Mr. Z. spent over 20 years, working on a cargo ship, making the trip from NY to Central America and back for the Chiquita Banana company during the mid 1950's to the late 1970's.
Each round trip would take two-three weeks. He would be home for a week and then head back out. He never missed a trip due to illness and never took an extended vacation.
It brought up the obvious question.
"Do you like bananas?"
"I can't stand bananas. I can't even stand to look at them. The only good thing about bananas is that they allowed me to earn a living for many years. They were green when we picked them up-the same color as money."
He laughed and so did I.
Back in the day, I'm sure he laughed all the way to the bank.