I'm neither thin-skinned nor particularly sensitive, but I've been getting offended by the VHF radio chatter lately in NY harbor. There's way too much cursing, complaining and general bitchery going on these past few months.
Given a long enough timeline, it's possible to identify Chatty Cathys on the squawk box. Generally speaking, the most foul mouthed crybabies have local accents, and this is interesting to me in that New Yorkers have a reputation for being tough, yet if one were to listen to the VHF in NY harbor, you'd hear a lot of cussing, complaining about people who aren't working at the moment, and crying and wailing about having to work. This last part offends the living shit out of me, as there's plenty of professionals out there who would give their left nut to be making a couple hundred bucks a day corralling scows, moving barges and assisting ships, and yet like a bunch of hysterical 13-year-old girls, the radio chatter consists of calling people who aren't there bad names, complaining about having to work, and lots of 'fucken' (The NY way of saying Fucking, I guess) as adjective, verb, and noun. This is where I miss the radio discipline of Boston Harbor, where if you talk non-business for more than 30 seconds, people will all start clicking the mikes and 'stepping' on you until you get the idea and quiet down, and then curse you once you do for being disruptive.
Anyhow, like I said, I'm not thin skinned. I have a foul mouth myself when my wife's not around. I also try to be professional at work, and calling my deckhand a 'fatherless faggot' on the VHF for refusing to jump a 6-foot gap between two barges at night is a little over the top. I simply wish that someone would release some AIDS and rabid bats (who also have AIDS) in the wheelhouse of the double handful of whiny bitches who can't shut the hell up for 2 minutes and do their goddamned job without getting on the VHF and telling the world their stupid, undereducated opinions about everything. I don't want to hear it, New York. STFU and do your job, and use the VHF as a tool, not a fucken' pacifier, you big babies, you.
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