Big Night Out It seemed like we were spending all of our time in Dakar, Africa. The hotel food was fast becoming unpalatable and we wanted to expand our horizons and check out a local restaurant for dinner. We had heard of a restaurant that was supposed to be nice with good food so we headed out on foot to find this palate pleasure palace. It was a long walk; there weren’t any restaurants close to the hotel. We arrived at the restaurant and it didn’t take us long to realize that we were out of our element; we felt under dressed for the occasion. After being seated we anxiously proceeded to look over the menu. We attempted to decipher the French menu and then motioned to the waiter to come to the table. It then became quite evident that we were on our own since he didn't speak English. Not a problem, we knew what some of the words meant. So with our interpretation of the menu we were ready. The waiter returned to the table to take our order and we pointed to the menu selections. To make it easier we both ordered the same thing. Needless to say the waiter had a confused look on his face, but took the order and left. We were riding high, a big night out in a very nice French restaurant half way around the world far from the big city of Fairborn, Ohio. I can’t remember all of the conversation at the table, but what I do remember is how enjoyable it was. Some time later the waiter returned with our special French dinner of spaghetti and French fries. Now we had the confused look on our face. I can still hear the laughter as we made fun of ourselves on the walk back to the hotel. This event took place in early 1980. It wasn’t until 2000 that I remembered this happy moment in time. I had come across the ARIA reunion web site earlier and was thinking a lot about my time with ARIA. I was especially thinking about the upcoming memorial service for ARIA 328. The person that shared that special dinner with me that night was Glenn Resides. Whenever I think of Glenn my first thought is how his love of family permeated his being. He was a good man. Staff Sergeant Glenn Samuel Resides Junior Born 23 November 1955 - Aged 25 Years Bellefonte, Pennsylvania ARIA 328 Randy L. Losey
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Big Night Out It seemed like we were spending all of our time in Dakar, Africa. The hotel food was fast becoming unpalatable and we wanted to expand our horizons and check out a local restaurant for dinner. We had heard of a restaurant that was supposed to be nice with good food so we headed out on foot to find this palate pleasure palace. It was a long walk; there weren’t any restaurants close to the hotel. We arrived at the restaurant and it didn’t take us long to realize that we were out of our element; we felt under dressed for the occasion. After being seated we anxiously proceeded to look over the menu. We attempted to decipher the French menu and then motioned to the waiter to come to the table. It then became quite evident that we were on our own since he didn't speak English. Not a problem, we knew what some of the words meant. So with our interpretation of the menu we were ready. The waiter returned to the table to take our order and we pointed to the menu selections. To make it easier we both ordered the same thing. Needless to say the waiter had a confused look on his face, but took the order and left. We were riding high, a big night out in a very nice French restaurant half way around the world far from the big city of Fairborn, Ohio. I can’t remember all of the conversation at the table, but what I do remember is how enjoyable it was. Some time later the waiter returned with our special French dinner of spaghetti and French fries. Now we had the confused look on our face. I can still hear the laughter as we made fun of ourselves on the walk back to the hotel. This event took place in early 1980. It wasn’t until 2000 that I remembered this happy moment in time. I had come across the ARIA reunion web site earlier and was thinking a lot about my time with ARIA. I was especially thinking about the upcoming memorial service for ARIA 328. The person that shared that special dinner with me that night was Glenn Resides. Whenever I think of Glenn my first thought is how his love of family permeated his being. He was a good man. Staff Sergeant Glenn Samuel Resides Junior Born 23 November 1955 - Aged 25 Years Bellefonte, Pennsylvania ARIA 328 Randy L. Losey