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posted 5/23/2008 12:11:09 AM |
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  GryGoast

Well ... here we are again ... another Memorial Day weekend.

As many of you are preparing to greet the summer vacation session with hot dogs, burgers, beer and good friends ... Ill spend the holidays with "The Bottle". An annual ritual.

It all started the day I mustered out of the service, back in the day, before I left the base for the last time, I swung bye the package store, kind of a spur of the moment thing, a bottler of 20 yo Scotch tucked safely in my gear ... you know, the good stuff. And a Dee-Lux set of shot glasses. My intention was to make a toast on memorial day every year ... to my fallen mates. Hears to "Haynes", the "Ghetto Snip" from New York City. And "This ones for you "Shaky" Baker, who cleared some wreckage blocking the hatch that had me and my hose team trapped: and "the Troll"... oh yeah Steffy ... my "Steaming" mate, damn ... we tore up some of the finest "Dives" in West Pack back in the day.

That bottle sits on my desk as I type this blog tonight, There's only one of the Jiggers left. Its time for the toast again. One last duty to perform! No I don't expect ya all to understand, or to know how I feel. few will anyway, and to those that do, no words are necessary, or adequate, Please don't try to pretend you do ... Ill know the difference.

In all that time that toast has never been made, I usually tell myself, there's no hurry, Ive got all weekend after all, and a three day weekend at that. Well ... some how, Ive ended up with a Bottle of 60 yo Scotch. Besides, the whole point was to remember them and there sacrifice, not to get falling down drunk. Even when an ungrateful nation could not, or would not. And just the simple act of retrieving that Bottle from the safety deposit box always seemed adequate.

Ill complete the ritual next week when I return the Bottle to the bank vault, in the Midnight Blue Velvet lined Walnut case I built for it all those long years ago. The tax stamp unbroken after all this time. Just the same as I always do ,,, year after year, decade after decade.

But this year is different. You see, as I set here, occasionally picking up the glass and setting it before me. selecting the familiar name for the first round, then pushing the glass away time and again as I realise ... I cant remember there faces any more, and I wonder ... do they remember me still?

It just suck getting old.


Godspeed

Master Gry

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loveableone

May 23 @ 12:23AM  
Thats all I can do from here
casuallylooking

May 23 @ 12:26AM  

Sometimes certain things get better with age, as a bottle of 20 year old scotch and people with true hearts.... and although words do seem quite inadequate, I will simply say Thank You!!
redbronze

May 23 @ 12:45AM  
Does the scotch actually age in the bottle? I ask this not really knowing not being a smart ass. I would think the aging process happens in the barrels and stops in the bottle or perhaps like us it ages but not quite in the way we wish... These are things I pondered when I read this..

Smile I would like to think that your comrads are doing the same as you and remembering if just for the briefest moment the things that you are, abit in their own way..

Salute
clickedanad2

May 23 @ 12:53AM  
I see their faces
I know their names
and on the eve of this holiday weekend
I find myself in an odd funk
harborlights

May 23 @ 8:15AM  
How nice to read something thought provoking amidst all the bad jokes and wanna fuck blogs.
straightup_9

May 23 @ 9:01AM  
Fuckin' A........
borachone

May 24 @ 8:18AM  
May we NEVER forget Semper Fi

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