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Maybe pink’s not just for girls after all

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armyToo bad that one of the last things Dad did before leaving for basic combat training was to toss his collection of pink undies. It now appears that they work quite nicely as military wear.

Well enough to land a solider on the front page of The New York Times, even.

No, Dad’s unmentionables aren’t a “don’t ask, don’t tell” situation. They’re the result of a laundry mishap, and who’s to blame still is the subject of debate.

I use cold water for all loads, which saves energy and time because I usually don’t get too anal about sorting colors.

Dad doesn’t think cold does the job – a point I’ll concede with Big Guy’s increasingly grass-stained knees – and prefers hot.

The result of our joint laundry mission: Pink BVDs.

If only Dad had known about the precedent Spc. Zachary Boyd was going to set, he would have held on. Boyd, it seems, is the subject of the most famous underwear photograph since Jim Palmer and the Jockey ad.

Boyd, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, was sleeping when his unit came under fire in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. According to television station KHOU, Boyd woke up and did what he was trained to do. He grabbed his rifle, his body armor and his helmet and started returning fire.

There was no time for pants.

An Associated Press photographer captured an image of Boyd, pink “I Love New York” boxers and all, that ran on the front page of The New York Times. And to think I constantly tell the guys to put their clothes on because the world isn’t interested in seeing their underwear.

He had time later to call his parents and warn them about the photograph.

“He said, ‘I hear the Times is what they put on the President’s desk’,” his mother, Sheree Boyd, told The Times Online. “Then he told us, ‘I may not have a job any more after the president has seen me out of uniform’.

“It was typical. He has always been an interesting little character.”

Seems now Texas can claim it’s the state where men wear pink boxers and the Taliban is scared.

And I’m wondering if Dell could send him one of the pretty pink computers since the color’s not just for girls anymore.

Copyright 2009 Debra Legg. All rights reserved.

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