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.”