The Quartermaster

The Quartermaster

On Dad's Watch febDo you guys remember the character “Q” from the James Bond movies? Q was the head of Q Branch, the research and development division of the British Secret Service, which produced all the cool cars and gadgets that James Bond used to beat the bad guys. I always thought the initial stood for “Quincy” or “Quentin” but as it turns out, it stands for “Quartermaster,” which in this case is a job role for the individual who specializes in distributing supplies and provisions to troops.

“For once, please bring the car back in one piece, double oh seven!”

Well wouldn’t ya know it, in the quest for Eagle Scout, our son is now the Quartermaster for the scouts! Yep! He’s the new “Q” of Troop 595.  Given some of his “issues,” I’m a little skeptical things are going to turn out OK. For instance, his attention span is brief and he doesn’t always get the message. “YIKES! YOU FORGOT ALL THE TOILET PAPER!?”

Then there’s his compulsiveness even when he DOES get the message. He’ll signal a squadron of DDT planes if someone asks for bug spray.

He does, however, have a superior memory and inventoried all the troop gear by memorizing the bar codes and serial numbers on each piece of equipment. Actually, he used a Google spreadsheet, which was a good learning experience.

We’re very proud of him and the other scouts think he’s doing a great job. I just remind them it’s best if they try to bring their own TP.


Authored by: Michael Malgeri

Michael lives in Redondo Beach with his wonderful wife and their beautiful children, the stars of "On Dad's Watch." He makes a living in the software industry and pursues writing in between fun family events. Along with "On Dad's Watch," Michael believes there's a need to teach young people about the morality and practicality of Capitalism as well as provide them with an alternative perspective on environmental issues. His books on these topics can be found at

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