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8 thoughts on “Wednesday – 3 Aug 2011

  1. Yeppers, spent 18 month on the drill field pushing “dinks”. I have been known to make a frieght train take a dirt road with my “look” lolol.

    Dont worry about being in the Navy Jake, everyone needs a comfort detachment. lolol

    1. I figured so. You still look like a drill sergeant.
      Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and even Coast Guard, we’re all on the same side, it’s not big deal. I mean so the Air Force is far more sophisticated, more intelligent, better equipped and better looking. That’s just how things are.

  2. Hey UJ,
    Before I regained my fluency in Tagalog, a few locals asked my in Tagalog: hey, why you speak dollar? I kinda felt embarrassed and sometimes offended but eventually got their respect again. Finally, when I thought I spoke fluent Tagalog, they somehow detected my American accent. So I just keep my mouth and let my wife Judy bargain for prices. As far as staring, the only time I felt uneasy was when these “tambays” (young punks standing by at street corners) would stare at my wife, like she was naked or something. I just remove my shades and give them a killer stare. If you haven’t already done so, perhaps studying a little Waray-Waray would break the ice and will often times surprise them. They will eventually open up to you. Respectfully – Jake PS — if the three of us ever get together (Scott, US Army and you, a USAF puke) and me a USN puke, I hope you guys will still respect me in the morning…he, he.

    1. I let Lita bargain 95% of the time without interruption, but sometimes I have a little input and I’m not shy about saying something.
      I don’t have to worry about them staring at my wife like that, she’s way to old for them. Besides they won’t do anything while I’m around unless there are 5 or 6 of them, and even then they may need help.
      I get confused on the Tagalog and Waray-Waray. I don’t know which is which. I can’t get anyone to take the time to teach me either. I’m learning, but it’s very slowly with a lot of questions being asked.

  3. You should have Lita make you a sign for when you watch th e store “THE KANO IS HARMLESS……….AS LONG AS YOU BUY SOMETHING” or something to break the ice lolol. I know all about the Hey Joe thing. At first it bugged me, and i would answer “hey Steve” or the first name that came to mind. Then i figured, that if they are saying hi at least i am accepted a little bit. Now the guy just staring at you? Ya, that bugs me to, I stare back, and trust me i got a good drill sergeant stare lolol.

    1. I told her about the sign and she said okay, but I don’t think she will do it.
      I might try “Hi Fred” or “Hi Charlie” and see if that works.
      I don’t have the drill sergeant stare. I don’t even look like a drill sergeant like you do.
      Were you?

      1. “Hi Joe?”

        Try, “Hoy, Juan! Kumusta ka?” back and see what happens. You might actually get a conversation going. 🙂

        1. Hey John! How are you doing?
          If I do that then they will think I know Tagalog and start rattling in Tagalog.
          Maybe just the Hoy, Juan would be sufficient.

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