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I knew a guy by that name, back in the day.
It's an Indian name and I wasn't too sure how common that name is amongst the folk from the subcontinent. It's a big country with a lot of people from there all over the world. Hard working folk and good company.
I figured, nah, no way. That would be too much of a coincidence if it was the same guy.
Well, Thursday I get a chat message on the old computational device what sits on my desk from the guy with the same name as the guy I served with out at Offutt AFB. Seems a problem I had written up on the system I'm testing was being worked by him, out yonder in the great state of Indiana.
We chatted about that problem, things like what I did to find the error and what it was supposed to do. Ya know, computer stuff.
At the end of the chat I just sort of threw it out there...
"So, were you ever in the Air Force?" I queried.
"Damn! I was going to ask you the same thing!" was his reply.
It was the same fella I had worked with back at Offutt.
We chatted a bit more. We retired from the Air Force the same year, both as Master Sergeants. Now we both work for the same outfit again, though at different locations.
He got back to me later, he fixed the bug. I should have a patch next week. Good man.