There's a old line that cops and military guys use quite a bit. It goes " The difference between a fairy tale and a war story goes like this, a fairy tale starts out "Once upon a time," a war story starts out with "This ain't no sh*t"
Seeing my buddy Ms. Nancy's old blog entry about patriotic songs reminded me of a war story that I wanted to share. The names are changed to protect the guilty.
I had a guy that worked for me, Ricky Ricardo. He was from the Philippines and was a damn good employee. He did have a few quirks however. He was a former law enforcement officer in the Philippines under Marcos and just couldn't figure out the American method of law enforcement. (But more on that at a later time. )
Ricky was also working on becoming a U.S. citizen. He was sweating out the test that he would have to take so I (Being the worlds biggest history bore) offered to give him a hand with studying. I figured that everything was just whipping along like gangbusters until one night I came up behind him while he was patrolling his area. I heard him singing under his breath a familiar tune. The lyrics however, were not what I expected.
"Yank my doodle, ain't it a dandy?"
I made the decision at that moment, that if that was a test question, he would just have to fail that one.
Rick did pass the test, and became a U.S. citizen.
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