OK, so I went down to breakfast this morning and met two wounded guys sitting there, asked if I could join them. Awesome dudes, Intel oriented. Live in Maryland now. To say we hit it off is an understatement, we were cracking up the entire time, and telling stories. These guys love RangerUp so we talked about that, and then we went through some of our TAH highlights and giggled about Ballduster McSoulpatch and Master Sergeant Soup Sandwich.
So, we’re sitting there enjoying our time and this guy walks in with his girlfriend. He’s one of the volunteers here. I knew who he was because I had spent the night talking to his mother last night, who is also a volunteer at this event. So, one of the guys at the table, SSG Rudi Gomez (who is the man) goes into the following conversation with me:
RG, nodding towards the guy that walked in, “I don’t think that dude there likes me much.”
Me: Why’s that?
RG: So last night we were all standing out there on the casino floor waiting to walk to dinner and I was checking out this poster of Sigfried and Roy, and that guy was standing next to me and I said to him “No wonder the tiger tried to bite him.” And he says, “Whats that?” So I say, “you can’t spend 364 days out of the year tea-bagging a tiger while wearing a bejeweled shirt and not expect the tiger to eat you on Day 365. It’s just common sense.” And the guy just looked at me weird and kind of walked away. I think I might have offended him.
Me: You do know who that dude is don’t you?
RG: One of the volunteers.
Me: Yeah, but he’s also Kurt Busch, you know the NASCAR driver.
Me: Yeah man, that’s Kurt Busch.
RG: Oh shit.
Our entire table was just rolling. Our latest thing now is to just walk up to Rudi and say “Hey, remember that time you talked to Kurt Busch about tea bagging a tiger?
[For the record, Mr Busch seems like a REALLY nice guy. I talked to him about non-tea baggin, non-tiger things last night. And his mom is SUPER sweet as well. Wonderful people, and though I still won’t watch NASCAR, when he comes on ESPN I will be rooting for him.]
BTW- Another story that had me rolling this morning was JR telling us how he once accidentally welded his hook hand to a pipe he was working on. Only at an event like this would such stories not be completely outside the bounds of normal discussion.