The trend seems to have passed at last of people asking “Did you serve in the military”? And if you say yes, they respond with “Thank you for your service”.

Yes, I did serve in the military, but there’s a limit to how many times I’m thanked for it, before I start answering “NO” just to not hear another thank you.

Here in America we do honor our service men and women, and that’s a good thing. Not every nation does it. Over in the Communist dictatorship jokingly called The Peoples Democratic Republic of China right now, there’s demonstrations that are near to being riots by “elderly servicemen” over being harassed and beaten by city police forces. I didn’t look into the “why” of it, but apparently Chinese police just don’t like old army guys much and enjoy beating them up.

So if someone were to say to me today, “Thank you for your service”. I’d still answer “You’re welcome, I was glad to do it.” But if nobody asks me anymore, that’s okay.


  1. Ernesto Ribeiro says:


  2. x says:

    Did you serve in the military? Did you? Did you? Serve in the military? Did you? Did you? Serve? In the military? Did you?

    PS Did you serve in the military?

    • Black Sheep says:

      Yes, yes I did, yes, in answer to your repeated question, yes yes yes um hmm, yep yeah.

      The book is called Destroyer Adventures and sales, never brisk, have trickled off to one sale per asteroid strike, now.

  3. x says:

    Is your book still selling? Forgot what it’s called now.

  4. Black Sheep says:

    Hey Ernesto. Were you in any branch of the Brazilian military?

    • Ernesto Ribeiro says:

      Well, actually… no. I reported for the duty in my 18 years — but I got dismissed by “excess of contingent”. So, I have my Military Card of “Reservist”.

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