Late afternoon on July 4th and tourists were massing on the docks at the City Marina to catch the Sunset Fireworks Cruise.
Uncooperatively, on that afternoon, Mother Nature was roughing up the seas, puffing up clouds with a threatening shade and filling the cosmos with ear-splitting thunder. As a consequence of the foul conditions the crew was dispirited; they knew that bad weather acutely affected the culture of tipping. The boat owner did not pay salaries and the mates were expected to earn their keep in tips.
“Will this clear up soon?” the timorous tourists bleated as they were herded onto the boat.
“Of course things will clear up!” replied the mates, trained in damage control and deterring a customer from ever seeking a refund, and handed out life-jackets to a backdrop of cracking lightning.
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