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March 21, 2009

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Norm

What are you trying to say? That you are cool because you shop at Trader Joe's and you don't want any homeless shelter types spoiling your (self) image?

Please spare us your sophomoric discourse in the future, Jeff. And try not to belittle those on the SSRI medications: I feel bad, too, when I don't take my anti-anxiety/anti-depression meds, but that is the price I pay for serving 18 months in VietNam in two combat roles.

Norm

Jeffrey McMahon

Norm, I'm sorry you thought I was being serious. This was my attempt at satire, obviously one you don't like and for that I'm sorry since I want everyone to think I'm funny. But I can see my satire hasn't won you over. Yes, my love of hyperbole and exaggeration makes me guilty of being "sophomoric" as charged.


Tom Welch

I shop at Trader Joe's every week, and their hiring practices seem to be a bit off center, even by Phoenix standards. I like the idea that TJ hires a broad spectrum of folks. One clerk is in her mid 70s and a joy to talk to.

Over the years I've gotten to know a number of TJ's employees and they'er all decent people you or I would have no trouble inviting over for dinner or going out to lunch with.

Of course, TJ has a couple of twenty something female babes that I consider eye candy too.

Tom Welch

Jeff, here's the deal of the week, cheap and cheerful Kaito WRX911 radio for less than $15:

http://www.jr.com/kaito-electronics-inc-/pe/KTO_WRX911BLUE/

Strong AM and FM performer for a travel or knock around radio. The WRX 911 has been getting a lot of positive buzz on the various radio forums I visit lately. Runs forever on 2 AA batteries. Great for international travel.

Some folks buy these radios and when they go to Cuba give these radios to the locals, so they can access to the world.

gerald

Norm, thank you for your service. i must say however that these men jeff desrcibed may not have suffered the horrific mind fuck that vietnam must have been for you and others or any other circumstance that was beyond their control. perhaps they are just slovenly repugnant losers whose only stress related malady is that they are mired in distress due to their own bad life choices. thanks again for your sacrifice Norm. *note to jeff* i dont mean to turn your obvious satire into a serious topic.

Jeffrey McMahon

yeah, my deadpan lacks the Dave Barry factor, for sure. I would be well served studying his craft.

I actually like the TJ employees. The one surly dude I described hasn't been there in a while and it wouldn't surprise me if he got fired.

Jeffrey McMahon

Unless I see my reflection in that dude.

BTW, I figured out the GS750 Beast so feel free to borrow it.

gerald

Ed,, your comment is well taken. i may have come off a little more cynical than i am perhaps. i think what i was trying to say was sometimes people have legitimate reasons for who they are and some have excuses. illness is one thing, choices are another.

Norm

Jeff, I am happy to accept your apology; I completely missed the fact that you were not serious. Satire on one level can be funny, although this does not describe your gift of hyperbole and exaggeration (which I usually enjoy). Rather, that meaning is much different from the on-line dictionary definition of satire: "the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc."

For now, I would like to acknowledge gerald, who thanked me for my service and my sacrifice. I very much appreciate those kind words, because it has only been since the war in the Middle East that complete strangers have thanked me for my service when I wear my VietNam Veteran cap. I never heard those words in the first 35 years since I left VietNam one month after the 1968 Tet Offensive.

And Ed, thank you for your input, it reminded me of something my Dad said frequently: "As you are now, so once was I; as I am now, so you can be."

May God Bless all of you, and thanks for listening! Norm

Tom Welch

We won the 1968 Tet Offensive, they tried and failed to our ass out of the country.

georgioskoroneos

thanks god...but all these fellows down there have to be saved under all circumstances,true ,they are of no use or little use there certainly,for sure has been through many crises in life,what a great destruction ...how can one say such a thing?and all in all a lousy speech...

Tom Welch

Correction:

We won the 1968 Tet Offensive, they tried and failed to kick our ass out of the country.

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