All is right with the world

You'll be happy to know that it is not the wild wild west out here.  Young Second Mate's are not allowed to sass-mouth.  The law of the sea remains intact....the Captain is still in charge.  I received my very first letter of warning.  For the record....I've never been to the principals office.  I graduated from Maine Maritime Academy with not one demerit to my name.  My shipmates assure me that this a rite of passage....that everyone gets one or they just aren't salty.  I think they are just saying that so I don't start roaming the passageways at night looking for a fire axe.  I almost cried....but then I didn't....because at the end of the day there is still 'NO crying on tankers'!