What's the worst/nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

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Monday, June 29, 2015 1:02 PM


THIS machine kills fascists- Woody Guthrie

I've been stabbed in the back by so many people, that would be a long, long list, but if I had to pick one I would have to pick my Mo-in-law asking my husband repeatedly(when we first got married) if he was sure he was happy and if he wasn't happy that there were "things" he could do *wink, wink* to make himself happier.

The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is when I was working and pregnant, this girl I had only talked to twice bought me a baby gift and you could tell she had spent a lot of time wrapping it and picking something out. Wish I had gotten her number, I'm sure she'd have been a great friend.


Thursday, July 2, 2015 8:31 PM


It is somewhat saddening that there are not more posts in this thread. Surely there are many nice things that others have done for us, how have we forgotten them so? I expect that most of us have examples to post, we just need to remember them.
I can't even think of a worst thing somebody has done, but I am less embarrassed that I can't recall those.


Thursday, July 2, 2015 9:04 PM


You going to share any of your best, JSF?

Worst- my fiancèe sending me a Dear John letter right in the middle of basic training. Messed me up real bad and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it.

Best- my neighbor busting down my door and making sure I made it out when my Apartment building caught fire.


Thursday, July 2, 2015 9:24 PM


It was Mary Ellen ......, she broke my heart.


Thursday, July 2, 2015 9:28 PM


In 2002 the owner of the company I worked for sold it. He gave me $250k. That was pretty nice.


Monday, July 6, 2015 7:01 PM



Originally posted by Moose:
You going to share any of your best, JSF?

I would, if I could think of them.

Bob Brinker has taught me a lot thru his radio show, but that was not directly for me, anybody can listen. I did pass on his knowledge to friends and coworkers in 2001 and 2008 so they could avoid each bear market. I did state the source of how they doubled and tripled their money, but I suspect some of them attributed the advice to me rather than Bob.

I think something more targeted to me should be shared. Working on it.


Friday, July 31, 2015 5:05 PM


Started this yesterday, will try to finish today, 1 August.

I recalled one example. One the worst side.

I was in the military and assigned a temporary duty post. I was the 3rd rank of enlisted, and the post required a minimum of 7th rank, but I was it.
My direct supervisor in my Chain of Command was the LT of our unit - nobody else technically between me and him. Practically, I mustered with a Top Sergeant (8th Rank) and he answered questions I had, made sure I wasn't dead or something.
After a couple weeks or so, he called me over for a talk. He said that in the short time I'd been there, he saw me do more work in the job than all of the combined others for the past 4 years. I thought this an exaggeration, but later understood that it was likely not. He indicated this created a problem, where rising stars shine too brightly. His solution, as he explained to me, was to not mention anything about me or my work or responsibilities like he was obligated to anybody at the daily morning meeting, where all the HMFIC of departments meet - not to the LT nor anybody else. This should not alert anybody because nothing was the norm to be expected from my post. He told me to try to maintain a low profile.
After some months, somebody asked about either me or my duty or work, and Top had to come clean. Such unprecedented work volume perked up somebody, and somebody decided that I should have some "help" to accomplish as much as possible while the window was open. The "help" I got was a StaffSergeant (6th rank), Sergeant (E-5), Corporal (E-4), and after a little bit, a Private (E-1) and Private First Class (E-2). The SSgt could really screw things up, and quickly set back all work and progress by a month or so - before I ever met him. The Cpl was effectively hopeless. The Pvt and PFC became the only 2 100% productive in the Dept. Since the SSgt was effectively my replacement, but he had no clue what to do (other than screw up everything, which he was very good at), we worked out an arrangement (after I think Top sat him down and explained the situation) where I would provide him each day that he showed up with a list of things to do, and then he could delegate to the Sgt and Cpl from there. Everybody understood that he would never be able to complete every task on the list in the amount of time that he put into it.

Our responsibility was the Test Equipment required to properly maintain the Squadrons and Support staff. Either 256,000 items valued at $158,000,000 or 158,000 items valued at $256 million. These prices were not adjusted for inflation, just the price at time of purchase probably 10-30 years before, including Carter's inflation.

I had located 3 items, identical, each listed at $156,000 for a total of $468,000 and wanted to get them back into the calibration cycle so our system did not show us short these items. Each was about the size of a small suitcase, or a really fat briefcase - like 3 slim cases, or what now is used for laptop cases. I wanted to report them as being present. I found out that they were previously reported as non-useable because somebody before me was too lazy to find them. So they were scheduled to be thrown into a large electronics salvage dumpster which would be bid on for less than pennies on the dollar, whole dumpsters with tons of equipment for 100 or 1,000 dollars. Then the purchaser would find these perfectly good items, needing only calibration, and provide them for purchase from us, because we were short 3 of these required items. The current acquisition charge would be far more than a half million - and this was in the 80's when a million was real money.

So here is the act: it was never clearly identified who was the lazy bum who paper-jettisoned this half million dollars worth of military hardware, but I got some fairly good suspicions. I was suddenly informed that I was being charged with something, not really trivial, and it would go into my record. It might have been something like insubordination to somebody (not the SSgt or anybody in my Chain of Command, nor Top). It was explained to me that if I did not pursue the recovery-by-paper of the half million dollars of hardware, then these charges would be the end of it. But if I continued to do the honest, responsible thing then they would generate some more creative charges, and with this blight on my record, I would not be believed and I would be a troublemaker.
So this was the pre-emptive strike. They needed me to look bad because if the paperwork to restore our possession of the hardware went through, then whoever sent the paperwork discharge would be embarrassed. They didn't want that.

This was one of the prime considerations for me when it came time to decide whether to re-enlist or not. The veil had been lifted and the illusion I had of Honor among Marines or even Honorable Marines was exposed for the lie that it was.
I know who brought the charges, I don't recall what fiction they specified, but I felt it was for a quite petty cause. That was the worst thing I can think of being done to me.


Monday, August 17, 2015 12:11 PM


There's been a lot of "worsts" but I don't want to dwell on them.

Among the nicest: 1999 when a boss told me 20th Century Fox had agreed to let me be part of the first 25 non-Lucasfilm/Fox people to see "THE PHANTOM MENACE" in the UK. 2008: an amazing opportunity for the Sending A Wave podcast. 2010: Organizers of the 30th anniversary charity "EMPIRE STRIKES BACK" screening at the Arclight, LA, moving me from the overflow into 4th row centre of the main auditorium.

The support of my friends is a constant amazement and joy for me.

"You can type this shit, but you can't say it!" Harrison Ford

Sending A Wave - The UK Firefly/Serenity Podcast






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