Things I never want to do…

  
Number 252: Be a submariner.

I spent three and half claustrophobic, seasick hours watching the film “Das Boot” last night. Although it depicts the mission of a Nazi u-boat during World War II, I am sure things weren’t much  better on U.S. submarines. When watching World War II flicks I have often wondered what would have happened if I had every been drafted into the Navy. Does one “get over” seasickness? Would I have spent my tour of duty barfing my way across the  world, or would they have shipped me off to be cannon fodder in the Army?

10 thoughts on “Things I never want to do…

  1. Amy September 18, 2011 / 3:11 pm

    I don't know if you can get over seas-sickness.

    Anytime I see a movie, TV show or documentary with people on a submarine I wonder how they manage for long periods of time in such a tight, confined space that also seems totally airless. I don't know myself to be claustrophobic but just the thought of being in a sub underwater makes my skin crawl…

    Was the movie any good? I haven't seen it yet

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  2. Amanda September 18, 2011 / 3:16 pm

    Once I was I Charleston, SC visiting a naval museum. I crawled into the submarine and very quickly clawed my way out of there.

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  3. Megan September 18, 2011 / 3:36 pm

    I'll second that! I think it would take maybe an hour for me to go completely nutso crazy in a space of that size packed with other people, and I'm *not* particularly claustrophobic nor do I get particularly seasick. No thanks!

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  4. Mystica September 19, 2011 / 5:06 am

    Hope you are feeling better now!!!

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  5. Karen K. September 19, 2011 / 7:54 am

    I saw the movie years ago and it didn't bother me, but I don't know how long I could spend on a real submarine! And I don't think you get over seasickness. My husband spent four months on a Navy ship a couple of years ago — ironically, he is in the Air Force. He still can't bear the thought of a cruise or spending any extended time on a boat.

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  6. nishitak September 19, 2011 / 8:59 am

    urgh! I'm feeling nauseous just looking at the photo you posted.

    I def wouldn't be a good candidate for the navy.

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  7. pagesofjulia September 19, 2011 / 11:03 am

    +1 on being bothered just by the photo you posted! and you made it through the whole movie??

    As to your question, I have no idea but really do wonder what they would have done with you and your vomit. 🙂

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  8. Emily Barton September 19, 2011 / 12:15 pm

    Submarines would be the worst for seasickness, I think: no escape into fresh air. Then, again, I wouldn't imagine they're much affected by the waves. Based on things I've read about people being hauled off to work on whaling vessels and such, though, I think they do eventually adjust, and the seasickness ends.

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  9. Nan September 19, 2011 / 12:16 pm

    I'm with you, Thomas. I knew a young man who was on a sub and got into a fight and had to go to anger management. How can anyone not fight under such conditions? I went on a whale watch with my daughter's class years ago, and physically speaking, the seasickness is the worst thing I've ever endured. I threw upandupandupandup. At least I was in a bathroom. Kids were throwing up over the side of the boat and it splashed back. More info than you want to know. Sorry.

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  10. Ti September 19, 2011 / 1:21 pm

    I believe you can get over seasickness at some point, but it could take a very long time.

    I would hate to be on a submarine for all sorts of reasons. The seasickness is way up at the top, but I don't care for all that forced closeness and the idea that water is all around me. I'd never be able to read down there.

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