today seems like a good day to tell this bit of self-trivia…
i was almost a veteran 🙂
with no direction in life, i (almost) joined the air force at 18. i was recruited to be a fighter jet pilot (weird, huh?), based on my scores, etc. so…i jumped through the hoops, went to the base for my physical (where they asked me if i was a ‘practicing homosexual’ or had ever participated in any homosexual activities…to which i said no).
the physical started at 6am and ended the next day. after which, i was called into an office where the dude told me there was a white bump on my tongue (had been there for years) and that i had to go to a civilian dr. to get it checked out and report back to him with the results.
when i got home, my mother said we wouldn’t have the money for a week or so….so that gave me time to think about things. i got a part-time job offer in a big & tall store and decided the military wasn’t for me. i never did go to the dr. to check out the bump, which mysteriously disappeared about a month later.
the recruiter was fukin pissed at me. called all day and night, every day and night, until my mom cursed him out and said “it ain’t happening” and called him some racist stuff. he stopped calling.
i moved up to full-time, then asst. manager, then (only a year later) was promoted to store manager. i was the youngest store manager in the chain’s history 🙂
thank you to all the veterans out there for your service. especially the ones who didn’t have a white bump on their tongue. or bone spurs.