A customer walked into our store today that I have to tell you all about. His name is Wilfred Larson and he is 84 years old. He was in to buy some new climbing gear because his son lost most of the gear he gave to him 20 years ago. Mr. Larson was in the 82nd Airborne and jumped into Normandy on D-day and later into Belgium and Germany. He told me was shot 4 times during WWII and was wearing his combat infantry badge today while I spoke with him. After the war, he went to work as a smoke jumper for the Forest Service where he stayed for another 20 years or so. After that, he worked for the Washington State Dept of Fish and Wildlife (not sure doing what). Now he is retired and wants to do some climbing again mainly just for the fun of it. As I shook his hand outside, I realized I was shaking the hand of a legend - the kind of man most of us hope to be but very few ever are. You don't get to meet somebody like that everyday and I just wanted to share my experience.