First a little background.
I work for a company that makes high voltage power systems for materials research. The systems sell for anywhere between 20K to 80K.
Part of the system is a high voltage AC to DC front end supply, and we buy them for 4K to 10K. A new company has been trying to compete for the business. So they they flew in their salesman and his boss today for a meeting with me.
The salesmen was obviously in his late fifties, and his boss was just a kid wearing a tie!
They had a good presentation, and I was interested. Then they decided it was worth taking me out to lunch.
"Let me get my hat" I said.
So I grabbed my Stetson, the one with a miniature CIB on the crown.
The sales guy looked at the CIB and said "Were you in the Army, that pin on your hat looks familiar."
"Yeah" I said, "It's a CIB. Did you serve too?"
(Now, I have to add something here before I tell the rest of the story. I may be 61 years old, but I am still 165 lbs, have a full head of black hair with no grey hair, and a lot of people don't think I am as old as I am. I am not boasting, I think it had to do with my Dad and his Navajo genes.)
So.....this fat fucking, grey-haired salesman says to me...."Yeah, I was an Airborne Ranger In Vietnam! But I really don't like to talk about it!
"Really?" I asked, "Who did you serve with in Vietnam as an Airborne Ranger?"
As soon as I asked the question he hesitated......
"Ah....I was with the 13th Airborne Rangers....in Vietnam." he said.
So I asked him....."Really, I never heard of them, where in Vietnam were you?"
The look on his face was priceless. I couldn't help myself........(And no VB, I didn't punch him, much as I wanted too!)
I just looked at him and said, "Let's skip lunch, because I don't need any more bullshit today!"
And I looked the fucker in the eyes.......and he knew where the fuck I was coming from!
I wonder how he explained that meeting to his tie wearing boss!