Snippets of interesting conversation are the special dividends of travel. They result from the surprising openness, almost intimacy, of sojourners confined to the metal bubble of a plane, boat, cab or train.
A flight to Miami, stops in Florida to see friends and a train ride up the East Coast to New York, last November, refreshed my sense of the human diversity that so enriches our great country. The focus of the trip was a reunion of the Navy junior officers I served with during the Vietnam War. The following are brief “outtakes” from conversations with those I met along the way.
My seatmate on the plane was coincidentally a Vietnam War Army vet headed to a reunion of his old helicopter crew. He confided that his limp was the result of a recent surgery to remove a piece of shrapnel he had taken home from Nam as a “souvenir” some 40 years ago. It had remained dormant all those years, finally working its way down his foot and causing him great pain.