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  •  Lots of horrific stuff to get exposed to (1+ / 0-)
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    Richard Cranium

    growing up in that decade (probably every decade--I wonder about my mom's story about being given away by her family to live on a farm during the Depression because they had to give up at least one kid to make ends meet). I know that the experience altered her self-image, her way of managing money and other essentials all the way along, and her view of what family should be. Unfortunately, she never realized her dreams in any of those areas and so became disillusioned too. We have a lot in common and I'm grateful she's still here for me to trade stories with.

    But the music sure was amazing through it all, wasn't it RC?

    I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

    by dannyboy1 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 08:50:27 AM PST

    •  Sometimes, I think... (2+ / 0-)
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      the only thing that got me through the 60's and early 70's, was the music.

      And an hallucinogenic or three.

      It was definitely a different world back then: a time that those who weren't around then simply don't have the frame of reference to relate to.

      In one of my rare moments of sobriety, I enlisted.  At the time, the results were mixed.  But I'll forever be recognized (for VA purposes) as a Vietnam era veteran.  The dividends that decision paid  out n my geezerhood are immeasurable.

      I'll never apologize for that.  I made the commitment when few others would, and I'm proud of that now.

      I'm sad on this 50th anniversary.  But without JFK challenging me as a child, I would have never made the commitment as a young man.  Time has elapsed.  I'm an old man now.  

      I still believe, when I look back at what I did, that I made a difference.  That I met Jack Kennedy's challenge.

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      by Richard Cranium on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 07:27:39 PM PST

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      •  Our stories aren't too different, (0+ / 0-)

        though you were a couple of years ahead of me. I'm not even sure about the moment of sobriety before enlisting, but I do recall that first day going to basic, still with the long hair (most of us had it), and 55 gallon drums in the reception all for all the "contraban," which were filled to overflowing as we were told to get rid of our goodies. As I passed by and dropped in my little baggy, I looked in and drooled a bit. It would be a long time before I got a taste again...

        I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

        by dannyboy1 on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 05:19:14 AM PST

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