I've lived an interesting life. AMaA.

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ooof. I'm stuck between third & fourth, and have a small son. what do?
I took the light out of my son's eyes when I told him his mother and I were getting divorced. It led directly to his drug use, ruined me financially and set things in motion that still reverberate through the lives of myself and my two sons. You were once infatuated with your wife, and she with you. Psychiatrists are always saying "happiness is a choice." So is love. Having said that, though, if you can't fix your marriage and you can't fix how you each feel about the other, you both owe it to your son and each other to treat each other with respect and kindness. Your son didn't choose his parents, but he needs them both. :hs:

edit: sorry... I think I was preaching to myself. :hsd:
 
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Sounds like your ready to kick the bucket :noes:
Not ready yet. I have come close recently, and that's probably what prompted this thread. This is going to sound retarded as fuck, but I sometimes feel like Death and I are fairly good buddies, just moving through life together until one day it'll be his turn to open the door.
 
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Your ama is prime OT. Thanks for sharing & thanks for being willing to step up in all you do.

In an objective sense, where that you've been have you seen the best, most picturesque sunsets? In the subjective, what was the most beautiful, meaningful sunset you've ever appreciated?
 
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Your ama is prime OT. Thanks for sharing & thanks for being willing to step up in all you do.

In an objective sense, where that you've been have you seen the best, most picturesque sunsets? In the subjective, what was the most beautiful, meaningful sunset you've ever appreciated?
Iraq, for both. Subjectively: I took a picture during my first deployment of either a sunset or sunrise (can't remember which), with the sun low on the horizon over our vehicles in the staging area before a mission. The guys in those vehicles still to this day mean more to me than anyone else. There is no feeling in the world like being completely helpless, absolutely no way to get yourself out of the shit you're in, and these ugly fucks descend on your vehicle and save your life. It was a perfectly warm and glowing sun, hovering over our platoon, and I'll never forget the feeling it gave me to see it.

And objectively, just a few weeks ago, there was a sunset during a dust storm that stopped us all in our tracks. Lots of nice atmospherics around here. :)
 
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It's funny. When we landed in Shannon, Ireland, our last overseas stop before we landed in New Jersey, everyone that worked at the terminal told us we have lovely accents. Some of us told them that they are the ones that have accents.
Anyone that says Americans have a cool accent is trying to sell you something:o
 
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I was 6 years old. Dad was in the Navy and we were living in Naples, Italy. I was playing at the neighborhood playground and a stranger walked up and told me that my mom had given him permission to take me to the soccer game at the stadium. We walked for a while, and he eventually took me to a stadium and we sat down to watch the game. After the game, we stopped for a snack and while he was buying stuff I decided that this guy wasn't really safe to be around and I ran. Got home a couple hours later, and never mentioned it to anyone until a few years ago. When I eventually told mom, she almost fainted. :rofl:
Did you get your dick sucked or not?
 

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The very worst, lowest, darkest period of my life was about a 10-year period that centered on my son's death. A therapist told me that life will always get better if you don't give up. I didn't believe her, but I wanted to, so I didn't give up.

All anyone ever gets is right now. If you don't give up right now, now turns into the next step, and the next step turns into the next day, the next night, the next week. You string enough of those together and you get a month. Before you know it, a year's gone by. Eventually, if you just don't give up, life really does get better. That has proven to be true in my life.
Thank you for your wisdom brother.
 
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:roflw: Dad might have beat me if there hadn't been so much attention on finding me.

That period of my life was almost magical. I was surrounded by chaos, but I was almost completely and blissfully unaware of most of it. I remain amazed that my mother, sister and myself made it out alive. Dad was an abusive alcoholic. Socialists were targeting americans with car bombs, kidnappings, murder, etc. and every time we got in the family car, dad would check the engine area while I looked under the car and my sister looked in the windows for "anything with wires or any bundles that we didn't put there." My grade school had several assemblies each year where someone from the base would talk to us about local threats and terrorist activities. I knew what an IED was and how to report it before I learned to ride a bike. :rofl:
fuck man! The first 5 years of my life growing up in Germany after WWII was a cake walk compared to yours! Props to you. I'll buy you a beer if and when we ever meet up in Raleigh. Plus you are now on my top 10 list of favorite OT'ers. Would love to shake your hand and share some memories.
 
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Awesome thread. Thank you for sharing. The stories of your sons made me go in and give my kid an extra hug tonight. I would be lost without him.
 
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I was 6 years old. Dad was in the Navy and we were living in Naples, Italy. I was playing at the neighborhood playground and a stranger walked up and told me that my mom had given him permission to take me to the soccer game at the stadium. We walked for a while, and he eventually took me to a stadium and we sat down to watch the game. After the game, we stopped for a snack and while he was buying stuff I decided that this guy wasn't really safe to be around and I ran. Got home a couple hours later, and never mentioned it to anyone until a few years ago. When I eventually told mom, she almost fainted. :rofl:
what in the fuck bro :bowrofl:

Glad nothing more happened (or at least that you've decided to share)
 
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You've been working for IT.

Have they been all civilian contractor/ military or have you worked in the private sector as well?
Worked as a central office technician for AT&T right after the bell telephone monopoly breakup. Over the 15 years I worked there, I moved to systems consultant, sales engineer, data network manager and eventually to Information Applications Manager for North & South Carolina. After I got laid off there, I had several jobs over the next few years. Systems engineer with an IT outsourcing company, help desk, data center technician, e911 engineer... but I eventually decided I needed a major life change and walked away from IT. The change has been good for me. :)
 
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