Monday, March 26, 2007

Doofus I Am

I did another stupid thing. Gosh, I'm getting good at this and it's quite embarrassing. On many days I fly the flag from the front porch. Back a few months ago the old flag was getting kind of worn and had a tear in it. I took it down and tied a new flag onto the pole. I don't fly it daily but usually when I think about it or know it's a military holiday, etc. But I do enjoy flying the flag. I also try to honor it by not leaving it out at night or not flying it in rainy weather. I know that if the flag is displayed all the time it is supposed to have a light shining on it. I know when they get torn and tattered that you need to dispose of them properly. For me I take them to the American Legion Office and they have a formal ceremony and dispose of them properly.

Yesterday was a beautiful warm sunny day. I grabbed the flag and put it in the flag holder. Later I heard a knock at the door. This young man, probably in his 30's I'd say, was standing there smiling at me. He said, "This might sound like a silly question, but is everything okay?" I told him that everything was fine. He said that the reason he stopped was because he noticed that my flag was upside down and in the military that is a sign of distress. I said, "Really? I did not know that, and I never noticed my flag was upside down." I thanked him for telling me and I brought it in and changed it immediately. I thought it was so nice of him to stop and tell me and to check on us (just in case it was distress!). He works for our local cable company and the company I have my internet through (I know this since he was driving one of their vans).

I sure did feel like a real doofus. I think I would notice if someone had their flag flying upside down, but here at my own house I didn't. In fact, I feel almost certain I would notice that at someone elses house!

Excuse me while I check to see if there is a "Kick Me" sign on my back.


Blogger Diane J. said...

I did know that about an upside down flag signalling distress. Sorry you had to learn about it that way, though. ;D

Hope today is a better day for you, Rachel. :-)

8:48 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

I am impressed that the cable man cared enough to stop and check on you. Many would have gone merrily on their way with no thought of your welfare...

11:55 AM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

lmao here...sorry...
The first thing I would do if I was in distress is run outside haul my flag down turn it upside down and hoist it all the way back up and run back in and wait for my cable man to show up to rescue me.
We have all had our blooper moments don't feel bad.
It made a great blog post.
Huggles and Love,

1:06 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

What a sweet young man!!! It is just wonderful to hear of someone so caring, especially these days when we hear of bad people all the time.
You must feel so blessed to have have had such a warm experience.
I didn't know an upside down flag was a distress signal. That's good to know.

3:44 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

Hiya Doofus! hehe Just teasing, I couldn't resist! lol When I do things like that, I just call them "blonde moments"! LOL I've always admired how so many Americans fly their in Canada it's very rare to see a Canadian flag in someone's yard except for July 1st which is our Canada Day. How very interesting to learn what an upside down flag means in the States...I'll never forget at one Olympic Games being held in the States, during one medal ceremony the Canadian flag was raised upside down...maybe it was a distress signal that we wouldn't win many more medals after that! hehe xoxo

4:26 PM  
Blogger nora said...

How nice of the cable guy!
And I'm happy for the flag lesson.

I had a doofus moment today also. I bought a 2 disc CD yesterday. I'm not a huge Neil Young fan (sorry pea) but several of my "in the know" friends told me that the just released Massy Hall 1971 CD was incredible. I had a gift certificate for $20 and paid the other $3. I took the CDs to work today and could not get one of them to play. I tried it on the player in my car and it still did not work. I hate to take stuff back, but it was too expensive for it not to work.
I walked in to my local/independent/cool-kid record store and handed it to the clerk and told him it did not work. He looked at it, handed it back and said "it's a DVD."
Ugggh. I am old enough to be his mom--and it showed.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

Didn't you wonder when people were walking on their hands upside down? lol
You were probably in a hurry and didn't even notice that it was upside down.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I only know that the square of stars is supposed to be on the top. We never take our flag down unless it begins to show signs of wear...too much trouble. My computer room light is usually shining on it that a good enough excuse for not taking it down?

Very funny post Rachel and wasn't that nice of the "Cable Guy" to come to your rescue. hehehe

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

Glad I'm not the only one that has one of those Doofus kind of days.

10:40 PM  
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7:32 AM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

It was nice of the guy to point it out. I wouldn't beat yourself up to bad it was an honest mistake. You corrected it. Man I am sure glad I never have done anything like that - except that time I wore a sweater all day inside out.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Rachel -- That's also a sign of protest. Flying our flag upside down will still be legal even when we can't burn it any more.
It's a wonder somebody didn't think you were one of those protesters and really take your "Kick Me" invite literally.

7:40 AM  
Blogger b13 said...

Jim... If you want to protest there are better ways than burning our flag.

I like the fact that this legislation was passed in 1990.

August 1990 -- "Beat up a flagburner" bills reduce the penalty for assault to a $5 fine if the victim is burning a flag is introduced in several state legislatures.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

What a great guy to stop by and check on you!

2:25 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

I would love to see a photo of your house with the flag, Rachel!

7:19 PM  
Blogger Cliff Morrow said...

You should have faked annoyance and said, "Oh Yeah smarty pants, well if you go by the road and stand on your head like I do, it will look just fine."
Then when he leaves run out and change it.\
I loved the tree lined pic below. Good job!!

7:50 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL...I don't know why but that is funny to me...And I did not know that a flag upside down is a sign of distress...I must remember that.
How truly neighborly and nice of that guy to stop and make sure that all was well, Rachel...

2:18 AM  
Blogger Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Rachel. Just wanted to thank you for dropping by to wish me a happy birthday. I really appreciate that you took some time to visit me. It's a pleasure to meet another Rachel. :)

I think that he was a kind man for stopping over to check how you are. I don't think many people are caring enough to do that.

Take care!

9:21 AM  
Blogger possum said...

Wow, how sweet! It was almost worth being a doofus to find out how nice and caring someone could be! Great story! I wonder if anyone would notice here? Probably not back here in my woods....... don't have a flag pole anyway..... I usually just hang my flag from the railing on my front entrance on special holidays if the weather permits. Thanks for the smile!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Did you get into my Benadryl friend?? LoL..I feel so loopy!
PS...I have a new blog address...just click the above...

11:59 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

I have done the same thing Rachel! I sometimes forget to bring it in at night too then feel bad the next day.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Rurality said...

Well you are not a doofus at all, but isn't that nice that somebody would ask if everything was ok!

I did know all those flag facts... the Girl Scouts did teach me something. :)

5:59 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

That's actually pretty funny.
I'd say you were a bit preoccupied when you hung up that flag.
It was very nice for that man to stop and ask if all was well.
Gosh! It's good to know there are stilll good folks in this world of ours!! :)

2:02 PM  

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