Memorable car of the day:
Once I was teaching Naval Intelligence. During a tough family time, they were already relocated 500 miles away, months before. I told my commanding officer I was leaving the next day, (going AWOL) and would become a deserter. I am headed to the mountains of NC and get lost. You will need to get someone to cover my classes. The lesson plans are on my desk.
His words to me, “I will bust your ass!”
I said, “Sir with all due respect, I have already talked to Legal, you cannot bust me, it takes an act of Congress to do that and I don’t think you have that pull.” And I walked out.
Back ground, I had made a request for transfer, serious family matter (son related). I was told it was approved. I had waited months and nothing happened, I was leaving. The reasons were very involved and ‘I KNEW I was right!’
(Sometimes we ignore the Obvious, I guess not all things are obvious!))
While clearing out my desk, the XO (Executive Officer) came in, “The skipper has reconsidered, would you talk to a chaplain? Your records show you are Protestant, but the Catholic Chaplain is the only one available.”
“Sure, no problem I am not leaving until in the morning I must turn in my room and gear.” I replied 'respectfully snide.'
To shorten the story, the Chaplain had made some phone calls and we had a good logical conversation. He must have been Victor’s hero, Father Ignatius, because I left in a better frame of mind and with the Chaplain’s promise that the transfer was deserved and would be done in a few weeks. It was longer, but I had cooled down.
I said ALL that to say this, “I was upset, I KNEW I was right and was willing to throw away my military career of 16/17 years just to prove it. Once the chaplain pointed out I was throwing away a career. A job I loved, just to PROVE A POINT! Funny that, he did it without trying to make ME feel stupid. He was very wise in his choice of words (Very important). I have thought many times, maybe he was inspired? Coulda been.”
When you are ‘younger’ and KNOW IT ALL, you think you need to prove something. There are men in service refusing to take the vaccine, to make a point.
There is someone I love dearly, who is thinking of giving up his job with benefits, the best job he has ever had. One that has with it ‘benefits’ that will carry on if he stays a few more years before quitting. Millions of people have taken the shot. Of the multiple millions, despite all the stories of thousands dying, 3or4 deaths (that I could find) have occurred related directly to the shot. There are ill effects. But the benefits outweigh the downside. IMHO
(At times humans won't listen)
My Dr. suggested I take the shot so I did. I agree with the order for the military. We have had ships unable to operate efficiently due to the illness. WE cannot afford that. Do I agree with orders to civilians? NO! But if I had a good job I would swallow my pride and take it. BUT THAT IS ME!
In many cases that could be cutting off your nose to spite your face. (one of mama's sayings!)
PS: I have the IQ in the genius range, that DOES NOT mean I am a genius, it means I coulda been...... LOL...... I wish I had tried harder. ;-)
PS: Personal to son Jack visiting his son & GD in Utah, Stay warm out there. Love ya!