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    eyes up here, buddy. lucky_bee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    Where's she been, anyway? She needs to come back and help us balance out the crazy.
    She has less patience for all that crazy. A husband, another baby, and a very busy job will do that to ya
    none of my yoga pants have ever been to yoga.

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    Love it to death gemma_rae's Avatar
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    A turning point for me was...wait, well no, that was someone else. Oh well, nevermind.
    Don't f**k with me fellas! This ain't my first time at the rodeo. ~ Joan Crawford

  3. #33
    I think buying our house in 1992 was the event that changed things.

    I was in the Air Force and got stationed to Andrews in late 1983. Two four-year controlled tours brought me up to 1991 and even though I was no longer protected for an assignment, the *wink wink* agreement was if you wanted to stay, there were ways to make that happen. So instead of staying in base housing for the duration it made sense to buy a house. Of course that meant the PCS computers figured out that I was overdue for an overseas assignment and the *wink wink* agreement was nothing but dust in the wind. We were a year and a half in to a 30-year mortgage and we would have lost our shirts so after the assignment came down in June 1994 for me to go to Spain, we decided I would go unaccompanied and use the 24 months to figure out what to do with the house if I couldn't get an assignment back to Andrews.

    Fast forward to June of 1995...I was in Spain/wife and daughters in Maryland. I'm redhead/freckles/fair skin type and I had an existing mole on my back that I pretty much ignored. My wife saw a program (20/20, Dateline, 60 Minutes type of show) that discussed skin cancer. It scared my wife so much she called me in Spain and demanded I go to the hospital to get it checked out. I went and had it checked out and they did a biopsy. I was off work for the week after the biopsy and there was no real way to contact me so the hospital just left messages for me at the squadron. When I finally went to pick up my mail there were about 10 messages on the board for me to call the hospital. I had to pass the hospital going back to the room and I just stopped in. It was at this point I knew something was seriously wrong when they pulled the doctor away from a patient to give me the news that it was melanoma and I was being evacuated to Bethesda the next day. Good news is it was home...bad news it was cancer.

    Turns out I had ignored it for so long that the cancer had spread and it took several surgeries to get all the cancer. Several doctors have told me that after they read the pathology report that I not only was lucky that it was caught in time, but they were surprised that even after the surgery i made it past the five year mark.

    So I always wondered what would have happened if we didn't buy the house. I still would have gotten the orders to Spain, but it would have been an accompanied tour and my wife would have never seen that show. No telling when I would have been diagnosed with the melanoma, but it's likely had it not been detected, I wouldn't have even made it to the end of the four year tour.
    Go back and search before you rock back that Pez dispenser of Stupid called a mouth. ~ Pete

  4. 11-06-2018, 09:15 PM

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    Grandfather's buddy used to beat the hell out of me at pinochle every time it rained when we were at the lake house in WI. He was a good guy trying to teach me stuff, so I kept trying. Anyway, he told me I should join the Army through ROTC. Talked with my dad about that, and he said the Army kinda sucked - I mean, who wants to carry their house around on their back and camp out all the time when you can have clean sheets and three squares from an actual kitchen in the Navy. So, I applied for Navy ROTC.


    Recruiter that did my paperwork called me one night and told me that I could be a nuke RIGHT NOW, get a lot of sign-on bonus and qualification bonus and re-enlistment money.....and, anyway, they changed the college GPA requirement for ROTC to 3.8 instead of 2.8. I was stupid enough to believe him without checking, cancelled my ROTC and enlisted.

    The rest is history.
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    Doris Day meets Lady Gaga Bann's Avatar
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    Prince Frederick
    Having a child with disability was a turning point in my life. Before I had to speak up for him, I was afraid to speak out and speak my mind, stand up for myself and was kind of meek and mild. Just look at me now!

    But seriously, because of him, in my role as his mom, caregiver, and advocate I met with doctors and all kinds of professionals & specialists. I was 1 parent in a group of 6-10 specialists at every single Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting from the time he was 18 months old until he graduated HS (with a diploma) when he was 21. I learned how to best present MY SON to them when they would forget he was a person and not just a list of "goals & objectives" to check off on a sheet of paper.

    I've learned a lot because of him. Because of Thing1's experiences, I learned to NOT take no for an answer and not to leave any stone unturned to get what I think he needs, and to go after every "benefit" he is entitled to, or eligible to apply for.
    Quote Originally Posted by kwillia View Post
    That makes him a hoot and 3/4!

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    Growing up, my Dad was self employed and a Navy reservist (retired Master Chief after 36 years). We had six kids and though we were not poor, there was not a lot of extra money. My great aunt paid for braces for two of my five siblings and offered to provide braces for me when I was about 14. Though I had the ugliest teeth around, I declined because I was partying a lot and just couldn't be bothered. I rarely smiled showing my teeth and have very few pictures of my *old* smile.

    When I was in my 20's, I had two impacted wisdom teeth and went to a dentist in FL. I told him I had rotten teeth and he said "NO, you have rotten habits". He encouraged me to take better care of my teeth and some day consider getting braces. His words stung but he was right.

    As I matured, I had become embarrassed by my teeth and smile. I did not have much self confidence. In my late 20's, I moved to NY and though the insurance I had did not cover orthodontics, I scraped together the money to put braces on my teeth.

    Fast forward a few years, I returned to FL to live and was attending a party in Naples. A friend of mine was a hygienist for the dentist that said those words to me years before and I recognized him immediately! I proudly smiled and told him how much I appreciated him being so straight forward and candid so many years before! In a way, his words had changed my life and my attitude about my appearance. Though he was very modest about it, I sincerely hope he knew how what he said to me was pivotal in the changes I made in my life (and habits!)
    "It's nice to be important but it's also important to be nice."

  8. #37
    Quote Originally Posted by littlelady View Post
    The day the father of my children left, unexpectedly, without notice. Our children were 3 and 5. He left me for the manager of my Safeway when I lived in Darnestown back in 1992.
    You annoy the F out of me with most posts you make, but I'm sorry you had to go through that. As a father of three with a wife who has devoted her last 10 years to their upbringing and care, I cannot imagine just rolling out on her and leaving her to handle that herself. She's more than able, I'm sure, but no one deserves to be forced into that situation.

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    I went to throw a curveball and felt a terrible pop .............. simple and accurate.

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    The Earl of Henry HenryEarlIII's Avatar
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    It was a bright and sunny spring day in 1968 when I discovered Boones Farm Apple wine.

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    Some of you write professionally. I'd like to suggest you collect these funny, heart-moving, emotional and fascinating stories and publish them in an ebook. I think the current forum might not be the best venue. Organize them, eliminate the innuendo, sarcasm, worthless add-ins and get final approval from the contributors. You can publish for free. I think you'd find a wide audience.

    The changes in Southern Maryland from the late 40s until present have been dramatic. I believe the life-changing stories would be more so if the sampling I've read is any example. This period, these story-tellers will disappear with the passage of time and be gone forever. It should be recorded now.
    Last edited by hitchicken; 11-09-2018 at 10:06 PM.

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