believe the romance that is often referred to the South Sea is true, but needless to say it is wasted on a bunch of stags but one can still dream.

Mail came today but I was the little man who wasn’t there. Not even a V-mail. It’s sorta disappointing but not your fault. I think they just grab a bunch and if

[page 2] mine isn’t there it is too bad. Some letters were dated as late as Nov. 2. So we do keep up, but I didn’t score. And all those letters that I was supposed to get about David’s arrival have never showed up. Not even a one. I believe you said Dorothy wrote an air mail and Uncle Wes & others but none have arrived. That space of about 4-5 days has never arrived. I’m going to chow – and it may be 8:00 or 9:00 before I finish.

Planes Blast Enemy's Ships (UP - November 13, 1942)

Planes Blast Enemy’s Ships

Again – It’s not as late as I expected. Now 7:45 P.M. Got the news and according to our source it’s just a repeat over last night. Locally we have none to be given.

There is one thing I’ve wondered about for a long time. Whether the moon is in the same phase there as here. It’s beginning to get about ½ moon here now. Of course by the time you get this you will have no way to check on it. Maybe I can get a penna alamanac. That probably is spelled wrong, but you know what I mean. I’m afraid things would be different here than there.

[page 3] So far this Eve I have thought of nothing to ask for but as things come along I’ll probably be asking for them. I saw some more Christmas cards yesterday – 3 for one two dollar – but I’m too much of a Scotch to even pay that. They are nothing but water colored pictures on a piece of folded drawing paper. And a fellow bought a boor’s tusk – which was polished and paid better than $15⁰⁰ for it for his wife. He wouldn’t say how much but he did say it amounted to more than $15. I can’t see that maybe I’m still hard hearted. I’ll send the do-re-me and you can by [buy] a good Dress for that.

We are spending the Eve in the lighted mess recreation hall because the mosquitoes are pretty bad but the wind is blowing so hard they are all blown away or should be.

Will proceed with the news tomorrow
Lots of Love
Daddy

©2013 copyright owned and written by Deborah Sweeney

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2 thoughts on “Phases of the moon (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    LOL: 🙂 “I believe the romance that is often referred to the South Sea is true, but needless to say it is wasted on a bunch of stags but one can still dream.”

    Wow, this was too bad: “And all those letters that I was supposed to get about David’s arrival have never showed up.”

    This is very much a 1940s idiom for money–I haven’t heard it in a long time: “I’ll send the do-re-me…” Wise move: sending mother $15 for a dress…rather than buying her a boor’s tusk! 🙂

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