On any given day…

Pakistani gentlemen on bikes cruise through my neighborhood trying to sell watches and other sundries. My favorite pitch: “Hey boss! Sexyladymassage?”

Don’t worry, all such business inquires are politely declined.

The same guy pedals his bike by my apartment every other day. His handle bars are loaded with platic bags near bursting with knock off watches. Every single time I see him he doesn’t fail to ask: “Sir, buy watch?” Each time I tell him no thanks. He will respond with: “Very special gift, sir.” Normally I say no thanks again and move on. One day I’m going to say: “Oh! A very SPECIAL gift? Why didn’t you say so!”

I want ask him if he understands the definition of insanity. Then again, I suppose just by asking if I want to buy a watch he has already done more work in one moment than the entire OWS crowd combined. In that case, I’m not mad at him.

Semper Fi,
America’s 1stSgt

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  1. …holds up watch…

    “Look at this. It’s worthless – ten dollars from a vendor in the street. But I take it, I bury it in the sand for a thousand years, it becomes priceless. Like the Ark”

  2. I can still remember when we walked into Fallujah a few months after 80% of it was destroyed (the best way to clear out insurgents)…and from out of nowhere came hordes of kids. They’d walk up to us begging for candy, money..or anything.

    I felt bad for them kids…and the next times we went back, I made sure we had “stuff” from the mess hall to give them.

  3. Magoo, if it doesn’t come with lasers, a super conductive magnet, or at least a garrot then it isn’t that special.

    Pax, too much TV.

    Grimmy, right?

    CI Roller, we had so much stuff left over from care packages in Iraq we figured to open our own Dinar Store. As it was I forced every patrol to walk past the box of stuff and fill their pockets on their way out the door.

  4. What I meant was, tenacity is one of those “nuance” type things.

    Great when we have it but not so great when the opposition (in this case, the salesmen) have it.


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