Thursday, August 18, 2005

No excuse, sir!

My best friend growing up, and best man in my wedding and basically the closest thing I ever had to a brother is a Captain in the United States Air Force.

He tells me of some of the more amusing stories of going through one of the most difficult training programs ever devised, first year at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

According to him, there is only one possible answer to a "why" question. And that is, "no excuse, sir!"

It's simple: you can think of lot's of those types of questions---why are you so stupid? Why do you keep breathing? Why are you tired? The questions can even be phrased in a more stealthy version of a "why" question. ex: How come you let one of your squad fall behind?

I have an enormous amount of respect for him and his ability to persevere--- through what at times must have been a hell on earth that was never going to end. He came out the other side, a stronger, more intelligent man than when he entered.


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