I thought a sea story might be appropriate to my first post here on The Flight Deck.
When I finished my apprenticeship training, I had orders the the Vinson.Â She was already underway.Â I proceeded to travel from the US to the Philippines. Was bumped off a flight to Singapore and instead ended up on a flight to Diego Garcia.Â From there, I was loaded with a few others onto a Greyhound and we flew to the boat.
I was taken to the ships personnel department and there told that I would work for the air department.Â I was taken to the air department office and there told that I would be working in the V-2 division.Â I was taken to the V-2 office.
As I stood just inside the doorway of the office, and the various powers that be discussed my work center, one of the officers sitting at a desk looked over and asked, “What do you weigh Peck?”Â It seemed an odd question but I was so overwhelmed, not to mention unused to speaking with an actual officer that I stuttered back, “180 sir.”
He looked at me with a bit of a frown and said, “180 pounds of mail we could have had on that COD and we got you instead.”
I try to keep that memory fresh – helps keep the old ego in check.