Do you remember that advertising slogan? You should if you were stationed in Norfolk anytime before the early 1970's. The "Big O" Naval Tailors was a landmark on the "Strip" in Norfolk. Admiral Tausig Avenue was a two lane street, with bars, cheap jewelry stores, and a couple of Naval Tailors, biggest of all, was the "Big O". I bought my first set of gabardine Blues there. Had liberty cuffs and everything!! I was hot sh#t!! Or, at least I thought I was. I had a locker there also. Why a locker, because we could not wear civilian clothes on or off the ship! Chiefs and Officers could, but not enlisted personnel. So, we would leave the ship in a dress uniform, go to our "Locker Club" and change into some civilian clothes, go on liberty, get drunk, go back to the "Locker Club", try to get our dress uniform on correctly, and walk back to the ship! Sounds bad, but it was a lot of fun!! I guess you just had to be part of the Navy at that time to appreciate it. But, that was the Navy I joined. What about you?
Today, Admiral Tausig Blvd is a four lane divided street. There are no bars, no "Locker Clubs" and no rip off jewelry stores. That may be better for our "Blue Jackets". But I really miss the old "Strip". It was an adventure.