bill_schubert

Kismet

Many years ago I was stationed in Alameda.  Somehow I was fortunate enough to get military housing in this nice little pocket Naval Base at Pt Molate.  The base was made up of some fuel tanks and about 28 small two bedroom historically protected houses.  The houses were built in the early 1900s for the vineyard workers.  The Naval base was originally a working vineyard.  In WWII it was secretly converted into a fuel depot and was still functioning as such when my wife and two rugrats moved into one of the houses.

The base was run by a junior supply officer and had a cross section of a very few junior officers and mostly enlisted families.  This was in the fall of 1984 and into the spring of 1985.  The Navy still traded around reel to reel movies.  Each base and ship typically had two movies.  These were not always first run but occasionally they were pretty recent.  There was a huge market in trading the better ones for the dogs.  The Supply Officer was in charge of movies and, in the last days of pre Internet, he was in charge of movie night.  I can remember only one and I don't recall what the movie was but several of the families popped popcorn and walked down to the main building to watch the movie projected in a small room on a fairly small screen.  It was wonderful.

We were there for Halloween and I had a tape of scary sounds blasting from our porch loud enough to be heard across the community.  When the woman started screaming we were standing in the adult group, beers in hand, and someone said 'sure sound like she's enjoying it more than afraid of it'.  The screams sounded a lot more like a porn than horror flick  Wonderful night.

Today I had a customer on the phone who lived near Travis AFB.  I said "I used to live near where you are on a little Naval base called Pt Molate" knowing she would have never heard of it.  She said, "I used to be in the Navy and my job was to maintain the oil storage facility at Pt Molate".  We were both stunned.  Not a dozen people alive today were there at that time and here were two of us on the phone together.

Kismet.  Also, I fixed her issue.  So all good.

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