Posted 12-28-2004 at 11:13:53
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Seeing the post below by Chas in Me, and the hitchhiker, got me thinking. Back during the Korean war, my brother was in the navy, and after a leave, he and a friend decided to hitch back to San Diego. Just outside of town, almost as soon as they put their thumb up, a luxury car pulled over, and a handsome older man picked them up.
When he found where they were headed, he told them he could take them all the way, and then introduced himself. I can't remember his name, just off hand, but it was the actor who played Gale Storm's dad in "My Little Margie". (Then they recognized him). They rode 1200 miles with this gentleman, and when they stopped to eat, he didn't allow them to pay for anything. During the chats, he learned they'd have nearly 36 hours of leave left, so he suggested they stay at his place. He told them there was nothing going on around the house, but the food was out of this world, a pool was theirs for the using, and they were welcome to finish their leave at his home. Said they could use his place like a motel, if they wanted.
It didn't take them long to take him up on it, and so they went to his beautiful home, and were in awe as they took a tour through it. As promised, he went about his business, and they had the run of the place, often with only the help around. They did get to meet a few supporting players, who dropped by to pick up gifts he'd brought them on his trip. (I no longer recall their names.)
When time came for them to return to the ship, he couldn't drive them, but did have one of his staff take them to the ship. He told them that they would be welcome at his home if they had time on their hands and wanted to drop by or needed a place to stay. They never saw him again, in person, but for awhile thought of going back to see him.
This brother of mine died of a heart attack when he was in his mid-forties, but that memory remained one he treasured. Chas, I think the gift of the coat to the hitch-hiker will affect him the same way.