I need a mental break, and a discussion thread on a LinkedIn veteran mentoring group led me to this question, posed for fun and sea/air/war story enrichment: What is/are the most interesting, conversation-starting item(s) you have in your home or office from former or current military life? Military spouse/"brat" input welcome. Mine: ok, for serious moments, my retirement shadow box which has a 3" square piece of limestone from the shattered Pentagon face, a memory of getting out alive on 9/11. For fun, the photo of me under a Navy ship in dry dock, "holding up" the keel of the ship with two hands, Atlas-style. Not a new idea, but always good for a laugh. And, finally, an antique piece of female Navy rain gear, a hood called a havelock, which form-fitted over the combination cover. Truly hideous. Google "Navy women's havelock images."