The story of the BROWN'S first shoplifter

Those Facebook and website humans have been busy for the last couple of weeks, so I decided to help out and write this one, especially since it's about me.  They told me what to put as the title, and though it's not a word I understand (shoplift), It must be a compliment.   I think I must make the humans happy when I go in the Ship's Store, because the minute I enter, all eyes are on me. It must be because I'm a good looking lad.   

You see, it all started with my arrival on the ship.  What??  You're saying 'look at him climb up!' but this is easy....besides, I'll try to barge past all the humans to get on board and see if the Captain is there.  It's my job. 

Ok, so before I say too much more, I need to reveal that I have this unnatural obsession with rubber duckies, squeaky toys, plastic water bottles and actually any kind of ball or Frisbee.  Playing with all of the above is also my job. I'm a busy guy!  It started with a top secret reconnaissance mission where I must say I made sure to look innocent and sweet...

Then I wait to see if the humans are occupied before getting a better look. 

The very first time I was able to free one of the duckies from that clear plastic prison cell, the humans didn't even know I did it. One of the ship's electricians found it 'tween deck and just scratched his head and picked it up.   But the 2nd time I got caught.   They never did find out about the third and fourth time.   They just wonder how rubber duckies have been found in odd places on the ship.   

They all said that I was their very first shoplifter.   But then they all tell me NO when I try to free more of my little duckie friends.  It's confusing enough to give me a complex.  But since I enter the store and they all say 'Hi Jack, NO RUBBER DUCKIES', while at the same time they smile at me, you can see my confusion.

Anyway, you won't see me on the BROWN during Living History Cruises (they SAY that too much is going on!  Hmmmmf!) but come visit on Wednesdays or Saturdays OR BETTER YET, become a member and come volunteer with me.   If you're good, I'll even introduce you to the duckies in the Ship's store.....and if you're REALLY nice, I might even let you play catch with me.   ~ Jack


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