I gave up my license
when the Coast Guard wanted me to Fly from Nice, France
to New York
to piss in a bottle. I spent hours on the phone
trying to get them to let me go to an air base in Germany
or Rota, Spain
where there's a naval base. But the Coast Guard insisted that the test had to take place at a "Coast Guard Approved Facility" and the closest one to me was in New York
. More than once I screamed in the phone
"YOU MEAN THE COAST GUARD DOESN'T APPROVE OF THE NAVY
(OR THE AIR FORCE)?"
The fact that I couldn't have passed at the time, anyway, has no bearing whatsoever on the lunacy of the Coast Guard's requirement. Besides, after nearly 18 years I was tired of ferrying drunks in yachts and snuff-dipping rednecks and cajuns in crewboats. A license is only something they can take away from you.