Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Meet Jim-ABC WEDNESDAY "J"


Meet Jim, Vietnam Vet.  Because I tend to talk to everyone I meet, sometimes without any introductions, I found a delightful story-teller in Jim, who has lived in Santa Fe for the past six years.
My DH and I met Jim in an outdoor takeout restaurant, and we spent a pleasurable time with him, listening to his life stories.  Jim is a born colorful story-teller but wasn't interested in my suggestion that he write a memoir of his experiences; instead he is content living with his cat and reading good books, many of them about Vietnam.

Linking to ABC WEDNESDAY

19 comments:

  1. Glad he made it home alive from Vietnam. Enjoying life with good books is a fine way of living if you ask me.

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  2. Vietnam was THE defining event in the lives of so many veterans. In some ways, I think it was our most unusual and difficult war. It's good to see him doing so well.

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  3. One of the lessons we learned from Vietnam is to treat service members and veterans better.

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  4. I'm glad he is enjoying life and telling his stories. I bet he enjoys meeting people from all over the country.

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  5. Interesting; perhaps you can share with us the interesting stories briefly too :)

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    1. I'm always careful about the details I reveal of the people I photograph, although Jim was candid about the details of his life. Because he didn't appear interested in publishing anything about himself, I refrained from posting any of the colorful details he told us.

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  6. bless him - and his simple life. :)

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  7. I like Zannie's suggestion. There is a art to good story telling. My Dad was one of the best.
    Just wondering if this guy even has a computer?

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  8. Kate, I love how you strike up a conversation with all you meet.
    People are fascinating and everyone wants to be heard.
    Great post.

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  9. nice portrait of jim.

    frankly my dear

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  10. Lovely portrait Kate. I always love to read the snippets you provide on the people you take photos of.

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  11. Interesting tale of a person who is a part of history

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  12. I bet he has some great stories. Hopefully, he doesn't have nightmares about his time in Nam.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  13. Many Vietnam vets don't talk about that experience; some don't talk much at all. I think it's appropriate to be careful what we share about people we meet unless we've got permission.

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  14. I love meeting people and learning what they have lived.
    Ann

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  15. That he would choose to share his stories with you is a gift, I am glad you are being respectful of that gift. Those tales are his alone to share or not. I love talking (in general,lol) and find myself learning all kinds of things about people just because I started a conversation, most of the time I am really glad I did! Looks like Jim is glad of your conversation too!

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  16. Was lunch outside a bit cool. He looks bundled. hahaha

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  17. How gratifying that he made it home and is happy with his books :)

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