The old country club where I was ‘security supervisor’ had (and has) a number of famous (infamous?) members.
I came on-board expecting run-ins with them, just because they were who they were and I was not.
Mostly, my perception was wrong.
Rich people are just like us – only with more money.
The same likes, dislikes, foibles – only with more money.
Working 12 hour shifts takes it out of you, and in addition to working three shifts, I also was ‘managing’ the other guards, their schedules, time off and correcting errors on the job.
There was a short span – a couple months – when I had a good crew and nothing much happened. Of course, this never lasts for long.
One of the guard duties first thing in the morning was to raise the American and Arizona flags in front of the club.
When my turn came, I always took pride in doing this. Raising them smartly, crisply, then tying them off, stepping back and saluting. One of those feel good moments.
One night, I came in for my 1900-0700 shift after a couple days off. As usual, I checked the Orders of the Day to see if any problems had occurred in my absence.
We had one infrequent, famous visitor who took offense to our flags. Who could this be? Members of the country club were not the flag-dishonoring type. What had happened?
Further investigation determined an inexperienced guard had raised the flags, on schedule, as instructed, the day before. He was from somewhere in the Midwest, and had just moved to Arizona to attend college.
He raised the flags on time and per instruction. With one exception. He raised the Arizona State Flag inverted!
How could this happen? Well, a visitor new to the state might think the sun’s rays going upward are actually furrows in farmland. Especially if he hailed from farm country.
Innocent mistake. Certainly. Except for one thing. The famous, infrequent visitor.
Senator Barry Goldwater.