Thursday, November 02, 2006
How Not to Greet a General
When standing at attention and holding a door for a general, be prepared for anything. I was so busy concentrating on standing at attention and holding the door properly, when he stopped and asked how I was doing I just stood there like a deer in the headlights.
Errrr, uhhhhh, duhhhh, 'Morning General?'
Great first impression. Of course my boss, who was standing behind the General, couldn't have turned more purple.
Side note: To all of my peeps digging crap holes in Greenland, I'll see you tonight.
My wife was happy to hear there's a woman behind every tree up there.
posted by El Capitan at 9:58 AM
That's ok. I once completely screwed up meeting a general's helicopter. Apparently there is a certain protocol to marching up and rendering a salute. My cover was pulled so low over my eyes to prevent it being blown off from rotorwash, I failed to see the detail leader begin marching forward. Plus, no one had seen fit to brief me on just how the procedure is supposed to go.
There is also nothing like opening a door or rounding a corner and coming face to face with a general and being rendered speechless. Or just firing off a quick, "Hello sir"
Somedays you just should never have gotten out of bed.