“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Monday, September 13, 2010

Other random bits

Along with the prior, while talking with my new acquaintances today the discussion about my military time came up. As always, I get asked why I didn't finish my 20 years up and get the retirement.

Well, I gave them the abbreviated story regarding some health issues along with the difficulty of starting a family when gone 9 months of the year. Normally this just leads to some confused nods & discussions of "Well, you should have/could have/might have..."

This time it was a refreshing change - the one former Master Chief told me that he'd told numerous folks in the past several years that when things started slowing down with age it was worth very serious thought as to when to bail or when to ride things out - that a retirement check isn't worth being miserable or crippled. The other gentleman just nodded along & agreed.

As I said, I enjoyed hearing others from my perspective - and as my wife reminded me, those who were in similar situations to mine in the more specialized communities have been those who most understood.

Anyway, just sharing that bit. In other news, it's off for TASER instructor recertification tomorrow. Fortunately not getting zapped again, just not in the mood for the long day.

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