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What & Where

Crew graffiti on the bottom of a bunk, aboard the USCGC Taney -- Baltimore, Maryland (April 2016)Sony RX1R II + Zeiss 2.0/35mm

Crew graffiti on the bottom of a bunk, aboard the USCGC Taney — Baltimore, Maryland (April 2016)
Sony RX1R II + Zeiss 2.0/35mm

Unlike my earlier quizzes, this one is a bit different.  “WHAT DID I DO WRONG ANYWAY????”  What indeed?  I’m interested in just the what and where aspect — not the who aspect.  Here is your single clue:

  • I didn’t write it.

That’s it — that’s all you get!  Have fun, and as always — there are no rules, except guess it before Tillerman walks away with the prize, like he usually does.

UPDATE: Tillerman takes it again!  Yes, it’s crew graffiti on the bottom side of a bunk.  Well done everyone!

94 thoughts on “What & Where

    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Ding, ding, ding — Ye…

      Oh no, I nearly jumped the gun there.

      No, I’m so sorry, Oh Docker, but that’s not correct. But I DO like the idea of a reinforced concrete hot air balloon.


  1. Oh Docker

    While neither a commercial or engineering success, the reinforced concrete balloon was the first to meet federal crash test guidelines for hot air balloons. And also the first to be designed by a committee.

    But this guessing is getting me nowhere. I need to begin the cold, analytical line of questioning that Tillerman uses to narrow the possibilities as quickly as possible.

    Is this writing in a state with a shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean or somewhere near a shrubbery?


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      I bet the Hindenburg was responsible for that development, wasn’t it? Oh, the huge manatee!

      I always thought Tillerman just winged it?

      Hmmm. At the time of the writing or when I took the photo? Yes… er, no to the shrubbery aspect. Uh, actually maybe.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      I suspect the writer was in some level of distress when it was written. Probably looks back and thinks it’s funny now, but then? Not so much.


    2. Elisa

      i’m stuck at a place that goes empty and full again like on a schedule, that had or has now a man that sits, he might be homeless and he collects or ask for funds possibly, there are also young ‘hoodlums’ that feel good causing trouble and poking what they call fun, however it can be cruel, there are also many indifferent folk, there is an asian woman with mid armlength hair that passes by without looking every day


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Well, duh. Of course it’s graffiti.

      But it’s not street art, or in a bathroom, or in any of the other typical places where you would expect to find such writing.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Haha — noooooo, that would be too easy, mister wise guy.

      What — specifically. Yes, it’s graffiti, but that’s not enough. Oh, yeah — I had to crop the image because the first half of the writing is a dead giveaway.

      Where — specifically. Baltimore is just a general location.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Alive today? Perhaps so. As it was shared with me, this was written about 30 years ago.

      Correct, he was writing as if he was in detention, but wasn’t actually. Probably a bit upset at the time as to his lot in life at that moment.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Haha — he probably thought so as a bit of drama, but he also had a calendar scrawled next to the writing. I’m sure that all of us have thought similarly of long, odious projects that never seem to end.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      I will give you some additional hints:

      It is in a museum, but it’s not an art museum or an art gallery.

      This museum moves once every decade.

      It was quite dark where this writing was located, and even though I have visited this EXACT location many times in the past, the writing was hidden from my eyes until I was told where to look.

      It is written upon painted metal.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Not public. But yes, a conveyance capable of moving from one place to another without assistance. Across vast distances.

      Also, when I took the photo, I had to lay upon my back to see the writing.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      YES. About time!

      What aboard a Coast Guard vessel would require me to lay upon my back and look up to see what was written above me?

      Think about it; I’m one of the crew and I’m peeved about this cruise and the duties assigned to me…


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Ding, ding, ding! Close enough!

      The crew member was on the bottom bunk and was writing on the lower surface of the one above him. Ship bunks are solid, as that is where you store your clothes and valuables, and the very thin mattress is on top of the solid metal storage compartment.

      The Taney was very active (it’s the last surviving ship of Pearl Harbor), served in Vietnam and did other duty until the very end. This guy was pissed about having to serve on the last voyage, which was to prep it for use in Baltimore as a museum ship.

      And yes, it moves once per decade to dry dock to have its bottom scraped of barnacles.


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