#NaPoWriMo2016 – Day 22

Peter Principle

I left college, joined the Navy,
went to Great Lakes to learn
how to become a machinist’s mate –
pumps, valves, condensers,
generators, heat exchangers, rust,
crud in high pressure piping.
Propulsion engineering.

Nuke school. Orlando. Classes 8 hours.
Homework 6 hours. In between,
Star Trek, Kung Fu, Navy chow.

My first boat sent me to a school
to learn metrology, measuring and
calibration. Standards. Pressure gages,
pressure switches, thermostats,
thermometers. Bow to stern.

My second boat sent me to a course
to become a submarine QA inspector.
Quality assurance on subsafe systems.
Deep submergence. Lots of paper.
Tons of paperwork. Save the ship.

At my enlistment’s end, my boat
put me in for a commissioning
program. College. summa cum laude.
Tallahassee. Newport. Mayport. Then
I learned how to swim with sharks.


Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian, archivist-in-training, retired foreign service officer and Navy veteran.

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