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JD wrote: 30 May 2018, 11:06 This is a story with a happy ending, and one of the central characters is actually my wife's sister.

tl;dr version: 25 years ago or so, she was walking through a field and found a Purple Heart. It had a name on it, but she was never able to find the owner or any relatives. A while back, she started looking again, and was able to find the recipient's family and return the medal to them.
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I suppose that kind of thing from a local-interest reporter is better than my cow-orker in our mapping department asking the room at large, "Hey, is the island of Costa Rica in the Atlantic Ocean or the Pacific Ocean?"

Anyway, good on your sister-in-law.
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Isla Nublar?
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lunchstealer wrote: 30 May 2018, 14:17
JD wrote: 30 May 2018, 11:06 This is a story with a happy ending, and one of the central characters is actually my wife's sister.

tl;dr version: 25 years ago or so, she was walking through a field and found a Purple Heart. It had a name on it, but she was never able to find the owner or any relatives. A while back, she started looking again, and was able to find the recipient's family and return the medal to them.
"When the North Korean Army overran the 38th parallel dividing the communist north from the capitalist south touching off war on the small island..."

I suppose that kind of thing from a local-interest reporter is better than my cow-orker in our mapping department asking the room at large, "Hey, is the island of Costa Rica in the Atlantic Ocean or the Pacific Ocean?"

Anyway, good on your sister-in-law.
Maybe her maps are out of date, like the ones that used to show California as an island? Miss Teen South Carolina tried to warn us, after all.
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Mo wrote: 31 May 2018, 03:59Isla Nublar?
Which some people refer to as a fictionalized Isla del Coco which does belong to Costa Rica*. If one is the sort to rely on movies for accurate geography, maybe it's an understandable mistake. Since no reasonable person does this though...

*and is an incredible place. They don't let just any ol' tourist stay there, but my FIL worked for their park service for a while and got to go.
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I am glad nobody died in the chase of that M577 in Virginia. That way I can laugh without feeling guilty when someone sets the videos of it to Yakety Sax.
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Not a laugh thing, but I always chuckle at this and just wanted to share it.

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JD wrote: 09 Nov 2018, 13:51 Some justice in the case of the kleptocratic Marcos regime, as Imelda Marcos is convicted of graft and sentenced to prison. (Confession: my first reaction was "Imelda Marcos is still alive?")
So that whole "right to a speedy trial" thing must not be a Philippines thing.
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A small thing, but my Drill Sergeant assignment has been deleted. Who knew that Article 15 would pay off?
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Solitudinarian wrote: 02 Apr 2019, 10:31 A small thing, but my Drill Sergeant assignment has been deleted. Who knew that Article 15 would pay off?
Can you translate that to civilian?
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Warren wrote: 02 Apr 2019, 11:52
Solitudinarian wrote: 02 Apr 2019, 10:31 A small thing, but my Drill Sergeant assignment has been deleted. Who knew that Article 15 would pay off?
Can you translate that to civilian?
Infantry Branch at Human Resources Command (HRC), responsible for putting Soldiers in various places, decided it was time for me to have a “broadening assignment” and selected Drill Sergeant School at Fort Jackson, followed by two years as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood.

However, my having choked a private for losing the dispatch to an LMTV (successor to the 5-ton truck) carrying live ammunition and disrespecting my squad leader resulted not only in a Company Grade Article 15 (you might call it Captain’s Mast) many years ago, but also in a negative assessment by Behavioral Health for my Drill Sergeant packet.

I am now happy and looking for a broadening assignment more to my liking.
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Solitudinarian wrote: 02 Apr 2019, 12:22 my having choked a private for losing the dispatch to an LMTV (successor to the 5-ton truck) carrying live ammunition and disrespecting my squad leader resulted not only in a Company Grade Article 15 (you might call it Captain’s Mast) many years ago, but also in a negative assessment by Behavioral Health for my Drill Sergeant packet.
Your mistake was letting him live and not hiding the body.
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Aresen wrote: 02 Apr 2019, 12:52
Solitudinarian wrote: 02 Apr 2019, 12:22 my having choked a private for losing the dispatch to an LMTV (successor to the 5-ton truck) carrying live ammunition and disrespecting my squad leader resulted not only in a Company Grade Article 15 (you might call it Captain’s Mast) many years ago, but also in a negative assessment by Behavioral Health for my Drill Sergeant packet.
Your mistake was letting him live and not hiding the body.
Too many witnesses, although I suppose the live ammunition on the LMTV could have helped with that.
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Solitudinarian wrote: 02 Apr 2019, 12:22 Infantry Branch at Human Resources Command (HRC), responsible for putting Soldiers in various places, decided it was time for me to have a “broadening assignment” and selected Drill Sergeant School at Fort Jackson, followed by two years as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood.

However, my having choked a private for losing the dispatch to an LMTV (successor to the 5-ton truck) carrying live ammunition and disrespecting my squad leader resulted not only in a Company Grade Article 15 (you might call it Captain’s Mast) many years ago, but also in a negative assessment by Behavioral Health for my Drill Sergeant packet.

I am now happy and looking for a broadening assignment more to my liking.
It's too bad though. Fort Leonard Wood is down the road from me. I'd have made the drive... I'd have met you half way... I'd have sopped for gas and use the restroom at a nearby fillin' station whenever we were driving past on the way to Springfield.
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Warren wrote: 02 Apr 2019, 13:40
Solitudinarian wrote: 02 Apr 2019, 12:22 Infantry Branch at Human Resources Command (HRC), responsible for putting Soldiers in various places, decided it was time for me to have a “broadening assignment” and selected Drill Sergeant School at Fort Jackson, followed by two years as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood.

However, my having choked a private for losing the dispatch to an LMTV (successor to the 5-ton truck) carrying live ammunition and disrespecting my squad leader resulted not only in a Company Grade Article 15 (you might call it Captain’s Mast) many years ago, but also in a negative assessment by Behavioral Health for my Drill Sergeant packet.

I am now happy and looking for a broadening assignment more to my liking.
It's too bad though. Fort Leonard Wood is down the road from me. I'd have made the drive... I'd have met you half way... I'd have sopped for gas and use the restroom at a nearby fillin' station whenever we were driving past on the way to Springfield.
I was thinking something similar.
Also-sounds like the private needed choking.

ETA: When I was in the Marines, that sort of thing was not exactly sanctioned, but it certainly wasn't condemned. I was never one to put my hands on people, but I may or may not have supervised a few wall to wall counselings.
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<Insert joke about grabbing privates here>

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A great start to the day
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For your excess of yolk to exist someone else had no yolk at all. You are the breakfast 1%.
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All Your Yolk Are Belong To Me
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Every year when the little Santa hat shows up on the VLC traffic cone icon, it catches me by surprise and makes me smile.
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This may be old hat, but it just occurred to me. You know how you get gift cards, and a lot of the time you end up not using the whole balance, so you end up with one gift card with $2.83 on it, another with $7.14, another with $1.26 etc.? And mostly you just end up losing those or throwing them out (which of course is what the gift card issuer was counting on - it's free money for them). But what you can do is just use them to add to your Amazon gift card balance, so you're pulling all of those leftover amounts together in one place where you can actually use them.
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I just write the amount (283 e.g.) in marker on the card and have them use up the card at the register. Some places can't do it for you but there's enough that will that it's never a problem using up the card.

Speaking of which. AT&T just sent us a $267 refund. On a card. Really?
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This is not my own, but some vicarious pleasure I enjoyed from someone else: I ran some errands today (despite being Dec. 31, the weather is absolutely gorgeous -- sunny and in the low 50s, but a crisp dry 50s, not the damp chill you usually get around here), and I was in a fine mood being out in such weather, and before doing my "boring" errands (groceries, etc.) I decided to stop at the neighborhood Goodwill to see if they had anything cool. I found a couple of very lovely garments, but they are not why I'm posting: when I got in line to pay, the people being checked out at the cashier were two women and a little girl somewhere between five and seven. (The women were likely a mom/grandma or mom/aunt combo). I knew checkout would take awhile because each woman's shopping cart was literally brimful. The first item the cashier scanned was a large box shaped like a black-and-purple cartoon coffin, then the presumed mother handed the coffin to the little girl. Apparently, someone donated a collection of those "sexy teenage monster girl" dolls that were big a couple years ago -- either Monster High or a knockoff -- all crammed in the coffin carrying case, and the Goodwill sold the whole thing as a single item.

So while the cashier rang up and bagged all the other things the women bought, the little girl sat on the floor, removed the tape Goodwill had used to seal the coffin and apply the price tag (with the tape on you could open the box enough to get a glimpse of things inside, but not enough to add or remove anything -- IIRC the coffin held so much stuff it couldn't be properly closed all the way), and started going through her haul -- over half a dozen different dolls, plus clothes and various accessories.

I have personally experienced the thrift-store thrill of finding not just "something really cool," but "an entire collection or set of really cool things." But I did not discover thrift and other forms of secondhand shopping until I was an official legal adult; take the ecstatic thrill I've felt in such situations, multiply that by the far more intense joy little kids feel compared to grown-ups -- and that's what the little girl was emanating the whole time she sat there going through the contents of that huge coffinful** of toys which were now hers.

**Given my own personal proclivities, I am especially happy to see the younger generation play with such Gothy toys, as opposed to something a big pink boxful of Barbie stuff.
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Remember the leather jacket that I lost? I got it back! I went to the only place I could realistically think of having left it, the shoe repair place I take all my leather stuff to, and they still had it! Being crumpled up in a plastic bag for months didn't really do it any favors, but I don't even care, I'm just glad to have it back.
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That's awesome, JD!

Although I do not actually believe in omens, nonetheless I choose to interpret such things as good ones.
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