I don’t like golf.
Not when I have to play 18 holes of it with Admiral Starke. He even thought I let him win, and scolded me! Me, win? Since
when have I ever won a round of golf? I’m arguably the worst player ever. Ask Chip! Ask Harry! I only do it for the
exercise, fresh air, and companionship with my friends. And Starke, despite his wanting to be my friend, isn’t.
I don’t know what’s
gotten in to him. Suddenly my nemesis is all chummy and frankly he’s driving
To top that off, it’s
making Harry a bit mift. As if it’s my fault! I’m afraid we had an
argument when I finally pulled my sailboat in and bid adieu to our visiting Admiral. Did
he have to wave cheerfully and tell me he’d treat me tomorrow for breakfast at Perkins?
Now, Perkins is a kind
of special place for Harry and me. It’s not often we pig out at the breakfast buffet, but when we do it’s like
leaving all our cares and troubles behind. It’s something for friends and
family. And I don’t have a clue on how Starke learned of it.
Chip’s going to
try to find out what he can from Joe about Starke, but he’s unavailable, and I’m not only stuck with breakfast,
but also a game of tennis after! And I’m even worse at tennis than golf! Captain Bligh had better not think for one
instant that I’m letting him win. And I’ve even asked Patterson, who’s pretty good at both games, for some
pointers. I want to cream old blood and guts. And I’ve even asked Chip and Nelson to join us. For breakfast, for Tennis,
and for whatever else Starke entraps me for.
You’d think he’d
still be a thorn in my side since my mutiny. But I guess electromagnetic radiation and giant jellyfishes have slipped his mind. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t hauled off on charges after I saved the boat after all. ( Chief Jones said that was because it would
have been a bit odd to give a medal to someone being court martialed.) No medal, none wanted. I simply did my job.
Now if I can only get
somebody to distract Starke for the remainder of his two weeks leave that he’s spending in Santa Barbara. Or perhaps I can request a special assignment from ONI? Joe’s off doing something, perhaps he needs