When I was Executive Officer, my Commanding Officer (CO) set down several requirements which needed to be followed in the Wardroom (the place on the ship where the officers gather for meals).
One such requirement was, Corn dog were not allowed to be served in the wardroom. This was a tough requirement for me since corn dogs are one of my favorites. The CO's reasoning was simple. Corn dogs were county fair food and not acceptable or appropriate food for the wardroom.
But, he didn't banish corn dogs from the ship as he had brussel sprouts (Another story all together).
So, I stepped through the open door of opportunity to point out the non-banishment and ask if there would any time or circumstance inwhich the CO would allow corn dogs to be served.
His response, "If MSCS (Senior Chief Mess Specialist -- our head chef) would sit right there (pointing at a spot in the wardroom) and be making cotton candy AND the wardroom was decorated like a carnival with everyone dresses in carnival clothes, THEN and ONLY THEN, are corn dogs allowed to be served in the wardroom!"
Ok, so you say there is a chance....... Haha!
Well, a few weeks before deployment, I saw and bought a cotton candy maker at a local department store. I gave the cotton candy maker to the head chef for use during deployment. I thought it might be a good moral booster for the crew AND I hoped Senior Chief would find the appropriate time to allow corn dogs to be served. But there were two other requirements......
Well, one day during deployment, the CO and I arrived for lunch to find Senior Chief sitting right where the CO had pointed, making cottom candy, the wardroom decorated like a carnival and the officers all dressed accordingly.
CORN DOGS are SERVED!
The CO was gracious and allowed the corn dogs that day and fun was had by all.
If you have to be on deployment for your birthday, there is no better present. PRICELESS!