An Ensign was sitting his first qualification board for Officer of the Deck at sea. After several hours of watching the young officer answer difficult questions from the members of the board, the ship’s Captain decided to finish off the board by placing the Ensign in a completely hypothetical emergency situation. “What would you do if a sudden storm sprang up on the starboard side?” he asked.
“Throw out an anchor, Sir,” the Ensign replied.
“And what would you do if another storm sprang up aft?”
“I’d throw out another anchor, Captain.”
“And if another terrific storm sprang up forward, what would you do then?” asked the Captain.
“Throw out another anchor, Sir,” the Ensign said.
“Hold on,” said the Captain. “Where are you getting all those anchors from?”
The Ensign smiled. “From the same place you’re getting all those storms, Sir.”