It has been said that you cant teach an old dog new tricks...well I disagree. I continue to learn about love and respect each time I am in the company of a Boozefighter. I can already tell that this relationship has changed me.
At first, I was attracted to the image and mystique that goes along with a club. However, now it is becoming more and more about the person wearing the patch. Whether it is a discussion about proper brisket cooking methods or about how to respectfully introduce myself to a patch holder, so many great men have extended their hand and their knowledge to me. I am truly thankful for all of the information. There are still times I still feel so uncomfortable that I want to give my eyeball patch back and run away, but those occasions are becoming further and further apart. I've developed more love and respect for these men in a few short months than I did for military co-workers over a 20 yr period. That may sound cold, but it's the truth.
I am not a brother (YET). But with the continued guidance of patch holders and my determination, I hope to be. I will continue to keep my mouth shut and my eyes/ears open in hopes to one day be a brother so that I can help the next guy.