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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/25/2012 1:56:46 AM   
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Your quote reminds me of something from the Battle of the Philippine Sea. At one point a Hellcat pilot was heard on the radio to say something like, "I have about 30 of them surrounded and I'm all alone, I could use some help!"

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/25/2012 2:04:31 AM   
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I like it, I was quoting Chesty Puller.

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/25/2012 9:28:04 PM   
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Job: Federal retiree
Age: 61
Residence: Cincinnati, Ohio
Family: wife, 3 children, 4 grandchildren
Education: Accounting Degree, Univ of Northern Colorado
Work: Currently, manager of small minatures company
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Reading - God's War


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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/25/2012 11:36:28 PM   
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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/26/2012 12:42:47 AM   
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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/26/2012 1:55:51 AM   
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Congratulations! You are the second person -- after me -- to admit trying to read the Franco-Prussian War.

Well researched, I thought, but very, very dry reading.


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Quote: In War Resolution, In Defeat Defiance, In Victory Magnaminity, In Peace Goodwill -- WSC
Reading: The Franco Prussian War



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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/27/2012 8:31:54 PM   
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Awfully good to see Q-Ball posting in the AE forums today.  Seems like he's trying to get re-download the game onto his current computer.  Having a player of his caliber back will be very nice.  :)

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/27/2012 9:37:41 PM   
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I suppose I should have a go at this:

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Education: 7 O levels, Royal Navy taught me how to launch SLBMs, self-taught IT.
Family: Wife MkII (the triumph of hope over experience), 3 sons, 22, 12 and the yngst will never get older, 2 daughters, 21 and 18, the last adopted as she came as a package deal with the missus. 1 grand daughter care of oldest son (we were both drunk and er....)
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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/27/2012 10:21:47 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

Awfully good to see Q-Ball posting in the AE forums today.  Seems like he's trying to get re-download the game onto his current computer.  Having a player of his caliber back will be very nice.  :)


Thank you for saying so! Yes, I'm bored with that other game, coming back, and I e-mailed you asking if you want to continue that one we had going. I understand completely if no, since I was the one that bailed.

As far as this is concerned, I'll play:

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/27/2012 10:39:46 PM   
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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 1:08:08 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

Awfully good to see Q-Ball posting in the AE forums today.  Seems like he's trying to get re-download the game onto his current computer.  Having a player of his caliber back will be very nice.  :)



I agree, but this does sound a little bit like a man crush.

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 1:14:48 AM   
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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 2:32:18 AM   
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Sold a business last year, taking a step back to relax a bit, watch my son grow up.
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Just realized I joined this forum 6yrs ago....

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 2:49:24 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Misconduct

Job: Rental Property Owner
Age: 29
Residence: Lakeland, FL
Family: Single
Education: College Grad Psychology
Work: Own 25 unit apartments, 3 houses and 2 trailers
Favorite Quote: Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them.
Reading: Fire in the Skies - finished it a few years back, but after getting back into AE I am trying to read it again.


Many moons ago I had a girlfriend who was a fast cycling serial monogamist. Her BF after me was a guy who owned a bunch of rental property. He had cultivated friendships with every Home Depot manager in the area and his Saturdays were taken up going from one Home Depot to the next picking up bargains like paint that got mixed wrong and such. He usually got his paint for around $1 a gallon. His biggest paint score happened one day when he showed up just after someone had dropped an entire pallet load of paint off a high shelf. The scooped up all the paint, put it in trash cans, and virtually gave it to him.

She owed me some money, so she worked out a deal to buy some of his paint from him at a bit more than he paid for it, and then paint my house with it for forgiveness of the debt. After her I made a rule never to be in a relationship with anyone crazier than me, but she did do a good job painting the house.

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 5:33:03 AM   
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ORIGINAL: wdolson


quote:

ORIGINAL: Misconduct

Job: Rental Property Owner
Age: 29
Residence: Lakeland, FL
Family: Single
Education: College Grad Psychology
Work: Own 25 unit apartments, 3 houses and 2 trailers
Favorite Quote: Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them.
Reading: Fire in the Skies - finished it a few years back, but after getting back into AE I am trying to read it again.


Many moons ago I had a girlfriend who was a fast cycling serial monogamist. Her BF after me was a guy who owned a bunch of rental property. He had cultivated friendships with every Home Depot manager in the area and his Saturdays were taken up going from one Home Depot to the next picking up bargains like paint that got mixed wrong and such. He usually got his paint for around $1 a gallon. His biggest paint score happened one day when he showed up just after someone had dropped an entire pallet load of paint off a high shelf. The scooped up all the paint, put it in trash cans, and virtually gave it to him.

She owed me some money, so she worked out a deal to buy some of his paint from him at a bit more than he paid for it, and then paint my house with it for forgiveness of the debt. After her I made a rule never to be in a relationship with anyone crazier than me, but she did do a good job painting the house.

Bill


LOL I wish I could get paint that cheap, I usually pay $10 a gallon if its something nobody else wants (I will re-mix it and try to do an earth tone brown). However I do shop at Home Depot quite often (Every other week I do a large order at maintenance usa) home depot is great for odd items that are needed on an emergency basis, otherwise just to expensive otherwise.

Bargin's are extremely tough to come by, I do all the work myself to save what little $$ I have. To put into perspective, my personal house I own has a $50,00 mortgage I pay $750 a month on, I collect only $900 in rent. Problem is due to terrible tenants I already spent $2,000 to upkeep the property this year alone and its not even 5 months into the year (losing money).

I some how manage like everyone else, hoping the economy goes up etc :)
I feel sorry for everyone when WITP AE II comes out, I will be neglecting my responsibilities!

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 12:57:07 PM   
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There's gonna be an AE II?

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 1:07:15 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Hanzberger

There's gonna be an AE II?


No.

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 1:20:04 PM   
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Thank you for saying so! Yes, I'm bored with that other game, coming back, and I e-mailed you asking if you want to continue that one we had going. I understand completely if no, since I was the one that bailed.

As far as this is concerned, I'll play:

Job: Corporate Sales for a large Japanese equipment manufacturer (we just spent supplies to expand our factories)
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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 3:59:57 PM   
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My god...

After reading many of the occupations you all have or had, I feel depressingly substandard.

Job: Not saying...
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Residence: Redwood City, California
Family: None whatsoever
Education: College dropout
Work: No way...
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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 5:57:17 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Treetop64

My god...

After reading many of the occupations you all have or had, I feel depressingly substandard.

Job: Not saying...
Age: 41
Residence: Redwood City, California
Family: None whatsoever
Education: College dropout
Work: No way...
Favorite Quote: See sig below
Reading: The Siege of Leningrad - David Glantz


Treetop64 -

In August of 1992 I was the Maintenance Chief for Charlie Company, 3rd Light Armored Vehicle Battalion. While based in 29 Palms California, we were currently on a six month deployment to Camp Schwab, Okinawa Japan. Our deployment had been very challenging and difficult. Our arrival coincided with preparation for a major command inspection - called FASMO. I have forgotten what the acronym stood for, but essentially it determined two things:

1) Were Marine Corps maintenance procedures being implemented and followed regarding the 26 LAV's forward deployed at Okinawa.

2) Were we combat ready.

The FASMO Team came from Headquarters, Marine Corps. They were serious heavy hitters, and a "no" to either of the two questions above would result in the immediate relief of the company maintenance chief (me) or my commanding officer (Captain Pollard), with a consequent impact on our respective careers.

With our arrival on Okinawa in May, we inherited a group of vehicles that had, due to political considerations, been inactive and infrequently left the concrete ramp. Live fire rarely occurred, and entailed firing into the side of a hill - no targets. After systematically going through the vehicles, I found that most had not been driven off base for a test road march for some time, that the gunners optical sights were not bore sighted with the 25mm chain gun - the sight linkages were often way out of whack; and I was not sure that all of the M242 Chain Guns would function correctly. And I had serious doubts about the reliability of the vehicles if road marched for any serious distance.

All of this did not happen overnight - and was the result of years of political restrictions (the Okinawans did not appreciate having our armored vehicles roaming about the island) and a general sense of lethargy.

And: All of this was irrelevant. It was May, the FSMO Team would arrive in mid August. The guiding thougt was "To Err was Human; To Forgive Divine - neither of which was Marine Corps Policy". Immediate action was called for.

Fortunately there were a number of positive points:

Captain Pollard was a First Class leader of men and not only backed me 100 percent, but helped to provide excellent planning and guidance for the long haul. We worked ourselves (leadership by example) and the troops hard; any time I began to feel badly about a six day work week rotation, I remembered that failure was not an option. The troops measured up and were absolutely outstanding.

And: I made sure that I did my bible lesson study first (about 30 minutes) each morning - it was hard to find someplace quiet to read and to lock out the sense of pressure and fear, but turning to God on a daily basis not only kept me on an even keel, but kept us moving in the right direction.

The very low operational tempo worked in our favor; we had 90 percent ramp time to do the work.

As maintenance records were spotty, we went with the highest (and thus most comprehensive) level of scheduled maintenance - an annual service for each vehicle.

To keep it short - it came together. We not only did well, we received a "Noteworthy" grade - one level higher than "Outstanding".

We were very tired but jubilant. I began planning the next steps to improve our vehicular reliability.

Suddenly - I was summoned (along with several other senior enlisted Marines) to see the Commanding General USMC Okinawa. And was informed that I would have to retire within six months - part of President Clinton's Reduction in Force Plan.

I felt like I had been kicked in the teeth. There was no appeal possible. I chose to retire as quickly as possible. I later asked myself, would I have still put my heart and soul into the the FASMO preparation if I had known about RIF in advance? Yes. Of course, I was a professional, surrounded by professionals who were counting on me.

Once out, and after taking off the uniform for the last time, I felt like I had lost my identity, that all that meant anything at all to me had been taken away. It was very difficult - as many on this forum have experienced.

Eventually time and experience proved me wrong. All of the training, work ethic, honor and integrity are still there. What needed to change was my way of thinking. If you had told me that driving a school bus with 40 plus children onboard would give me everything I ever hoped for, I would not have believed you. But it has. The Marine Corps / Army / Navy / Coast Guard / Airforce are outstanding finishing schools, however that time has passed in my life.

I would also like to note, that although I was long gone by the time of the 2003 Iraq war, my friend and fellow Marine, Greg Giles (Lifer) faced a far more difficult and dangerous situation as a Company Maintenance Chief, while supporting combat operations in Iraq. While I am not privy to the details, there is no doubt in my mind that he Measured Up to the standard that the Corps expects. And for that, he will always have my respect.

Treetop64, our job, regardless if - for me - a maintenance chief, construction site clean up guy (that required a significant attitude adjustment!) or bus driver is to be the best we can be. The most thorough, professional, reliable man on that team. Sadly, it does not seem to take much to stand out from one's fellow workers. You - your attitude, reliability and work ethic - determines how important your contribution is. Not the job title.

It was a gradual process for me to realize how good I had it; but it only gets better as each day goes by. I love my job - it would be more accurate to say that I am hopelessly stuck on the awesome kids that I spend my day with. Not to mention a First Class Wife, time to pursue swimming, nights free and weekends to play AE. And Beautiful Colorado Summers in the mountains, reading good books with exceptional people.

But - I had to do it a step at a time, learning to get the most out of every road bump that life put in my way. Things happen, that are beyond our control. What we do control is our response and - especially - how we think. Every challenge was the next rung in the ladder, and opened the door to to the next opportunity. Obstacles in life are there to be overcome.

I know that you are a good man. Never be ashamed about what you do in life. Never fall from a standard or expectation of exellence in all that you do.

We are blessed to have you with us.

Mac









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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 6:19:51 PM   
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Great story that I loved reading.  Thanks, Mac.

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 6:31:39 PM   
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ed: Two years of physics, then quit. Became an independant contractor in building rehab. Then sales at a building supply retailer. Then purchasing agent for an electrical/plumbing wholesaler, then computerized inventory for a security company, then PA for a plumbing wholesaler. Currently on disability, so I have plenty of time to waste on AE.
quote: Marshall Foch before the Marne: "Mon centre cède, ma droite recule, situation excellente, j'attaque. My centre is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking."
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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 6:34:51 PM   
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I have high regards of your views, Mac. And that post again shows why.

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 7:13:33 PM   
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I have high regards of your views, Mac. And that post again shows why.

You are not the only one, Lenny.

@Treetop64 - I race sailboats and have crews from every walk of life. One of my most favorite is Scott Clapp (Scotty the Love Monkey), a highschoop dropout who works in a woodshop making kitchen cabinets (think he has since gotten his GED). He's one of the best foredeck guys I have ever sailed with. Everyone else who has sailed with me has the same appreciation of Scotty. He's a good friend and fun to sail with (except almost every April, when I have to bail him out of the Ensenada jail after 7 too many Tequila and Red Bulls). Scotty is Scotty: his worth is in who he is, and not his resume. Would sail with him anywhere, anytime, on any size boat. So don't fash your'sel laddie; a person's worth is not in their wallet, nor in their job description. We all die broke and naked. Ciao. J

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 8:13:37 PM   
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Mac, I was stationed at Schwab. Good beach there.

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RE: Meet the Forumites - 4/28/2012 8:27:45 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

Great story that I loved reading.  Thanks, Mac.


Indeed. Thank you very much, Mac.

Oh, and Semper Fi!

Marine Corps from 1989-1993, MOS - 0151 (Admin Pogue). Was in boot camp at San Diego exactly two weeks after high school graduation. Could not wait to get out of the house...

Relatively unspectacular stint, and kept out of office hours (unfortunately, a very common event where I was stationed). After boot camp and ICT (Infantry Combat Training) I was off to Admin School for three months, then returned to MCRD San Diego for duty at Headquarters Battalion. And there I remained for the remainder of my tour, doing paperwork every day, and dressing up for ceremonial muster every Friday morning. Got dirty going to CRT (Combat Readiness Training, for non-0300 types) at Camp Pendleton every six months, and qualifying at the range, which I absolutely loved. Made Sharpshooter in boot camp (five points shy of expert on a very windy day) and Expert every time since. Ultimately, though an obviously excellent military branch, I found that the Marine culture personally wasn't my cup of tea and I honorably discharged after four years.

I know exactly about the quality of people you worked with. Marines tend to hold themselves to an exceptionally high standard in every aspect.

Had difficulty in the civilian sector after getting out and joined the Coast Guard in 1995. Had a much better experience this time around, especially in boot camp. In fact, (except for the Cape May, NJ winter), I found Coast Guard boot camp rather enjoyable - no doubt a result of being hardened by the experiences in Marine Corps boot camp. I could even out-cadence most of the company commanders and was often called to march the company! After graduating I was stationed for six months on the USCGC Courageous (MEC 622, a 210' cutter) in Panama City, Florida, while on a wait-list for Avionics Technician A-School. A-School was exactly what I hoped it would be: eight hours a day, five days a week of nothing but Ohms Law, trons, engineers manuals, and tons of math! We were trained to troubleshoot everything electronic on an aircraft down to the component level. My soldering skills were particularly noted by the chief instructor as being "very clean", and of "having a nice touch".

Graduated A-School and was stationed to service and help fly HC-130s at Air Station, Sacramento, CA. The cool thing about Coast Guard aircrews is that they fly as crewmen on missions as well as servicing the aircraft when parked on the ramp, so AVTs also flew as radiomen, navigators, and radar operators. Enjoyed the duty, the prestige of being an aircrewman, and had plenty of time off even with 1-in-4 duty rotation (on emergency call every four days). But I fell in love with California and decided to get out in 2000 and try to make a life here. It's been a roller coaster ride ever since, with more down slopes (and a couple of crashes) than up slopes...

I took the obvious course and got work servicing avionics at a local airport. Eventually I discovered, to my disappointment, that for the job I needed as much metalworking skills as electronic skills, and I had none of the former. It was needed for upgrades and modifications to aircraft avionics. If you installed new, non-standard equipment you also had to fabricate the mounts for them, and the FAA has very strict mandates on how mounts are fabricated and installed in aircraft. Surprisingly, metalworking actually consumed more time than anything else. In C-130s, all the mounting hardware you'll ever need in the avionics and cargo bay is already there. Furthermore, as good as I thought I was with aircraft systems, my competency was nowhere near that of the civilian techs who have been there doing the job for decades. It wasn't going to last, and I admitted as much to my boss, who expressed his appreciation to my critical self-analysis. He offered me a position in the admin section of the office but I turned it down.

Tried returning to school and have been in and out of college a few times. Got good grades and did particularly well in math and trig, even tutored on the subject, but for some reason I just couldn't stick it out for the duration. It's been a very troubling thing; I don't understand it.

Landed a good job at Centex Homes in San Ramon as an assistant project manager (this position recommended the applicant be a college grad, but I impressed well enough to get the position even though I hadn't finished college). Eventually however, the internal politics, egos and personality conflicts, as well as some open racism (I'm mixed race) made the job unbearably difficult and I resigned after little over one year. Centex itself was acquired not long after.

On the side, I started my own little business of consulting and building PCs and workstations. It was a bit informal as I built gaming PCs as a hobby, but it began to take on a life of it's own, growing by word-of-mouth more than anything else. I received some pretty nice checks while doing that, at times more than my salary at Centex, but things started getting complex with licencing and legal issues and as I was the only guy in the enterprise it became overwhelming. It eventually petered out.

The last good job I had was at Sony in Foster City. That wasn't to last, either: my department closed shop and moved to San Diego, and there was no option to tag along.

That was two years ago and I've been unemployed ever since. I've been subsisting mostly on my own savings but that will disappear soon. My problem is that I tend to be extremely hard on myself, and I tend to avoid personal relationships and social situations. I have no family, no siblings, and both parents died many years ago, so I rely on myself for counsel - not always the best of situations, admittedly. I had a nervous breakdown after Centex ("friends" suddenly disappeared, the girlfriend at the time left abruptly the day I quit, the "business" was dying, and I had difficulty finding new work) and admitted myself to a hospital because I was becoming suicidal, and I remained there for several months for treatment.

Everyone experiences difficulties, but my attitude and outlook has the effect of magnifying things way beyond their reasonable bounds. I'm able to say that looking back in hindsight, but it's very difficult for me to adjust that perspective in the present time. Your post went a long way in making me feel better, and I really appreciate you taking the time to post it.

Ok, sorry. I've hijacked this thread enough!

EDIT: P.S. @ JWE - Thanks for that. Noted your comments after I posted.

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Interesting thread.

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You studied to be a schoolhouse door?

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Onime No Kyo


quote:

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You studied to be a schoolhouse door?


No you silly little mouse, it is a qualification that used to give you a University Scholarship, but I went into the Army instead.

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