From: Punta Gorda FL
Now that I see that this is a joint AAR like I have going with vontiger, what would be more entertaining would be for you guys to do a lot more smack talk. Taunting should be encouraged. Also, ranting about how unfair the game is and how it loves your opponent and hates you is socially acceptible.
Moo is a gentleman and has real life issues that would preclude any smacking talk even in jest. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will scar me for life. Or something like that. On the other hand a good RA 4.2 smackdown can generate a better opponent for future battles. I always learn more from my mistakes than something I do correctly. I haven't seen any out and out mistakes on the part of Moo yet. And believe me, I'm looking for them. Moo plays a lot like me which isn't all that surprising since we're both still learning. This is a friendly game between the two of us, or at least it started out that way, and I for one have so many real life smack downs I could really use a good friendly game. I'd tell you about them but you'd start crying.
Okay.....I'll tell you one. And this one still bothers me. When I came back from Vietnam for the second time I saw young people throwing red paint on the veterans and calling them "baby killer" etc. Some of those guys were drafted and didn't have a choice whether to go or not. Some of those guys were like me and volunteered because they thought it was the right thing to do. Most of them couldn't find a decent job somewhere else and it was the Army or nothing. But none of them deserved awstracism for what they did. They didn't deserve the bigotry and prejudgice that America showed them after returning. People would stare at me if I wore my combat boots when I went somewhere. Yeah, when I passed they would stop walking, turn around and stare. Like I was a monster or something. I haven't forgiven Joe Sixpack and Susie Mae bathrobe for their behavior even yet and it's been like 45 years ago now. My sister finally, in 2004, thanked me for my service and it was only because she was my sister that I didn't tell her it was too futher mucking little too futher muckiing late. And thanks for nothing. Thank you very much.
Now, here is where I admit to being a dumbass, as though that wasn't already obvious, but that last screen grab with the rows and rows of Japanese TFs, what the heck is that? I've never played a Reluctant Admiral so maybe I don't know how it works, are those false reports or what?
(1) Those were real TF's that actually and really were right where they were depicted as being.or (2) I did a cut and paste of a TF and multiplied it many times over to confuse and flammox the reader as to the real whereabouts of my actual TF's so as to maintain OPSEC..
First - I want to tell a story - as a 12 yr old, I met a guy who was a WWII veteran. His left hand only had 3 fingers, he told me then and I'll never forget it, "I was one of the lucky ones who came home" when he told me his tales as a B-26 pilot... he was on his 30th mission in 1943 when his plane got hit in attacking an desert fort in Africa. His co-pilot got killed and he crash landed back at his base - thats where he lost his fingers... He told me something else I'll remember ot this day " I went because they told me to go - I fought because they told me to fight - and I'll vote in every election because I EARNED that right doing it" To this day I make sure I vote in every election because of him and the people like him who didn't get to come home...
Secondly- THANK YOU for your service, I cannot undo what others have done, but I DO know your hurt should not linger, for the same reasons as my neighbor gave me as a child...
PS I went up to my wife's P/T job in the fire marshal's office and a WWII Navy vet was in there getting a smoke detector inspection form filled out. My wife introduced me to him and he was wearing his Navy ball cap... He served on a DD throughout WWII in the S. Pacific. His ship was on picket duty and he saw the second "public" raising of the flag over Iwo Jima from his ship. I would have loved to talk more and my feeble mind cant remember the name of the DD, I thought it was Perry, but that was a DMS and his definitely said DD, so I must be wrong.
Anyway I thanked him for his service and he thanked me for that... I just don't get people... they enjoy the freedoms veterans have given them, and then s*it on them when they did what they were told to do!!!! AAARRRGGGHHH!!!! stop, breathe deep, exhale,repeat...
Finally thanks for the kind words Larry - but I worked in a "fart factory" ie; roomful of blue collar guys! - LOL I like the riposte but I don't always carry it off well...