This department has had two characteristics setting him apart from others. First, he cranked the sound-powered phone handle so vigorously, it gave a loud, shrill ring. Second, he believed firmly that others could not do their jobs properly. While sitting in the wardroom one day in port, he spotted a flashing light coming from the naval station. Up he sprang, spilling coffee and knocking over his chair to get to the phone. Moments passed before the signals bridge answered.
"Are you answering the signal?" he asked. "No sir," the bridge replied.
"And why not!?"
"I was, sir, but I had to stop and answer the phone."
Silence and a quick departure marked the last time the officer called the signal bridge.