I was down the engine room today working. You know how you get that feeling that someone is looking at you? I had that feeling, I turned and was startled to see Captain Jack standing there with a cup of fresh coffee, for me.
Why is this note worthy you might ask.
#1- Captains very rarely venture away from the wheelhouse to visit the engine room. It's noisy and dirty down there.
#2- Captains never deliver fresh coffee, to anyone. Part of their job description is to call the galley any time of the day or night, and tell any person who answers the phone to bring HIM some coffee.
Today, Jack handed me my coffee, and with a sly grin on his face said, "I just made up a Christmas song."
I just looked at him, quizzically
"You want to hear it," he asked excitedly. "Sure," I responded.
He proceeded to sing me his song, to the tune of "Rudolf the red nosed reindeer", spoofing one of our crew members.
As he walked up the stairs from the engine room, I thought, "How good do I have it?
My middle daughter recently got engaged. He's a Marine. He'll be deployed soon to Afghanistan.
Makes me look at this far off war we're fighting, in a different light.
A few months ago while on a different boat, in a different location, one of the items to buy on our grocery list was Sunscreen. Today I saw our list mentioned snow shovels. Yuck.
I'm hoping someone lists a Corvette on Ebay, and forgets to have a reserve price.
Tip. If your having a work related Christmas party at your house, it is not appropriate for your immediate boss to take it upon himself to invite other people..to YOUR house. I'm just saying.
There is this saying on boats, well at least I say it, that there is never the "perfect crew." In all the years I've done this job, there was always ONE GUY. Either he didn't do his job, which affected everyone else. Or he was just a miserable SOB, or he didn't shower. There was always something. It made for entertaining stories for my wife as I would vent to her after I got home.
But for the past 7 months since I've joined this crew, this is the first time in 36 years I can say I'm with the perfect crew. Don't get me wrong, they're not perfect, like me, everyone has their quirks. But this is the most enjoyable crew I have ever worked with. And they all shower too.
That's why there is a gift under our little Christmas tree for each one of them. I've never done that before.
In closing, I saw the rock and roll hall of Fame concert on TV when I was home. Crosby Stills and Nash performed. They were a favorite of mine 30 years ago. David Crosby's look is the same as when he performed at Woodstock in 1969.
He should change it.