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Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 11:43 AM


Every now and then Scott does something that reminds me why I married him. This weekend, we went out to dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. As we were eating, in walked a young man, in his U.S. Navy uniform, and his wife. After they had been seated and ordered, my husband called our waitress over, handed her his credit card, and said "I would like to buy dinner for the couple over there." When the waitress asked "Would you like me to give him a message?", Scott replied "Just tell him thank you." I sat there looking at him with big watery eyes because I'm a sentimental sap.

A few minutes later, the waitress returned with the credit card slip to be signed. When I looked at the amount, I knew it couldn't possibly be right. It wasn't nearly enough to cover dinner for the four us, and the two others. When I pointed it out, the waitress said she informed the owners of the restaurant what we were doing for a member of our armed forces, and they were so impressed, they decided that drinks for both tables were on the house. The owners are from Vietnam.

We finished our meal and left long before the young Navy man and his wife ever received news that my husband had paid for their meal. Scott never expected acknowledgment, never wanted a thank you. He just wanted to do something kind. I guess I'll keep him a little while longer.


Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 11:48 AM

Way to go, Scott! What a guy!

I love stories like this one.

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 12:32 PM

See, there was a reason you married him. Great. I too love to hear things like this. It goes a long way in restoring my faith that there are indeed some genuine people in the world that really care about each other. The general public does not do this often enough. Maybe Scott will inspire others to do the same and keep that simple act of kindness rolling. He gets a from me.

Chyenn  (Level: 209.4 - Posts: 1332)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 12:58 PM

Here's to the quiet heroes among us!

Lodi, guys like Scott ARE pretty special. You're a lucky gal, and in my humble opinion, he didn't tooo badly by choosing you either.


Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 1:18 PM


Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 1:30 PM

Thanks so much for sharing that story. A similar event happened to my son (Air Force man) last year when he was on his way home to CA from Iraq. He was in a hotel in Baltimore and he and his buddy decided to go out and find a good steak! A woman and her daughter saw them and bought their dinner. She was a war widow. This had a huge impact on my son, who has seen people (Americans and Iraqis) at their very worst. I am sure you and Scott had the same impact on that young couple. You rock!
God bless you,

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 1:33 PM

WOW. What a great guy you've got, Lodi! Keep him around because there aren't too many like him.


Sheri Ras.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 2:23 PM

Gosh, that's the kind of guy I'd like to meet. What a sweetie. And then for the restaurant owners to join in on the good deed just makes it doubly special. It's stories like this that just renews your faith in the human race. Give your guy an extra hug today from me, will you? Thanks.

Jeannette  (Level: 114.5 - Posts: 1735)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 3:16 PM

lodi you got a very special man there , made my eyes water

Swiper  (Level: 153.4 - Posts: 875)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 4:34 PM

Mine too Lodi, Thanks for sharing.

Maurlin  (Level: 220.5 - Posts: 2707)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 4:45 PM

I had to wait to post this se I was crying whileread your post. That was SOOOOO sweet, so very moving! I'm tearing up again typing this. Give Scott an extra hug for me.

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 5:11 PM

I lived in the Virgin Islands for a long time, and when the Navy came in there was always a bunch that came to our local bar, and I'd buy the whole group a round.

you know the funny thing? Everyone would freak out "oh no, the Navy is in town!"

The truth was....a bunch of quiet respectful KIDS that looked like they were 16. Probably 80 percent virgins.

I told my wife, you know, if you are feeling patriotic, then.....never mind.

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.8 - Posts: 3839)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 6:24 PM

WTG Scott! You gotta love that, and I know the troops do. I just had to bus trips taking Army soldiers back home to Indiana. Great bunch. Makes you proud to be an American. I will gladly drive all of the rest home, if they will bring them this far.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 7:48 PM

Ya wanna trade husbands? Scott's a keeper...


Gypsylady  (Level: 148.3 - Posts: 6097)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 7:58 PM

That was a very honorable and unselfish gesture Scott did, Lodi, I am proud to know there are still people around like him, and I'm sure the service man felt very honored for the thought.


Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 8:15 PM

Lodi, What your husband did was really appreciated by that sailor, I am sure. On behalf of my Navy brethren, thank you. Acts of kindness to servicemen are always special. My ship went to Port Arthur Texas for a four day visit and that city treated us like kings. I always remember people from Port Arthur and Beaumont when I tell sea stories to my family and friends. It's always nice to appreciated instead of hatred.
Thanks again Mr. Lodi

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 8:16 PM

That's SUCH a lovely story Lodi....
Scott's a keeper and so are you!!!
Just had a thought....
If you won't give him away,
why don't you rent him out????
For all the single women here.
We need some kindness and normalcy too!!!!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 8:24 PM

Also, Lodi, have you turned into a mermaid now????
Has Smaug driven you to it????

Sblv  (Level: 195.4 - Posts: 337)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 10:12 PM

Wow!!! Great story from real life. Thank you.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Mon, 5th Nov '07 8:58 AM

Thanks everyone, for the kind comments. I did give him a big hug yesterday and told him that was from several ladies on sploofus. He asked why. I said "because of what you did this weekend." He said "what did I do this weekend?" Sheesh

I guess one of the reasons it struck me as so special is because seeing the Navy uniform reminded me of Mean Ramon (my dad). MR enlisted in the Navy while still in his senior year of high school, right after Pearl Harbor was bombed. Although Mean Ramon earned his nickname, whenever he talked about his years in the navy, he stood a little taller and pride shown in his eyes. He loved to pull out his photo albums, talk about the destroyer he was on, all the places he had visited, and what it was like on the open sea.

Anyway, its been healthy for me to not only see what a great person Scott is, but have the opportunity to see him through others' eyes.


Mandy226  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 128)
Mon, 5th Nov '07 9:49 AM

WOW WHAT A GUY! That warmed the cockles of my heart that did! You're a lucky lady Lodi to have found such a caring, thoughtful man.

Eileeny  (Level: 70.6 - Posts: 240)
Mon, 5th Nov '07 9:53 AM

God bless you both for not forgetting the people who stand guard over many countries just to keep us safe.

Joelwdonnal  (Level: 121.8 - Posts: 268)
Mon, 5th Nov '07 11:44 AM

I being a retired 20 yr Navy man myself find your story very touching Ms. Lodi. I think that since 911 this country has had an increased appreciation for our men and women in uniform and as a whole much more patriotic. God bless your husband and the many people like him in this country that appreciate what our armed forces do for us to keep us out of harms way.

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.3 - Posts: 5650)
Mon, 5th Nov '07 12:29 PM

A very moving story tell Scott if I was there I'd give him a BIG hug! Thanks to you both for showing such kindness...this comes from the wife, daughter, and niece of veterans!
Love ya'

Crazy4games  (Level: 124.7 - Posts: 1019)
Mon, 5th Nov '07 12:51 PM

What a great thing for Scott to do. Thanks for sharing, Lodi.


Joanneeberlin  (Level: 189.8 - Posts: 686)
Mon, 5th Nov '07 12:56 PM

I enjoyed your story very much Lodi and it brought tears to my eyes. What a great husband you have - Count your blessings, you are a lucky girl.


Geophile  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 1545)
Tue, 6th Nov '07 5:27 PM

They do make you feel really proud of them every so often! Thanks for sharing that, Lodi.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 7th Nov '07 5:25 AM

Does anyone here remember that old song from The King and I
"He may not always say what you would have him say
then all at once he'll say....Something Wonderful"

Frannie  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 68)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 12:29 PM

Just logged on after being away for a week. What a great thing for your hubs to do. And how great that he didn't remember what he had done when you gave him hugs from the Sploofus ladies. A friend sent me an e-mail asking that I include a soldier when I maae out my Christmas cards this year. Here's the address if anyone here thinks it's a good idea too: A Recovering American Soldier
% Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Frannie  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 68)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 12:35 PM

Ooops, sent that message before I was finished...6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington D.C. 20307-5001. I tucked the address into a box of the cards I'll be sending so I wouldn't lose it. Wish we could make them a little more personal than to "A Recovering Soldier" but I'm sure any soldier will be glad to get a note from a grateful American. Lodi, give Scott a hug for me. Frannie

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 9:24 PM

I'm flabbergasted at how much warm/fuzzies this guy is getting, while *I* was perfectly willing to pimp my wife to the Navy and I get no kudos.

(Smaug withdraws to lair to sulk)

Oldcougar  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 1935)
Mon, 12th Nov '07 12:34 AM

Smaug if your wife reads this, you won't have one

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Mon, 12th Nov '07 1:14 AM

I love seeing this thread bumped back up to the top. It *almost* makes me feel guilty for my new avatar, but having watched Sixteen Candles again this weekend, I felt I had to honor that hunka hunka, Jake Ryan.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 12th Nov '07 1:46 AM

Who's Jake Ryan?

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Mon, 12th Nov '07 3:18 AM

Frannie, thanks for the address for cards to soldiers. I have several addresses I'm going to put in the paper for cards for servicemen and women.

Our community had a Veterans Day parade Sunday. The servicemen and women got a big round of applause, but the biggest round of applause went to the motorcycle riders who are members of the Patriot Guard. Bless them for the work they do.

Bigdumblentz  (Level: 42.1 - Posts: 1)
Wed, 14th Nov '07 9:52 AM

That was an awesome thing to do. As a military member (15 years in the Navy, so far) it is truly refreshing to see such generosity still exists. I have been on both sides of these feelings, I have been given the occasional free drink, and I have also been asked to leave an establishment (in civilian clothes, never identifying ourselves as military, guess it was the short hair) because of the anti-war sentiment of the "regular" crowd. There were some comments made earlier in this thread about the renewed patriotism and respect for our troops since 9/11. Although that was true for a year or two, I have seen both of these waning severely over the last few years. The majority of these fine young men and women don't do this for the glory or the occasional free meal, although they certainly do appreciate it. My daughter for a while used a little quote on her e-mails that really impressed me, and I wish more of our citizens would feel the same with all that's going on in the world.
"Even if you don't support the wars, support the troops!"

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Wed, 14th Nov '07 10:15 AM

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