January 06, 2007

Small Crazy World

Y’all know that TGOO is a retired Naval Aviator. In the past few months, I have run into a few retired aviators that are around TGOO’s age. So far they have not flown the same type of aircraft he flew.

The last time this happened, it was an A-4 pilot, and TGOO said to me, “Next time, ask him if he knows Joe S. Ragman”. (Heh. Obviously not his real name.) Joe S. Ragman is a close buddy of TGOO’s.

Today I was at a meeting where the speaker is a retired Naval Aviator, attack pilot, Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, Bronze Star recipient, Purple Heart recipient… flew in ‘nam, and much more that I will refrain from listing. After the meeting I decided to use my new protocol and ask if him if he knew Joe S. Ragman.

So I did.

And he did. Actually, eye brows raised he said, “Why yes, I do know Joe S. Ragman.”

At first I thought he was perhaps surprised that I knew someone he knew… after all, here we are in West Palm Beach, I’m a woman of 41 and he’s a man of around 68-70.

But I called TGOO and said to him that I realized later that perhaps he raised his eyebrows that *I* would know JS Ragman, as I know for a fact that there are some really wild and crazy stories about this man… typical fighter pilot stuff… that precede his more mellow days as the family man, which happened somewhat LATE in life.

Crazy stories.

So although this is my new protocol, I am quietly laughing to myself. I suspect there will be ‘yes’ to the question… frequently, but I don’t think I want to know WHY they know him.

Or should I say, ‘of him’?

Posted by Boudicca at January 6, 2007 11:07 PM | TrackBack

So do they think you could be his daughter or conquest? ;-)

Posted by: vw bug at January 7, 2007 07:42 AM

My husband works in a fairly small military career field and after almost 25 years he can get deployed ANYWHERE and there will be someone he knows, someone who has heard of him or knows someone he has worked with. He says that it is almost the first conversation everyone has when first arriving at a duty section. Amazing. You don't find that too often in the civilian sector.

Posted by: Lemon Stand at January 7, 2007 04:39 PM

True. By the time I retired from the navy I couldn't go anywhere without knowing someone I had served with in some capacity. I'd run in to them in foreign ports, in CONUS stations and aboard ships. It was a warm, fuzzy feeling to be part of an extended family like that.

Posted by: TGOO at January 7, 2007 07:47 PM

Yep..it was that way in the Air Force also..and even now 23 years plus after I retired I still run into some people that I knew back when or some that knows some that I knew and so on..

Posted by: GUYK at January 8, 2007 03:16 PM