By Popo Ott
The Times 

The Red Carpet Treatment

Just Vignettes by Popo Ott


I call this series “Just Vignettes” because that’s what they are, just short snapshots of things that have happened to me or have been told to me. I can vouch the stories you read here are mostly true.

The officers of the USS Missouri were in a fit of excitement and activity. In preparation for the arrival of a distinguished visitor, the quarterdeck was to be laid with a red carpet, a normal adornment for such occasions. Now, unbelievably, the carpet was missing from the Bosun’s locker.

Why would anyone purloin the red carpet? What could they possibly do with it? These questions w...

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