THE S. S. ADMIRAL - MY BRIEF GIG
Photo by Tom Kempland
When I was in college, I briefly worked on the S.S. Admiral.
I worked in a fairly large office that had a massive safe.
The first night on the job, I listened as other people answered the phone saying, "Purser's office." I thought they were saying first floor office.
Wouldn't you know, the phone rang while I was in the room alone. I answered, First floor office!
I was treated to a moment of silence then heard crabby Captain Streckfus bellow in my ear: This is a ship! There aren't floors on a ship, its a deck! You are in the First Deck Purser's Office!
My hair was standing up. Not knowing what else to do I hung up on him.
Oh, but it felt sweet.