Pulling guard duty in the army is dull work.
But I never realized just how dull until one night, with nothing else to do, I looked underneath my desk.
There I found these words scrawled by a predecessor: Man, you must really be bored!
To show his appreciation to the community, the military base commanding officer held an open house. This included a free meal in the mess hall.
A young private was busing tables when he noticed a family leaving a large tip. "Excuse me. We can't accept tips," he told them.
"It's not for you," said the woman. "That's to help send your cook to culinary school."
A soldier sought shelter in the cook's tent during a dust storm that swept over the camp during war maneuvers. He noticed that the lid of the soup kettle was awry, permitting dust to blow into the soup and called it to the cooks attention.
"If you'd put that lid more firmly on that kettle, we wouldn't get so much dust and dirt with our soup," he said tartly.
"See here my young lad," said the cook angrily, "my business is to serve you food and Your business is to serve your country."
"Quite right. My business is to serve my country, but not to eat it."
The soldier asked for a furlough so that he might get married. "How long have you known this girl," the sergeant asked.
"Why, my lad, that's not long enough. I suggest you wait a couple of months, and then, if you still want to get married I will approve the furlough."
Two months later the soldier was back, reminding the sergeant of his promise.
"So you still want to get married? I didn't think that a young man would stay interested in the same girl for a couple of months."
"I know, sir. But this isn't the same girl."