On the sixth day of our training delivery, we had been holed up in Hampton for a few days while waiting for a fair weather window to round Cape Hatteras. The past three days were spent troubleshooting a battery charging issue as a group. Four minds, three days, two strong cold fronts, and one tight saloon.
I realized we were getting to know each other quite well when, during our routine morning muster Marc raised his hand, “Can I ask a serious question, but with bit of comic relief?”
“Oh Boy,” I thought.
“According to our Ships Articles,” Marc held up the shipboard culture goals we outlined as a crew on the first day when we met each other and moved aboard, “it says ’Please sit to Pee’. I understand why this important, but I’m still confused about how to effectively do so without getting drips on the seat. I’m hoping for some coaching.”
We all burst out laughing, something we had been doing a lot the past few days. Then we went on to troubleshoot “going potty” like we troubledshooted the battery problem, hitting all the key points such as; toilet paper technique, toilet size ratio, wave height, and other variables.
After three days of troubleshooting, our batteries are now charging, our toilet seats are dry, and our laugh tank is full.
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