I have been recruited as "Morale Officer". I believe this harkens back to my crimes against happiness recognized in Leg 5 during the shellback ceremony (I was much too happy). But just because I seem to be able to find enthusiasm in almost any situation arising on the boat doesn't mean I know how to arouse it in others, other than by example perhaps. So, I embrace this opportunity as a way to develop this important team building skill. Fortunately, I have a partner in crime. Her name is Jen. She is South African, raised for a time in Oregon and living in the UK. Her indefatigable bubbly exuberance lends a cheerful air to whatever goes on at any time. Our task is to develop a "Happy Hour" activity each day. Happy hour starts at 11:30 when lunch is served and eaten together on deck. It is a time each day that skipper and both watches can be together and review our accomplishments of the recent 24 hours and plan for what's next. The activity follows "Any other business", often during which time grievances are aired (in the constructive form of helpful reminders for happy group functioning). Despite the lack of toilet seats on board (leave it up or down?), these comments more often than not relate to hygiene in the "head" (replace the toilet paper, pee like a girl, etc.), a fact that has itself become a bit of a joke. Which makes a nice lead in to the activity. We have big shoes to fill. Multi-Legger Tony was the original moral officer, and when he left the boat, it left a huge void. A memorable event, I've been told, involved removing socks and boots for toe wrestling. Today's activity will feature crew mate Elaine, who will lead us in a brief celebration of Star Wars Day. Read this part out loud: MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU. Happy Star Wars Day!
P.S. How many ClipperTelemedies does it take to blow up a Death Star? Answer: One - It was Elaine!