I have an embarrassing army story.
Back in my military service days, my superiors sent me on a 2-week combat training in a base in the middle of nowhere. The closest town was 1 hour away.
When I arrived in the host base I started unpacking my stuff from my military sack.
I remember that I had used an ingenious packing method. I categorized all my military garments in separate plastic bags. Like this, I could prepare faster for the inspections in the mornings by grabbing a clean piece of cloth from each bag.
I took out the bags with the camo trousers, the military shirts and my winter military socks. I put them in my locker.
Then I searched for the bag with my underwear but the bag I found felt weird and lumpy. I untied the bag and I opened it and my jaw dropped.
All I could see was 15 pairs of summer military socks.
I had left the bag with my underwear in my home base and I had 1 pair of underwear. The one I was wearing already.
Life without me stinks, bro….
I drag one of my comrade-in-arms that I knew from before to the side. I was red-faced and I was mumbling but I still attempted the question.
Thanos: Dude, I have kind of an issue. I am desperate. I forgot my underwear back in the home-base. I was wondering if…. ah… do you have any spare ones?
Comrade: Aaaa… Do you want to borrow my underwear?
Thanos: Well, you can lend me a couple of pairs and I will return them to you after the combat camp. Clean and fresh of course.
Comrade: Thanos, I am trying to be helpful over here, but I am 10 kgs lighter than you. And I barely have enough pairs of slips for me to go through the two weeks. You have lucked out.
I was thunderstruck and helpless. He was my best chance of not becoming the laughing stock among the other trainees. And there was no chance in hell that I would risk asking out loud for underwear from the 20 other strangers I was sharing a room with.
5 days later we got our first evening out from the army base and I bought a dozen of boxers when we arrived in the town.
It was even more embarrassing because my friend knew that I was wearing the same underwear for 5 days full of trainings and hiking.
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