Apollo Down Range Trip I   was   flying   on   Lt.   Col.   Charles   Hyde's   plane,   when   we   got   to   Fiji,   the   other   ARIA and   the   C-141   with   the   maintenance   team,   were   not   going   to   catch   up   with   us   till the   next   day.   Charlie   ask   if   I   would   mind   staying   at   the   motel   with   the   flight   crew since   he   had   to   pay   for   all   of   the   rooms   they   had   reserved   there.   Otherwise   he would   have   to   pay   for   me   a   room   at   the   motel   the   enlisted   men   usually   stayed   at.   I said "no problem." The   next   morning   I   shaved,   packed   up   my   shaving   gear   in   my   ditty   bag,   had breakfast   with   the   crew   chief   and   his   assistant   and   drove   to   the   airport,   after   we launched   Charlie's   plane   we   went   back   to   the   motel   to   brush   our   teeth,   pack   up and move to the other motel. The   motel   consisted   of   three   buildings,   the   office   building   which   included   the restaurant/bar   and   an   equipment   room,   and   two   buildings   with   the   rooms,   two stories   each.   We   were   on   the   second   floor   of   the   building   that   was   up   the   hill   from the office. When   I   got   to   my   room   my   razor   was   beside   the   sink   and   had   hair   on   it,   I   picked   it up   and   started   to   go   to   the   manager's   office   when   the   crew   chief   ask   where   I   was going,   I   told   him   what   happened   and   said   I   was   going   to   get   the   manager   to   buy me   a   new   razor.   When   I   got   to   the   office   I   told   the   girl   I   needed   to   talk   to   the manager,   she   ask   what   room   I   was   in   and   I   told   her,   she   pulled   it   up   on   the computer   and   on   the   intercom   told   the   manager   Sgt.   Padgett   wanted   to   speak   to him, he said send him in. He   said   "What   can   I   do   for   you   Sgt.   Padgett."   I   explained   to   him   what   happened and   he   said   "What   do   you   expect   me   to   do   about   it"?   I   said   "Buy   me   a   new   razor." When   he   quit   laughing   I   said   "Does   that   mean   you   are   not   going   to   buy   me   a   new razor"?   He   said   "Sgt.   Padgett   that   is   just   one   of   the   hazards   of   staying   in   a   hotel."   I thanked him, laid my razor on his desk and walked out. I   went   to   the   car   and   got   my   tool   pouch   out   of   the   trunk   and   walked   back   up   the hill   to   my   room.   The   crew   chief   was   standing   on   the   balcony   and   ask   what   the manager   said,   I   told   him   and   said   he'd   might   as   well   go   inside   and   listen   to   the music. He said "What are you doing with your tools"? I said "I have work to do." There   was   no   TV   but   they   had   six   stations   of   music   that   you   could   select   from   to listen   to.   The   outlets   in   the   room   were   European   style,   two   slots   that   took   round plugs   and   each   one   had   a   switch   to   turn   it   on   and   off   with,   I   believe   it   was   220V.   I turned   all   of   them   off,   and   on   each   one   except   the   one   under   the   music   console,   I shorted   out   with   safety   wire   then   turned   them   on   and   blew   the   fuse   in   it.   The music   console   was   built   into   the   wall   and   went   through   to   the   next   room,   it   had   a speaker   and   a   switch   with   six   positions   on   it   to   select   the   station   you   wanted   to listen to. Carefully   so   as   to   not   scratch   it,   I   took   out   the   six   screws   that   were   holding   the front   of   the   cabinet   and   pulled   it   out   from   the   cabinet.   I   jumpered   one   side   of   the outlet   to   the   common   wire   for   the   music,   I   jumpered   the   other   side   of   the   outlet   to the   number   one   position   on   the   selector   switch.   When   I   turned   on   the   outlet,   the wire   started   smoking   and   the   insulation   started   melting   until   the   wire   burned   into somewhere   then   I   turned   off   the   outlet   and   did   the   same   thing   to   all   six   positions on   the   switch.   Carefully   I   put   the   screws   back   in   and   wrapped   electrical   tape   sticky side   out   around   my   hand   and   picked   up   some   sawdust   that   fell   out   of   the   console when   I   removed   the   front   of   it,   I   took   a   towel   and   wiped   off   the   cabinet,   no fingerprints, then blew the fuse in the last outlet. I   gathered   up   my   bags   and   walked   out,   the   crew   chief   said   "What   did   you   do?   We were   listening   to   the   music   and   it   started   squealing   and   smoke   came   out   of   the console."   I   said   "That's   just   one   of   the   hazards   of   staying   in   a   hotel."   We   loaded   up and went to the other motel. Each   night   they   had   a   buffet   supper   usually   set   up   outside   at   one   of   the   motels, just   my   luck   it   was   the   one   we   had   just   left.   We   got   there,   paid   and   got   in   line,   the assistant   crew   chief,   the   crew   chief   then   me.   Right   after   we   started   getting   our   food the   crew   chief   said   "Here   comes   the   manager."   He   walked   up   to   the   other   side   of the   table   from   me   and   said   "Sgt.   Padgett,   I   went   to   town   and   it   cost   me   $250   to hire   an   Electrical   Engineer   to   come   out   here   to   get   proof   of   what   you   did."   I   said "He   didn't   find   anything."   He   looked   surprised   and   said   "No   he   didn't."   I   said   "I would   have   told   you   that   for   nothing."   He   said   "It's   going   to   cost   from   $1,500   to $2,000   to   replace   the   cable   from   the   equipment   room   to   the   room   you   stayed   in."   I said   "That   sounds   about   right."   He   said   "It   seems   strange   that   it   burnt   out   all   the way   to   your   room,   can   you   explain   that?"   I   said   "That's   easy   to   explain."   He   said "Please explain it to me." I said "That's just one of the hazards of running a hotel." His   face   turns   pink.   The   crew   chief   and   his   assistant   are   laughing   out   loud.   The whole   time   we   were   talking,   the   manager   is   side   stepping   to   stay   across   the   table from   me   and   we   are   almost   to   the   end   of   the   table   with   the   food.   The   manager turns   and   starts   back   toward   the   office.   I   said   "I   answered   all   of   your   questions, how   about   answering   one   for   me."   He   turned   around   and   said   "What's   that?"   I   said "How   many   razors   can   you   buy   for   $2,000?"   He   face   turns   red,   and   he   walked   off. The   crew   chief   and   his   assistant   are   walking   to   a   table   to   sit   down   and   are   laughing so hard they are about to fall down. A   voice   from   behind   me   says   "Sgt.   Padgett,   please   join   me   for   dinner."   I   didn't   even turn   around   because   I   recognized   the   voice   I   just   said   "Yes   sir   Col."   I   went   to   a table   that   no   one   was   around   and   when   Charlie   joined   me   he   said   "Andy,   I   heard that   entire   conversation,   will   you   please   tell   me   what   it   was   about."   I   told   him   what happened   and   what   I   had   done.   He   said   "why   didn't   you   come   to   me,   I   would   have made   him   buy   you   a   new   razor."   I   said   "I   know   you   would   have   Charlie   but   you have   enough   to   worry   about   without   worrying   about   a   $3   razor,   besides   if   I   had done   it   your   way   the   manager   would   not   have   learned   a   valuable   lesson."   He   said "What   lesson   is   that?"   I   said   "Don't   mess   with   an   NCO."   He   said   "Do   me   a   favor."   I said   "What's   that."   He   said   "If   I   ever   do   anything   to   make   you   mad,   please   tell   me as   soon   as   it   happens."   I   said   "Charlie,   I   doubt   if   you   would   ever   do   anything   to make   me   mad   but   if   you   do   I'll   let   you   know."   He   said   "The   manager   was   so   mad his   face   was   red."   I   said   "If   you   think   that   was   mad,   wait   until   they   replace   the cable   and   get   it   hooked   up."   He   said   "Why   will   he   be   mad   then."   I   said   "That's when   he   will   find   out   that   all   of   his   amplifiers   are   burned   out   and   will   have   to   be fixed   or   replaced."   He   said   "That   is   an   expensive   lesson   for   him,   do   you   think   he learned   anything?"   I   said   "I'll   bet   the   next   time   someone   complains   about   their razor being used, he reaches in his desk drawer and hands them a new one." Andy Paggett
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Apollo Down Range Trip I   was   flying   on   Lt.   Col.   Charles   Hyde's   plane, when   we   got   to   Fiji,   the   other   ARIA   and   the   C- 141    with    the    maintenance    team,    were    not going   to   catch   up   with   us   till   the   next   day. Charlie   ask   if   I   would   mind   staying   at   the   motel with   the   flight   crew   since   he   had   to   pay   for   all of     the     rooms     they     had     reserved     there. Otherwise   he   would   have   to   pay   for   me   a   room at   the   motel   the   enlisted   men   usually   stayed at. I said "no problem." The    next    morning    I    shaved,    packed    up    my shaving   gear   in   my   ditty   bag,   had   breakfast with   the   crew   chief   and   his   assistant   and   drove to    the    airport,    after    we    launched    Charlie's plane   we   went   back   to   the   motel   to   brush   our teeth, pack up and move to the other motel. The    motel    consisted    of    three    buildings,    the office        building        which        included        the restaurant/bar   and   an   equipment   room,   and two   buildings   with   the   rooms,   two   stories   each. We   were   on   the   second   floor   of   the   building that was up the hill from the office. When   I   got   to   my   room   my   razor   was   beside the   sink   and   had   hair   on   it,   I   picked   it   up   and started   to   go   to   the   manager's   office   when   the crew   chief   ask   where   I   was   going,   I   told   him what   happened   and   said   I   was   going   to   get   the manager   to   buy   me   a   new   razor.   When   I   got   to the   office   I   told   the   girl   I   needed   to   talk   to   the manager,   she   ask   what   room   I   was   in   and   I told   her,   she   pulled   it   up   on   the   computer   and on   the   intercom   told   the   manager   Sgt.   Padgett wanted to speak to him, he said send him in. He   said   "What   can   I   do   for   you   Sgt.   Padgett."   I explained   to   him   what   happened   and   he   said "What   do   you   expect   me   to   do   about   it"?   I   said "Buy   me   a   new   razor."   When   he   quit   laughing   I said   "Does   that   mean   you   are   not   going   to   buy me   a   new   razor"?   He   said   "Sgt.   Padgett   that   is just   one   of   the   hazards   of   staying   in   a   hotel."   I thanked   him,   laid   my   razor   on   his   desk   and walked out. I   went   to   the   car   and   got   my   tool   pouch   out   of the   trunk   and   walked   back   up   the   hill   to   my room.    The    crew    chief    was    standing    on    the balcony   and   ask   what   the   manager   said,   I   told him   and   said   he'd   might   as   well   go   inside   and listen   to   the   music.   He   said   "What   are   you doing   with   your   tools"?   I   said   "I   have   work   to do." There   was   no   TV   but   they   had   six   stations   of music   that   you   could   select   from   to   listen   to. The   outlets   in   the   room   were   European   style, two   slots   that   took   round   plugs   and   each   one had    a    switch    to    turn    it    on    and    off    with,    I believe   it   was   220V.   I   turned   all   of   them   off, and   on   each   one   except   the   one   under   the music   console,   I   shorted   out   with   safety   wire then   turned   them   on   and   blew   the   fuse   in   it. The   music   console   was   built   into   the   wall   and went    through    to    the    next    room,    it    had    a speaker   and   a   switch   with   six   positions   on   it   to select the station you wanted to listen to. Carefully   so   as   to   not   scratch   it,   I   took   out   the six   screws   that   were   holding   the   front   of   the cabinet   and   pulled   it   out   from   the   cabinet.   I jumpered   one   side   of   the   outlet   to   the   common wire   for   the   music,   I   jumpered   the   other   side of   the   outlet   to   the   number   one   position   on   the selector   switch.   When   I   turned   on   the   outlet, the   wire   started   smoking   and   the   insulation started    melting    until    the    wire    burned    into somewhere   then   I   turned   off   the   outlet   and   did the    same    thing    to    all    six    positions    on    the switch.   Carefully   I   put   the   screws   back   in   and wrapped   electrical   tape   sticky   side   out   around my   hand   and   picked   up   some   sawdust   that   fell out   of   the   console   when   I   removed   the   front   of it,   I   took   a   towel   and   wiped   off   the   cabinet,   no fingerprints,    then    blew    the    fuse    in    the    last outlet. I   gathered   up   my   bags   and   walked   out,   the crew   chief   said   "What   did   you   do?   We   were listening   to   the   music   and   it   started   squealing and   smoke   came   out   of   the   console."   I   said "That's   just   one   of   the   hazards   of   staying   in   a hotel."   We   loaded   up   and   went   to   the   other motel. Each   night   they   had   a   buffet   supper   usually   set up   outside   at   one   of   the   motels,   just   my   luck   it was   the   one   we   had   just   left.   We   got   there, paid   and   got   in   line,   the   assistant   crew   chief, the   crew   chief   then   me.   Right   after   we   started getting    our    food    the    crew    chief    said    "Here comes    the    manager."    He    walked    up    to    the other   side   of   the   table   from   me   and   said   "Sgt. Padgett,   I   went   to   town   and   it   cost   me   $250   to hire   an   Electrical   Engineer   to   come   out   here   to get   proof   of   what   you   did."   I   said   "He   didn't find   anything."   He   looked   surprised   and   said "No   he   didn't."   I   said   "I   would   have   told   you that   for   nothing."   He   said   "It's   going   to   cost from   $1,500   to   $2,000   to   replace   the   cable from    the    equipment    room    to    the    room    you stayed   in."   I   said   "That   sounds   about   right."   He said   "It   seems   strange   that   it   burnt   out   all   the way   to   your   room,   can   you   explain   that?"   I   said "That's    easy    to    explain."    He    said    "Please explain   it   to   me."   I   said   "That's   just   one   of   the hazards of running a hotel." His   face   turns   pink.   The   crew   chief   and   his assistant   are   laughing   out   loud.   The   whole   time we   were   talking,   the   manager   is   side   stepping to   stay   across   the   table   from   me   and   we   are almost   to   the   end   of   the   table   with   the   food. The   manager   turns   and   starts   back   toward   the office.   I   said   "I   answered   all   of   your   questions, how   about   answering   one   for   me."   He   turned around   and   said   "What's   that?"   I   said   "How many   razors   can   you   buy   for   $2,000?"   He   face turns   red,   and   he   walked   off.   The   crew   chief and   his   assistant   are   walking   to   a   table   to   sit down   and   are   laughing   so   hard   they   are   about to fall down. A   voice   from   behind   me   says   "Sgt.   Padgett, please   join   me   for   dinner."   I   didn't   even   turn around   because   I   recognized   the   voice   I   just said   "Yes   sir   Col."   I   went   to   a   table   that   no   one was   around   and   when   Charlie   joined   me   he said   "Andy,   I   heard   that   entire   conversation, will   you   please   tell   me   what   it   was   about."   I told   him   what   happened   and   what   I   had   done. He   said   "why   didn't   you   come   to   me,   I   would have   made   him   buy   you   a   new   razor."   I   said   "I know   you   would   have   Charlie   but   you   have enough   to   worry   about   without   worrying   about a   $3   razor,   besides   if   I   had   done   it   your   way the   manager   would   not   have   learned   a   valuable lesson."   He   said   "What   lesson   is   that?"   I   said "Don't   mess   with   an   NCO."   He   said   "Do   me   a favor."   I   said   "What's   that."   He   said   "If   I   ever do   anything   to   make   you   mad,   please   tell   me as   soon   as   it   happens."   I   said   "Charlie,   I   doubt if   you   would   ever   do   anything   to   make   me   mad but   if   you   do   I'll   let   you   know."   He   said   "The manager   was   so   mad   his   face   was   red."   I   said "If   you   think   that   was   mad,   wait   until   they replace   the   cable   and   get   it   hooked   up."   He said   "Why   will   he   be   mad   then."   I   said   "That's when   he   will   find   out   that   all   of   his   amplifiers are   burned   out   and   will   have   to   be   fixed   or replaced."   He   said   "That   is   an   expensive   lesson for   him,   do   you   think   he   learned   anything?"   I said   "I'll   bet   the   next   time   someone   complains about   their   razor   being   used,   he   reaches   in   his desk drawer and hands them a new one." Andy Paggett