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Old January 1 2013, 12:49 PM   #16
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Re: Who cleans up everyone's quarters after each space battle?

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I also think only the captain has an assigned yeoman that handles his or her personal items (like momentos). Everyone else has to pick up their own personal stuff that might have been knocked loose from a desk or a shelf.
Doesn't Chakotay say something like 'besides, I left my quarters a mess', in Timeless, suggesting that he would have no such person ? And he was a first officer ...
It would fit with the TOS-era idea of "the captain's yeoman" being something of a personal butler as well as a secretary.
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Old January 1 2013, 12:50 PM   #17
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Re: Who cleans up everyone's quarters after each space battle?

They were a small crew complement, I doubt they had maids and barbers like on TNG.
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Old January 1 2013, 01:03 PM   #18
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Brownies do it.
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Old January 1 2013, 01:14 PM   #19
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Brownies do it.


Thank god they're all cloaked so we don't have to look at them.
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Old January 1 2013, 02:15 PM   #20
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They were a small crew complement, I doubt they had maids and barbers like on TNG.
Kirk did have yeomen bring him coffee and his meals in TOS, and I don't see why there wouldn't be at least one barber on a deep-space starship with a crew of 400+ that could be weeks away from the nearest starbase. Such personnel would likely be considered part of the ship's services department, IMO.
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Old January 1 2013, 06:10 PM   #21
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Re: Who cleans up everyone's quarters after each space battle?

Given the technology of the time, I'm sure they had cleaning devices running about the ship all the time. We can assume that when you materialize on the transporter pad, all of the dirt on the bottom of your shoes gets sucked off (not only for dirt confinement but also bacterial cleaning). The hangar bay has a dust magnet technology built into the floor, so that when you unload cargo from the shuttles, no errant dust or debris gets tracked into the rest of the ship; then periodically the hangar deck floor gets a good scrubbing.

We can make tons of assumptions about this, because it's such a triviality that was never touched on in the shows. I wish they had at least one episode where we see a carpet cleaning 'bot roaming the corridors, or deployed in moments after a nasty spill. They wouldn't have had to do it much, just a couple of times, and then it would put this whole thing to rest. And also a line about using the bathroom like "Where's the Captain?" "He's in the head at the moment--he should be out momentarily," and then we see him step out of the Lavatory compartment located on the bridge.
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Old January 1 2013, 06:22 PM   #22
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And also a line about using the bathroom like "Where's the Captain?" "He's in the head at the moment--he should be out momentarily," and then we see him step out of the Lavatory compartment located on the bridge.
TNG euphemized this with "I'll be in my ready room."
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Old January 1 2013, 08:30 PM   #23
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Or have the door closed to the small chamber where his replicator is located, it opens and Picard walks out. The implication being that he was in the loo.

A thought, do they basically have to strip their jumpsuits down to their ankles to do their business, or does their "clothing technology" provide a magic flap on the uniform's bottom?



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Old January 1 2013, 08:50 PM   #24
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Maybe transporter technology is employed so that there's no fuss, no muss.
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Old January 1 2013, 10:34 PM   #25
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I guess that would be the built-in pooper-porter.
In TWOK, we did see the guy in the white uniform cleaning the floor at Star Fleet Command at the beginning of the movie. Kirk and Spock walk right by him.
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Old January 1 2013, 11:14 PM   #26
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With the amount of damage sustained in the space battles that take place in each series, I've always wondered who gets assigned the daunting task of fixing up everyone's quarters so that they look like they were untouched?
I'd think there would be automated miniaturized Roombas (maybe the size of a quarter) all over the ship picking up after the crew. 200/300/400 years after the invention of the Roomba would probably make it pretty advanced - walk on walls and the ceiling, filter dust out of the air, use transporter/replicator tech, clean your clothes while you are sleeping, make your bed after you get up, look for tiny structural imperfections in the ship, degaussing certain areas, etc... And they would have camouflaging or holoemitter tech so the crew doesn't have to look at them.

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Old January 1 2013, 11:23 PM   #27
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What were those Lego robots Wesley had that decided they were alive? Yeah, that was their job.
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Old January 2 2013, 02:07 AM   #28
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Given the technology of the time, I'm sure they had cleaning devices running about the ship all the time. We can assume that when you materialize on the transporter pad, all of the dirt on the bottom of your shoes gets sucked off (not only for dirt confinement but also bacterial cleaning).
Then why do people materialize covered in dirt if they've been through some bad time?
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Old January 2 2013, 04:27 AM   #29
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Starfleet Housekeeping Corps.
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Old January 2 2013, 06:41 AM   #30
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Then why do people materialize covered in dirt if they've been through some bad time?
Sometimes it's nothing but Clorox that'll take out the tough stains.
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