Now someone will be criticising my spelling. FOR
Well Glen, look on the bright side. At least you didn't use "four" or "4".
Get a cold drank, sit back in a chair and rest Glen, it will all come out in the wash. I noticed the spelling but sadly there is no way to fix it once we post it.
Glen, et al; This is all about perspective, Amigo/s.
This is our lead truck on a clip out of Aziz Ullah in 2011 after being pulled back to camp.:
The careful observer will note the white "pecks" from the AK rounds sprayed down upon us
in the ambush.
3 tours where one has to be "on point" 24/7 for such eventualities really puts what is and
what is not a problem into perspective. Loading team members into medivac choppers with
their legs in the litter beside them as they scream from pain beyond my imagination ...
... what we have here are not problems. Not even close. I hesitate to even qualify them as
"annoyances". Rather, we "back home" Americans are a whole bunch of complacent and
whining princesses who would not know how deal with a REAL problem if it bit our face off.
And the bottom line is, after generations of nothing but the good life that much of the world
would risk death to be a part of, and lots of "conveniences", we have a high lack of gratitude
for just how good we have it. I urge ANYONE who doesn't understand what I am talking about
to go to Cameroon, India, or maybe a real hot zone like Syria right now, give it six months, and
then report back on what a problem really looks like.
Gratitude, my friends. Be thankful for how good we really have it, in spite of the occasional
Burger, thanks for your theory of relativity.
I was thinking about this yesterday. Some guys were moving furniture out of the house across the drive so they were just a few feet away while I was working on the T in my garage. After pulling their van away I saw they had left a soft drink can, cigarette butts, a crushed cigarette pack, plastic fork, etc. in the neighbor's back yard (my front yard). I'm a neat freak so I picked up the trash and threw it away. It's a lack of civics and respect as far as I'm concerned. I won't normally do this but I went around to the front of the house where the team continued working and told them what I had found. The first response was "no we didn't" or "it wasn't us" but right away one of them recognised that he had left the can and offered to go clean up.
In the end it's no big deal but at that time and place it seemed to be. My dad's ideals sometimes come out in me and I try to help (read correct) people.
The point is that when we do a reality check (i.e. what you shared above) the trash in the yard is really insignificant. It's my need to be recognized and respected by others that is going on here.
Anyway, thanks for putting things into perspective and reminding us that we have a lot of things to be grateful for.
Glen: Stop by some day, I have a 24 Y.O. bottle of glenfiddich. We will kill it and both feel better about the world
Hey wait a minute, aint Fore what a fellow hollars out when he is fixen to knock the crap out of a golf ball?
G.R. - I'd love to stop by and exchange info on 27 Roadsters some time. We wouldn't have to kill the bottle of Glenfiddich... maybe just leave it seriously wounded.
I never thought that FORE would get such a response. And thank you all for being so forgiving and not so critical as others are.
I just noticed, someone corrected my spelling on What Is This Forum Fore
We've never met and all I know about you is the positive contributions you have made
to the T preservation community.
Cut yerself an extra slice of raisin pie for being a good guy and walk tall in your selfless
giving of yourself to even the unappreciative. Duty and Honor are something we know
inside. To hell with the goombahs.
Burger, Thank you for the support. I'm glad someone cares.