Another Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail?
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Author:  beamjockey [ Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:48 am ]
Post subject:  Another Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail?

If a story related by a Reddit user called TupperWolf is to be believed, at least one officer in the modern U.S. Navy upholds the proud tradition of a fictional predecessor in Heinlein's "The Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail."

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Author:  mostlyclassics [ Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Another Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail?

Great one, Bill! Thanks for the link.

Author:  DanHenderson [ Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Another Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail?

One of my best friends at work was in the Navy during the Vietnam war, and I sent this story to him. Here's his reply (and his name happens to be David Lang, remarkably similar to The Man Who Was Too Lazy To Fail (David Lamb?)):
This is a most interesting sea story... and as the old saying has it, the difference between a sea story and a fairy tale is that a sea story begins, "This is no shit," and a fairy tale begins, "Once upon a time." Other than that, the two genres are remarkably similar.

Now I am not saying I don't accept the veracity of this particular sea story. No no, not me. After all, I've told many sea stories myself. I would only like to point out that an Ops Officer in the wardroom would not have the authority to order a change of course. Indeed, the only person who does have such authority is the person who has "the conn" (command of the ship) and who is almost always on the bridge. Well, I suppose it is possible the Captain could order a change of course from the wardroom, but that is very unlikely to happen.

BTW, the ops officer, despite the title, is not in charge of the ship's operations. Rather, he is in charge of the ship's radar, radio networks, and other areas related to target-information gathering and communications. As an enlisted man, I was an Operations Specialist who reported to the Operations Officer.

But it's a great sea story. It made me laugh. Which is the whole point of any sea story. So Bravo Zulu ("well done"), sir.

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