Gut Rumbles

September 09, 2004

yeah, I do that

I had an email exchange with this guy about picking up the checks for troops headed off to Iraq. I DO that kind of thing. Frequently. I've done it from Key West to Atlanta and I'll do it again when I see one (or MORE) of our boys headed off into harm's way.

You can agree or disagree with the war, but SUPPORT the people who are fighting it. That could be your son our daughter waiting on that plane and not knowing how long they'll be gone or if they'll come back.

Buy them a drink. Buy them a got-dam meal. Pay for it in gratitude for the people who keep you free. If my son ever ends up in the military, I hope some stranger picks up HIS tab some day before he goes into battle.

And I hope he has the good manners to thank his benefactor the way every soldier I bought a drink or a meal for has done for me.


I agree. My husband served as a Seabee in the USN for 8 years and we would often meet people who would shake his hand and say "Thank you for what you do for all of us." He and I both really appreciated that. Hey Acidman, don't forget...military wives need to be recognized. OUR job sucks too!

Posted by: amy on September 9, 2004 03:21 PM

Good Job sir! I do it too when I get the chance - small price to pay for the risks they take for us - although as a former vietnam era Marine, I wish the same had been done for us at that least alot of folks are getting it right today....

Posted by: pete on September 9, 2004 04:09 PM

You're good people, AM. We do the same when we encounter folks who look to be in the military, or are vets...young or old.

Posted by: catzmeow on September 9, 2004 04:23 PM

Good on ya. I do it every chance I get. The problem I have found is not that they don't say thank you but that they don't want to take the donation. "Just doing my job SIr." Where do we find these kids?

Posted by: dbltap on September 9, 2004 04:24 PM

I definitely agree with you.

When I was coming back from Desert Storm our C-130 stopped off in Main for the night. A bunch of us went out into town to celebrate and wound up picking the only restaurant in Maine that doesn't serve lobster.

The manager of the restaurant, upon learning that we were Marines on our way home, sent someone out to buy us lobsters and then had the chef prepare them. Very nice!!

Posted by: Mannaz on September 9, 2004 04:35 PM

I am in awe of anyone who puts their life on the line for the people who live in this country...especially when I stop to consider that far too many are morons. Like some of the trolls around here lol

Posted by: Chablis on September 9, 2004 05:15 PM


Chablis....I'm sure you meant to say that the people who live in this country are Morons....not the Marines (soldiers and sailors) who protect them.

Posted by: Mannaz on September 9, 2004 06:54 PM

Used to hitchhike in uniform quite a bit as a young GI back in the days of "our" generation's unpleasantness in SE Asia. Those giving me a ride would invariably offer to buy me a meal. One young honeymooning couple had a big box of fried chicken with them & generously shared it. Never forgot that. Over the ensuing years, I've tried to return the favor to mother's young sons in uniform whenever I could.

Posted by: Hap Arnold on September 9, 2004 07:01 PM

LOL yeah Mannaz...I royally screwed that up, didn't I? Yes, you're right...that is what I meant to say.

Posted by: Chablis on September 9, 2004 07:26 PM

I buy our soldiers beers, at the tity bar. I thank our soldiers, Cat.

Posted by: Catfish on September 9, 2004 10:01 PM
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