I was going to post this under the post Ryanb started but thought maybe it should be it's own thread. I am fortunate that I have been able to fly in nearly all sectors in the United States, and I am absolutely amazed at how great our air traffic controllers in this country are. I can honestly say that I believe that nearly all controllers that I have spoken with have just been superbly professional and extremely helpful, no matter what the situation. I doubt there has been more than a time or two in 30+ years where I was a little frustrated with a controller, and I am more than willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, because I don't know what else they were having to deal with at the time. Besides, everybody has a bad day at least once in their life, and most of the time it is probably because of someone else's incompetence. I just love to listen to ATC as well. If I am put on hold when talking to a business that pipes in ATC frequencies, I almost don't mind being put on hold. My great grandfather immigrated to the U.S. and my grandmother spoke mainly German, especially when she was younger. I never learned, but I do remember watching her face light up when she heard someone else speak her father's native tongue. That is kind of how I feel when listening to this language that only pilots (and of course controllers) understand. It may be silly to some, but to me it is pretty cool. Everything is recorded now, and sure, every now and then some like to point out the low points of an ATC transmission, but even then I am often siding to some extent with the controller. Sometimes we pilots can be real "Richards" if you know what I mean. Hats off to all of you who keep us safe day in and day out. I have gone on too long on this post, so I will have to tell you about the controller that saved me once at 2 am when my friend forgot to turn on the lights at our grass strip. Bless all of you Controllers! If you have a story you would like to share from either side, pilot or controller I'd love to hear it!