Sunday, April 29, 2012

Acts of Kindness

I like an occasional cigar, and brought a few with me from the US.  I didn't smoke any for quite a while, because I was busy during the day, and it was too cold at night.  Lately, however, the nights have been about perfect.

I returned about two weeks ago from a much-needed R&R visit to Ireland.  When I finally made it out to DDII with COL W and a DLA visitor, I found I had 3 huge boxes waiting on me.  Two were from a friend in Pennsylvania, with nice mugs and monogrammed t-shirts for the guys, as well as water bottles, stress balls, and great snacks.  The third box was a travel humidor the size of a small suitcase!

The suitcase was packed to the gills with Trader Joe's excellent dried fruits, nuts, and snacks, as well as many terrific cigars, a very nice cigar cutter, cigar accessories like travel packs to keep cigars hydrated, and a really neat Swiss Army Knife with a built-in cigar cutter.  It was an amazing collection.  And a little humbling.

I started trying to "spread the love" before I left that day, giving some cigars to two majors I know on DDII who smoke them, and also giving cigars to a sergeant and civilian who I chatted with as I waited on the chopper pad for pick up. I've also encouraged some DA (Department of the Army) civilians who are there supporting us to come by the DS "hooch" to share some good cigars with us. 

 I want to thank Five Points Bottle Shop, The Cigar Shop, Boda Pipes and Cigars, Etienne Brassiere, Franklin Gun Shop, Drew Estate / Joya De Nicaragua rep Jeff Tinnell, and several kind citizens.  Thanks also to the Athens branch of Trader Joe's.  Your kindness means a hell of a lot.

Something about the camera that took this picture makes everyone look fat- my sailor closest to the camera weighs at least 40 pounds less than he appears in the picture!  It should be obvious, though, that we're pretty darn happy.  Thanks.


Old NFO said...

LOL, glad you're getting some Geedunk that is welcomed... :-)

phlegmfatale said...

Uh, not fat looking to me. They look like healthy young fellows. Glad someone let you know they're thinking of you. :)

J.R.Shirley said...

I've been supported by a lot of good people. :-)