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bhisti boys - was Re: [at-l] My Year 2000 Springer Pack List

Reposted, just in case anybody missed it the first time (and just when I was 
wondering why we have a Bucky):

>From: "Bucky" <mfuller@somtel.com>
>To: "AT-L" <at-l@backcountry.net>
>Subject: Re: [at-l] My Year 2000 Springer Pack List
>Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 22:17:42 -0500
>I can't believe Solar Bear wrote:
> > This will probably gross some of you out, but my very light collapsible 
> > pee bottle doubles as a water bottle during the day.  It's not the 
> > but on a hot day when I need to carry two liters, I just rinse it out 
> > fill it up.
>You may talk o' gin and beer
>When you're quartered safe out 'ere,
>An' you're sent to penny-hikes an' Aldershot it;
>But when it comes to thru-hikes
>You will do your work on water,
>An' you'll lick the bloomin' boots of 'im that's got it.
>In App'latia's sunny clime,
>Where I used to spend my time
>A-servin' of 'Er Majesty the Queen,
>Of all them tutued crew
>The finest man I knew
>Was our regimental bhisti, Solar Bear.
>       He was "Bear! Bear! Bear!
>   You limpin' lump o' brick-dust, Solar Bear!
>       Hi! slippery hitherao!
>       Water, get it!  Panee lao!
>   You squidgy-nosed old idol, Solar Bear."
>The Polartec 'e wore
>Was nothin' much before,
>An' rather less than 'arf o' that be'ind,
>For a piece o' twisty rag
>An' a collaps'ble water-bag
>Was all the field-equipment 'e could find.
>When the sweatin' hikers lay
>In a shelter through the day,
>Where the 'eat would make your bloomin' eyebrows crawl,
>We shouted "Harry By!"
>Till our throats were bricky-dry,
>Then we wopped 'im 'cause 'e couldn't serve us all.
>       It was "Bear! Bear! Bear!
>   You 'eathen, where the mischief 'ave you been?
>       You put some juldee in it
>       Or I'll marrow you this minute
>   If you don't fill up my helmet, Solar Bear!"
>'E would dot an' carry one
>Till the longest day was done;
>An' 'e didn't seem to know the use o' fear.
>If we yogied or hitched or cut,
>You could bet your bloomin' nut,
>'E'd be waitin' fifty paces right flank rear.
>With 'is plat'pus on 'is back,
>'E would skip with our attack,
>An' watch us till the bugles made "Retire",
>An' for all 'is dirty 'ide
>'E was white, clear white, inside
>When 'e went to tend the wounded under fire!
>       It was "Bear! Bear! Bear!"
>   With the bullets kickin' dust-spots on the green.
>       When the cartridges ran out,
>       You could hear the front-files shout,
>   "Hi! ammunition-mules an' Solar Bear!"
>I shan't forgit the night
>When I dropped be'ind the fight
>With a bullet where my belt-plate should 'a' been.
>I was chokin' mad with thirst,
>An' the man that spied me first
>Was our good old grinnin', gruntin' Solar Bear.
>'E lifted up my 'ead,
>An' he plugged me where I bled,
>An' 'e guv me 'arf-a-pint o' water-yellow:
>It was crawlin' and it stunk,
>But of all the drinks I've drunk,
>I'm gratefullest to one from Solar Bear.
>       It was "Bear! Bear! Bear!
>   'Ere's a beggar with a bullet through 'is spleen;
>       'E's chawin' up the ground,
>       An' 'e's kickin' all around:
>   For Gawd's sake git the water, Solar Bear!"
>'E carried me away
>To where a dooli lay,
>An' a bullet come an' drilled the beggar clean.
>'E put me safe inside,
>An' just before 'e died,
>"I 'ope you liked your drink", sez Solar Bear.
>So I'll meet 'im later on
>At the place where 'e is gone --
>Where it's always double drill and no canteen;
>'E'll be squattin' on the coals
>Givin' drink to poor damned souls,
>An' I'll get a swig in hell from Solar Bear!
>       Yes, Bear! Bear! Bear!
>   You Lazarushian-leather Solar Bear!
>       Though I've belted you and flayed you,
>       By the livin' Gawd that made you,
>   You're a better man than I am, Solar Bear!
>mfuller@somtel.com; Northern Franklin County, Maine         $
>The Constitution is the white man's ghost shirt.  }>:-/> --->
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