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11-27-07, 05:01 AM #1
had a humbling experience tonight. met a fine American.
had about an hour to kill, so i headed to the local watering hole, intent on sitting and quietly enjoying a beer. didn't want to talk to anybody, just wanted to relax in solitude.
started off great. i didn't take any cash, and my keno numbers came in. if i would have played, it would have been $144 for me
caught snippets of some people talking, and decided to join in. ended up meeting a Marine. nice enough guy, we got to chatting about everything from school to the Iraq war to politics, etc etc.
found out we had a mutual friend for years, who neither of us have talked to in a while. was kinda weird, but funny.
4 beers on my tab (3 for me, and one i insisted on buying for him), and 3 hours later, and i called it a night after making sure he understood how i feel about people who serve this wonderful country.
i see people in uniform all the time, and feel awkward as hell just going up to a random person and saying thank you, so i don't often do it even though it would probably be appreciated....but i'm glad i got a chance to tonight.
Last edited by Ender; 11-27-07 at 05:16 AM. Reason: eta: posted this in the wrong forum, meant to post in general topics....
11-27-07, 07:54 AM #2
From a guy who has two kids in the military (maclean and his brother) thanks!
Car 4I would like my country back. I used to believe that one man could never destroy this country. Not so sure anymore!
11-27-07, 08:47 AM #3
When I was in (59-63) I had a couple of similar experiences. Believe me, those few moments you spent with that young man will forever be etched in his memory as a positive experience of his service. Thank you for going beyond to make a person feel appreciated.Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
[George Washington (1732 - 1799)]
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