So the other night at work..... - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
Please Visit our Site Sponsors
Off-Topic Discussion of All Non-Related Topics is the premier Diesel Truck Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-02-2009, 02:00 PM


Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,166
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
So the other night at work.....

I was in triage and talking to one of our techs (Transports patients, takes vital signs, etc...) and it was like opening a time capsule. Let me explain....

He is in his late 80's, and works to stay active. As we sat there, I asked him where he grew up and he said in the Waco area, and then he went on to tell me about gowing up in Central Texas as a little boy.

He talked about picking cotton, working on farms, as World War II came along he served in the Army Air Corps as a ball turret gunner on a B-17. He talked about taking steam engine driven trains back and forth across the country after World War II, of being a salesman and traveling from Waco to South Texas, into Mexico for business. Talking about friends and family that had come and gone.

He lamented on how safe and simple it was back then. If he was somewhere on the border he would drive into Mexico, have dinner, a drink or two and drive back to the US, no problems, no hassles, etc....

He talked about driving on two lane roads vs. interstates, seeing different changes coming along, taking his 80 year old mother to see the Concorde when it came in for an airshow.

This is probably one of those "You had to be there" stories, and I wish I could tell it word for word. As I sat there and listened to him in the back of my mind I kept hearing Jamie Johnson's song "In color".

For me it was an awesome experience and I just thought I'd share.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 09-02-2009, 02:18 PM
Compression Ignition Addict

Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 580
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Awesome. Simply awesome. I don't know about you, but it's amazing the things you can learn if you just let folks talk. There's nothing like it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-02-2009, 02:30 PM
Premium Member

Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: in absentia...
Posts: 2,769
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I think that this is a prime example of why they are refered to as The Greatest Generation. It makes me sick when I think of what the healthcare bill is supposed to do to these hard working veterans of American society.

On a similar note, I post frequently on a local forum, and typically argue with the austin, tx liberals that are flooding into our town. Yestersay an elderly man came in to order food. He asked about the owner and the employees all pointed me out. I'm thinking what the hell happened now. He walks up and introduces himself and gives me his screen name and then says that he and I agree on many issues that are discussed.

I was honored.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-02-2009, 02:37 PM
Super Moderator


Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Orangevale, CA
Posts: 13,719
Thanks: 47
Thanked 300 Times in 287 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
My parents are in their late 70's. Sometimes I can just pick a life topic and ask a question. Off they go - Good stuff I didn't know about their lives as they grew up. Stuff that should be known because it's a integral part of where I came from.

Thanks for sharing, BTW!!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-02-2009, 02:39 PM
Compression Ignition Addict

Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,377
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Feedback Score: 0 reviews

I had that same thought when my grandfathter would tell stories of WWII.

I cannot imagine the stories I will tell my grandkids...or kids younger than me will tell their grandkids. C'mon. What can I do? Brag about my awesome childhood? Oh we had to move once! Woe was me...haha seriously though.

No generation since the WWII crowd has experienced strife. Sure small catastrophes (hurricanes, floods, etc) but nothing nearly as endearing or amazing as WWII, the coming of technology into the homes, the Great Depression...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
What state or province do you live in?
Security Question
*Required, this field is not shown to others. Enter the last two characters of the word "Powerstroke"
Security Question #2
*Required, this field is not shown to others. "While balancing on a piece of wood, two inches by four inches known as a 2x4, john and his friend sally both spotted a dalmatian inside a truck with sirens, headed to put out a fire. State the animal mentioned in the sentence above."
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:07 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.