One time when I was home on leave, I was excitedly telling my parents of some of my more PG rated adventures on my first WESTPAC. That’s when I learned I didn’t talk normal anymore. My Mom asked me this, “Are you ever going to talk normal again?” I think I may introduce a Navy phrase of the week. This week’s is going to be shellback. A shellback is a sailor who has crossed the Equator. There are variations such as golden shellback, for crossing the Equator and International Dateline simultaneously. Shellbacks carry a guard, get a certificate, and some of the more old school wear a turtle tattoo on their legs, as a hat tip to the old phrase show some leg. Any sailor who has not yet crossed the equator is a slimy polliwog, and subject to much derision from shellbacks.