It's 2 am in Japan and I gotta hit the hay. It's kinda both.
I thought he was just a good friends friend. I picked him up at the airport and was helping them check-in at the Sheraton Waikiki when a group of punks came out in a group and bumped into the woman on the right (pic). She was like 60 and almost fell down and I grabbed him and made him regret bumping an old woman. I was fast and brutal. It took about 5 seconds from him bumping her to him being KO'd.
I got pinched by the popo and thought I had ****ed everything up .....got a visit, got bailed, and this guy was confused that i was doing some honorable thing when I told him via his wife who spoke English that I'm just a loon and felt disrespected. He went to his grave (why I can post this pic) believing I was just being humble. Of course seeing a punk almost floor an old lady is bad but I honestly felt disrespected since I was supposed to take care of them and some punk is almost knocking her over.
He went on to show me his stripes and his missing digits. He lost 1 brother in the Philippines(?) in WWII and another brother who was in Hiroshima(?) I remember feeling uncomfortable while he was talking about how war is war and stuff. Very matter of factly like that generation seems to do.
He is great. He was great. This dude...my neighbor is less great.
I gotta sleep and will share more but the 3rd generation 893 is a rare breed.