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Wednesday, October 13, 2004
 
I flew into Des Moines the other day.
Nice weather, no big deal. I said bye-bye to all of the passengers and finally there was just one left. He was a US Navy Ensign, in uniform. He asked me if I could help him get down to the ramp as he was escorting "military remains".

So, I went downstairs with him. I expected to see a flag, or something, but it was just a standard "this end up-handle with care: dead guy" cardboard container. I asked the ensign how much of this sort of thing he was doing. He said that this has been his job for the last five months; ever since he graduated and was commissioned. He was glum. Join the Navy and fly with dead guys. Meet their families. Express the condolences of the President. Do it again tomorrow. Fun.

I watched him get driven off along with the box, perched on the sideboard of the belt loader. There were a couple of pet carriers on there, too. I hope they dropped the puppies off before they met the family.
 
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