Sunday, July 1, 2012

Thoughts for today

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Eleanor Roosevelt


Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

In 1956 I boarded the Burlington Zephyr in Bond, Colorado to return to Hunters Point Shipyard, California after leave. I was the only individual to board the train at that station, as I boarded the Conductor informed me that Mrs. Roosevelt was on the Zephyr and would like to speak briefly with any active duty service member if they so desired. This would be quite an experience for a Third Class Petty Officer so I told the Conductor that I would be honored to meet with Mrs. Roosevelt, the Conductor told me to go, within the next 10 minutes after the Zephyr departed Bond to the unit where Mrs. Roosevelt would be and to go to the stairway to the second level observation deck where I would find Mrs. Roosevelt. I followed these instructions and proceeded to Mrs. Roosevelt’s car. I was just a young Sailor and had no idea how to approach her, but I made the assumption that she would provide me with some guidance, and she did that, by saying, I see you’re a Navy Petty Officer, what is your name? I gave her my name and then she said “I find that Sailors always have the cleanest bodies and dirtiest minds of any of our Service people”. I just stood there and after she looked away from me I turned around and left her car. Somehow this does not seem to be anything close to the words expressed in this blog. Maybe she was having a bad day.

Very Respectfully,

Mike Lambert said...

Master Chief,

Your reality trumps anything I could say here. Thank you for sharing it. I can almost hear her saying it to you.

Robert Maguire said...

Hmmm. Sounds like some Sailor might have broken her heart!

Anonymous said...

Franklin was formerly SecNav; perhaps it was him.

Anonymous said...

Correction-Assistant SecNav

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a failed pickup line to me. ;)