Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:07 PM
coastie65, on 21 November 2011 - 06:31 PM, said:
waldojim, on 20 November 2011 - 08:41 PM, said:
LiveBrianD, on 20 November 2011 - 12:37 PM, said:
Seems like when you are growing up, you can't wait to be a Teenager, then it is 16 for your drivers License, then 18 to Graduate from High School,then 21.
And I bet once you've hit your mid 30s or so, then you're wishing you could be younger again. lol... I'm 15, but I haven't even considered getting a drivers license (I think 15 is when you can start learning
). I drive too recklessly on the computer and with the RC car anyway.
30 is next year... I am not looking forward to that at all. In my family, that puts me about 1/2 way to the grave...
For the record, I didn't get my license until I was 21. I just didn't care to have one. When I turned 18, I joined the Army. Believe it or not, I was much happier in the Army without a license. So many retarded duties I didn't have to pull... Only when I was out in the middle of nowhere did I bother with one.
Geez, nice thought. My dad died at 66 and he lived the longest ( His father, my Grandfather , was 39 or 40 and his brother ( my Uncle ) died the year before him in '87 at 59. His other brother got hit by a log truck coming home on Leave or Liberty so he doesn't count). I'll be 66 next year.
In the Coast Guard, if you didn't have a license and got assigned to a Lifeboat Station it could be miserable as a lot of those stations were usually in the middle of nowhere. If you were lucky you would get a Group office / LBS as they were in civilization, particularly somewhere like Group Portsmouth here in Va. At least on a Ship, you were moored at a base. Good to see another Vet crawl out of the woodwork. Thank You for your service.
A lot of this depends on whose Genes I am taking on. My grandad on moms side died at 48 - Lymphoma. Grandad on pops side was 65 as I recall - Heart attack, though the diabetes didn't help. Then there is the fact that both parents are also diabetic, dad has already had one brain tumor removed (in his 40's)... He is 62 now, so I will reserve judgment until he croaks. But from what I am seeing, I can't expect a whole lot. Normally, this would bother me, but I have many years to think it over, and see what my position on life will be when I get there.
With the Army, you always had some means to get to where you needed to be. Even if that meant using the duty driver to get you there.
Always glad to be of service!
Seriously though, my brother is the one who deserves the thanks. He went in a few years after me, and got stuck with a retarded unit in New York. While I managed to avoid tours in Iraq or Afghanistan, he has done one in each. I hold a tremendous amount of respect for those who have actually had to be on the front lines. I know it isn't easy for them, and they earned every bit of respect this country can offer them.
Not to short-change other vets of course, everyone makes sacrifices when serving.
Thank you as well for your service.
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-- Isaac Asimov
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