...and I must say truthfully that I can't remember the last time I had so much fun fully clothed! Nor the last time I was surrounded by so many foxy wimmen!
I must confess that it felt a trifle weird driving through the main gate at MCB Quantico, because I think this was the first time since the mid-seventies that I had set foot on a military base. When my cousin's husband, Jimmy, mustered out of the Army after returning from Vietnam in the sixties, some lowlife stole all of his medals (including his Purple Heart) off his rack while he was packing up. One day not long after I mustered out of the Marines in 1974 (Jimmy and my father had driven down to MCAS Cherry Point to pick me up when I checked out), he decided he wanted to replace his medals and asked me to drive with to an Army base near Richmond to get them. I think that was the last time I was aboard a military base till last Saturday night.
And what a ball the CPX dinner was Saturday night! I could tell as soon as I entered the restaurant at the Crossroads Inn that everyone had already gotten a headstart on me and no one was feeling any pain. Immediately, JITB shoved a Sam Adams into my hand, and soon I, too, was feeling no pain. I sat next to MGunz and Momz during dinner, and they squabbled like an old married couple all evening, but I discreetly pretended not to notice. Corporal Jon and his sidekick from Alabama sat across the table from us, keeping the waitress busy bringing rum & Cokes as fast as she could refresh them. I never saw such a hard-drinking bunch--I knew right away I was in the company of kindred spirits.
The liquor and eloquent speeches flowed all evening, but you know how time flies when you're having fun. Soon--too soon--it was time to say farewells and make promises to gather again next year at LeJeune.
I had the most wonderful time, and it was my pleasure seeing some familiar faces and meeting those of you who until that night I had known only virtually through your posts. I am blessed and honored to call you my friends. And I'll be counting the days till the next CPX when hopefully I'll meet all of you again and those of you who were unable to attend this time.