Sailors are philosophers at heart

“He saw the cities of many men and knew their manners” — Homer, “the Odyssey”

 

I was never very good at hiding aboard ship. Consequently, I usually got stuck with all the extra little jobs that the other junior officers seemed to avoid: mess treasurer, top secret publications accountability officer, lifeboat drill safety officer, controlled medications inventory officer, etc.

 

You name it; I got it. The upside, however, was that I was generally “in the know” about what was going on.

 

Probably the strangest collateral duty I ever had was on this guided missile cruiser where the Old Man made me his “Official Historian and Travel Commentator.”

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