Where’s Ray? Has anybody heard from Ray? Ray’s Missing! Call 911, issue an amber alert, alert the media, call out the National Guard! Like a claxon sounding in the middle of the night, the word went out. Mike Donegan had noticed that noted bon viveant, Ray D. Bean had been absent from the message board for some time. Mike quickly organized a relief effort to be mounted from the Bay Area. Selecting a party of favorites, Mike quickly loaded the trunk of his land yacht with an ample supply of Ripple, Red Dagger and Mad Dog to revive Ray. The engine of the mighty Buick roared to life and Mike’s party zoomed to the northeast, determined to free Ray from the icy grasp of the Canadian prairie.
At the border,
Canadian Mounties saw the odd caravan approach. After noting the empty casks and
bottles in the trunk and the appearance and condition of the occupants of the
Buick, they quickly deduced that this party would present a clear and present
danger to the fauna of the Canadian arctic. Mike was turned away. Mike could
have spared himself the time and effort of the relief expedition because Ray was
not missing. Ray knew exactly where he was at any point in time. Ray announced
that he had suffered “computer problems”. Yeh, sure Ray. In reality Ray was
just paying one last visit to an aircraft carrier in 2005 before winter locked
him into his igloo until next spring.
After a slight
mishap upon arrival, Ray quickly melded in with the crew of the carrier. The
captain quickly dispatched an official greeting party with orders to take Ray to
his new accommodations. However, Ray could not be found. Where’s Ray? Has
anybody heard from Ray? Ray’s missing! Alert the Fleet! A ship wide search was
conducted to find Ray but he was not to be found. Ray didn’t mean to be
missing, as he was just giving the captain a chance to have Ray’s damaged
aircraft repaired. Ray actually spent most of his time on the deck, amid a sea
of different colored uniforms and helmets.
Towards the end of
his stay, the Marines adopted Ray as the ship’s mascot. Quite often Ray would
lead the Marines in their morning physical training. Finally, as the carrier
neared port, Ray decided it was time to fly off. He had notified his kids before
leaving and thought that they might be worried back in
The question still
remains as to how Ray managed to avoid the captain’s greeting party so long.
The answer is simple. He simply donned his personal deck helmet and blended in
with the deck crew. The question is: Which of the following shells hid the Bean?