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Old 09-17-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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I don't think I was thinking straight. I got stranded during a recent business trip and was tired and weary by the time I got to my hotel for the night. My plans including doing jack and squat (I watched movies on my Kindle and ordered room service. I achieved my goal of doing as little as possible.)

Anyway, after FINALLY getting picked up at the airport and FINALLY checking in I ended up on an elevator with a couple of girls in the Navy. I do mean girls to because they were pretty young, but one of them looked like they were wearing a Warrant Officer insignia on their cap. W-2 maybe? Not sure what that rank is in the Navy. Anyway, as I exited the elevator I looked back at them and said "Thank you for your service". They replied in unison "Thank you!", which was pretty cool.

Still, was that a weird thing to do? I run into military personnel all the time and I'm always tempted to buy them a meal or do something for them at the airport.

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Old 09-17-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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Not in the least. You're a good person... You appreciate the dedication, service and even sacrifice of others. Good on ya there friend

You really want to feel good.. This upcoming holiday season, send some $$ to the Wounded Warrior Project and/or the USO.

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I have done that very same thing In airports. Out of the blue thanked a person in uniform. Serval times, always the same response , a smile from the fact that they are being recognized. As far as a meal I think it is exactly what we should do when we can if you've hot the change and the time. Great idea thank you for opening my eyes to it. Done and done!

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It's a nice gesture. Don't sweat it.

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I shake the hand of every service member I see. On your next encounter with navy girls, called waves, try and set up something to ride the waves.

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I always preferred "welcome home" over "thank you". But when I was in, it was pretty much a given that you'd spent time overseas. Not so much anymore.

A few weeks ago, our local NG unit was heading out. About 2 days before, I saw a soldier, sergeant, eating alone in the restaurant I was having lunch in. I knew he was being ready to deploy, and it was probably one of the last few decent meals he'd have for a while, so I picked up the bill for him.

I didn't say anything. Didn't introduce myself. I just asked the lady at the register if his meal had already been paid for, and when she said it hasn't, I asked her to put it on my card, then I left.

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Very nice thing to do, Trip! I did pretty much the same thing recently. Soldier alone, I did thank him for his service then unknown to him paid at the register. Figured it would be embarrassing to offer directly but a pleasant surprise when he tried to pay after I was gone.

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You are a good guy Java; the way that started off, I was wondering if I had wandered into the Penthouse Forum again with a story about an elevator getting stuck, etc.

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I shake the hand of every service member I see. On your next encounter with navy girls, called waves, try and set up something to ride the waves.
Too old, too married.

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You are a good guy Java; the way that started off, I was wondering if I had wandered into the Penthouse Forum again with a story about an elevator getting stuck, etc.
Whoops, probably should have mentioned there was also an older couple on the elevator with us. Big elevator.
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Whoops, probably should have mentioned there was also an older couple on the elevator with us. Big elevator.
Kinky! LOL
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