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01-18-12, 5:16 PM

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Lol thanks. Actually I was in middle school. xD
 
01-19-12, 2:10 AM

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AHHHH Middle School oh just rub it in why don't you. Well I guess it can't be helped it was going to happen sooner or later now I am old. It's not so bad that just proves I have earned my silver hair. It's good to know that me and my crew helped defend your right to a safe education.
 
01-19-12, 2:35 AM

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Greetings, one and all! I'm PhillyFlash, born on January 12, 1959 (yeah, I'm THAT old) in Philadelphia, PA where I'm still living, only because I've yet to win the Powerball Lottery so I can move to some ritzy suburb.

Graduated from John Bartram High School in 1976, then left for Great Lakes and Boot Camp in July to start what would become a long and mostly boring Navy career, but I did a whole lot of traveling in my first four years in the service on two ships (USS Knox FF-1052 out of Pearl, then Yokosuka; USS Detroit AOE-4 out of Norfolk) as I got to visit Japan, Taiwan, (South) Korea, Phillippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Spain, France, Italy and Greece. Ahh! What an experience that was! Never saw any action in any conflicts though. Oh, yeah, I was a Storekeeper (I think it's called something different these days), hardly a glamorous position which you'd never see in those fancy Navy commercials, but without us, ships don't have parts to keep sailing and their crews don't have toilet paper to wipe their bottoms with, so we're important!

After leaving the service in 1996, I worked briefly in retail (Neiman-Marcus), didn't like it, so I left after a couple of years and got a position in the Federal Service where I've been ever since. Been watching anime seriously since 1996 when I discovered Sailor Moon (Coincidence? I don't think so!) and I've been a huge fan ever since!


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01-19-12, 4:51 AM

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@davismw2000 -- Welcome to my world. I knew something had changed in the world, not me, when cops and doctors started looking young. And military officers. I swear Majors were never that young!
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01-19-12, 6:24 AM

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lisnoire said:
@davismw2000 -- Welcome to my world. I knew something had changed in the world, not me, when cops and doctors started looking young. And military officers. I swear Majors were never that young!


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Why ,Why I promise to be good from now on Damn !#%& Fine well I guess I just have to except it Oh look its the stages of Denial.

I can remember some of the officers being young mostly snot noise Ensigns fresh out of Annapolis thought they knew everything ARRRRRRRRRRRgggh #$&^, bleep bleep
You do not know the number of times I wanted to take my sniper rifle and ...............

yngtadpole in case you don't know I was a SEAL
 
01-19-12, 6:33 AM

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To answer your question PhillyFlash your rating has been changed to...

The Logistics Specialist (LS) is a US Navy rating that was created on October 1, 2009 by the merger of the Storekeeper (SK) and Postal Clerk (PC) ratings.

Job Description

Logistics Specialists manage inventories of repair parts/general supplies and distribute mail for ships, squadrons, and shore-based activities. They procure, receive, store and issue material and repair components. They utilize financial accounting and database systems to perform inventory and financial management functions. Additionally, they sort and distribute all official and personal mail, manage money order and stamp inventories, and maintain financial and inventory reports.(wikipedia)

Here's mine Special Warfare Operator (yes call us up and we blow you up HEHE)

Special Warfare Operators are Navy SEALs. They are trained to jump from airplanes at high altitudes and open their parachutes at low proximity to the earth into frigid waters. They jump from helicopters travelling 30 knots at 30 feet over the water with no parachute. In addition Special Warfare Operators oversee ocean-borne mine disposal, carry out direct action raids against military targets, conduct reconnaissance, and secure beachheads for invading amphibious forces.(wikipedia)

In other words
We are just plan INSANE, MANIACS,CRAZY! mawhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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01-19-12, 11:24 AM

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davismw2000 said:
To answer your question PhillyFlash your rating has been changed to...

The Logistics Specialist (LS) is a US Navy rating that was created on October 1, 2009 by the merger of the Storekeeper (SK) and Postal Clerk (PC) ratings.

Job Description

Logistics Specialists manage inventories of repair parts/general supplies and distribute mail for ships, squadrons, and shore-based activities. They procure, receive, store and issue material and repair components. They utilize financial accounting and database systems to perform inventory and financial management functions. Additionally, they sort and distribute all official and personal mail, manage money order and stamp inventories, and maintain financial and inventory reports.(wikipedia)


Really? Well, it's a darn good thing I got out when I did as I don't think people would want me handling real live money or real live mail! I was much better with nuts, bolts, pencils, tp and repair parts! HA!

davismw2000 said:
Here's mine Special Warfare Operator (yes call us up and we blow you up HEHE)

Special Warfare Operators are Navy SEALs. They are trained to jump from airplanes at high altitudes and open their parachutes at low proximity to the earth into frigid waters. They jump from helicopters travelling 30 knots at 30 feet over the water with no parachute. In addition Special Warfare Operators oversee ocean-borne mine disposal, carry out direct action raids against military targets, conduct reconnaissance, and secure beachheads for invading amphibious forces.(wikipedia)

In other words
We are just plan INSANE, MANIACS,CRAZY! mawhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha


So, you're a SEAL, eh? Have you ever meet Dick Marcinko? I've read a few of his Rogue Warrior books and the guy's a riot!


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01-19-12, 6:34 PM

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Yeah I have read his books he was actually out when I joined but I have chatted online with him and he is cool. I learned much of how to survive from his advice when I was in Iraq. Unfortunely I have not heard form him since 91-92 so no clue what he is doing now
 
01-19-12, 6:44 PM

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@PhillyFlash Ohh I really enjoyed Marcinko's books as well. I discovered him one day randomly at the airport when picking up a book to read for the flight.Task Force Blue was my first and favorite. I don't think all SEALs would look up to him though since he wasn't the most PC even for the military. xD I actually found his stuff pretty helpful though for my own use. Leading from the front, Mr. Murphy's law, keeping a paper trail to protect yourself, preventing tunnel vision....all pretty useful. :3

@davismw2000 I always held SEALs in high regard so nice to meet you. I remember thinking in Iraq, that if a Marine likened himself to a Samurai, a SEAL was like a Ninja specifically trained to kill Samurai. LOL. So whenever I was on guard duty, I'd always be asking myself, if I was special forces, how would I attack? What would I target to cripple us? Fortunately or unfortunately, we haven't had to fight any small highly-trained troops like that. I think unfortunately, since it makes u lax in certain practices we should be doing.

When I was in Iraq, I didn't meet any SEALs but in training we did get to work with one platoon. Lemme tell you my experience with the SEALs. One day the SEALs were doing a live-fire exercise to an area next to ours and we were doing our war-gaming and had blanks. So some Marines thought they were part of the game and was shooting blanks at them until they were told to cease fire. Good thing the SEALs didn't shoot back LOL. Of course we weren't told they were training there until after that incident. xD
 
01-20-12, 1:34 PM

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Well we are kind of like the ninja of ancient Japan in that we are trained to hit and run. Now unlike ninja we are not assassins for hire. Plus we can't do all those jutsus to bad to could you imagine the look on some terrorist face when he thinks he has you then you put your hand together and shoot SHADOW CLONE JUTSU holy hell he would piss his pants and run.

As to Marcinko yeah he got kind of strange there
 
01-20-12, 1:59 PM

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A pity I was a lowly boxkicker during my time in the Navy, but then, considering the training guys go through to become a SEAL, perhaps that's a good thing. HA! I remember watching a documentary show on Discovery Channel about SEAL training, and that left me shaking my head, age and secure in the knowledge I wouldn't have made it through the first day! Double HA! My hat's off to you guys!


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01-20-12, 4:56 PM

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I remember a period when they were short of UDT/EOD personnel and posted a recruiting notice in the POD for the various outfits in HI at the time. It looked like a really good way to get out of the squadron at the the time (as usual, you always HATE the command you are at until you transfer out), and I knew a guy who actually took them up on the offer and joined. Me, I was put off by the notice immediately following the recruiting notice. They were also advertising the Annual EOD Half-Marathon being run later that month, which, in and of itself, was not a bad thing, but the killer was that all proceeds from the race, aside from prizes, would be donated to the EOD/UDT Memorial Scholarship Fund. There's something about that word Memorial that just sort of leaped off the page at me....


 
01-20-12, 7:23 PM

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Hey all, Im Robbie, or Gerentex, whichever you prefer or for whatever reason remember at the time you talk to me, I was in the Army for 6 years as a 45/63D (Artillery Mechanic) did go to Iraq twice, now I'm out and like a few others I saw on here, going to school for a living, planning to get into Mechanical Engineering to work for a company like Virgin Galactic. The first anime I saw was Nausicaa and the Valley of the wind, when I was a kid, but stopped for a long time, then started watching again a short while ago, started back with 11 Eyes (good series if anyone hasn't seen it, btw), well, talk to you guys (and maybe gals) in a while
 
01-20-12, 10:40 PM

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Welcome.
 
01-20-12, 11:16 PM

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Hey all, Im Robbie, or Gerentex, whichever you prefer or for whatever reason remember at the time you talk to me, I was in the Army for 6 years as a 45/63D (Artillery Mechanic) did go to Iraq twice, now I'm out and like a few others I saw on here, going to school for a living, planning to get into Mechanical Engineering to work for a company like Virgin Galactic. The first anime I saw was Nausicaa and the Valley of the wind, when I was a kid, but stopped for a long time, then started watching again a short while ago, started back with 11 Eyes (good series if anyone hasn't seen it, btw), well, talk to you guys (and maybe gals) in a while
--Yeah! Another one for the Army. I was feeling out numbered! Just for fun, pop over to the head count thread and check in. Glad to have you here.
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01-21-12, 11:45 AM

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Hey otter, did you know there are (I think) 4 Coasties that are now SEALS?

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01-22-12, 2:55 AM

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I had never been around any Marines until I was stationed onboard an amphib (USS El Paso LKA-117) from January 1988 to June 1991, and did two Med cruises in '88 and '90. I'd have to say they were pretty cool dudes, yeah, we did rag each other constantly about what service was best, but it was all good-natured and everyone got along. I even got to ride ashore in a landing craft once, man, what an experience that was!


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01-22-12, 5:44 PM

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Here's mine Special Warfare Operator (yes call us up and we blow you up HEHE)

Special Warfare Operators are Navy SEALs. They are trained to jump from airplanes at high altitudes and open their parachutes at low proximity to the earth into frigid waters. They jump from helicopters travelling 30 knots at 30 feet over the water with no parachute. In addition Special Warfare Operators oversee ocean-borne mine disposal, carry out direct action raids against military targets, conduct reconnaissance, and secure beachheads for invading amphibious forces.(wikipedia)

In other words
We are just plan INSANE, MANIACS,CRAZY! mawhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
So davismw2K, did they still send you nutcases through SERE School, when you were active or had they closed that school by then?


 
01-22-12, 10:08 PM

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Hehe. Hope you don't mind me giving such a long quote:
Marcinko said:

"I have often maintained that Getting There Is Half the Fun. But today, following the presidential example, I can finally admit the truth: I have misled you. It was all mendacity. Lies. Duplicity. Prevarication. After almost a decade of these books, here is the unvarnished, frank, candid, pellucid, and wholly unadulterated acronymic truth: GTINFFAA. Getting There Is NO Fucking Fun At All. None. Nada. Bupkis. Zilch.

There is precious little merriment involved in jumping out of a perfectly stable fucking aircraft into minus-sixty-degree-Fahrenheit air, seven miles above the ground, so you can surprise some hostage-holding malefactors unaware. It is not blissful to leave a perfectly fucking sound rigid inflatable boat and insert by wallowing snout-first through several hundred yards of oozy, chest-deep mud, all the while fending off nasty, often lethal creepie-crawlies, so you can reconnoiter a village of no-goodniks and then withdraw without being seen. There is no ecstasy in humping several score miles across hundred-plus-degree desert carrying everything but the fucking kitchen sink on your back to blow up a motley crew of transnational tangos.

Indeed, the sorts of experiences I'm describing here can be summarized in a single, evocative, one-syllable word. I am talking, friends, about PAIN.

Not the cartoon pain of television dramas and Hollywood shoot-'em-ups, either. I mean the real thing. The kind of pain that hurts; hurts for days. The lingering agony of a badly hyperextended joint when you smack the water the wrong way at thirty miles an hour. The month of searing suffering when your chute malfunctions during free fall, a nylon line slaps you across the eyes, ripping your goggles off and tearing your cornea loose. The involuntary tightening of sphincter muscles as a ricochet from your own weapon caroms off a metal wall, bounces off the floor, comes hurtling back at you, and slices through your side, just below the brisket half an inch below where you bulletproof vest stops."
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01-23-12, 5:45 AM

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davismw2000 said:
Here's mine Special Warfare Operator (yes call us up and we blow you up HEHE)

Special Warfare Operators are Navy SEALs. They are trained to jump from airplanes at high altitudes and open their parachutes at low proximity to the earth into frigid waters. They jump from helicopters travelling 30 knots at 30 feet over the water with no parachute. In addition Special Warfare Operators oversee ocean-borne mine disposal, carry out direct action raids against military targets, conduct reconnaissance, and secure beachheads for invading amphibious forces.(wikipedia)

In other words
We are just plan INSANE, MANIACS,CRAZY! mawhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
So davismw2K, did they still send you nutcases through SERE School, when you were active or had they closed that school by then?


Yeah a version of it and no they have not done away with it at least when I was in. Talk about Insane
 
01-23-12, 6:37 AM

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davismw2000 said:
OrlahEhontas said:
davismw2000 said:
Here's mine Special Warfare Operator (yes call us up and we blow you up HEHE)

Special Warfare Operators are Navy SEALs. They are trained to jump from airplanes at high altitudes and open their parachutes at low proximity to the earth into frigid waters. They jump from helicopters travelling 30 knots at 30 feet over the water with no parachute. In addition Special Warfare Operators oversee ocean-borne mine disposal, carry out direct action raids against military targets, conduct reconnaissance, and secure beachheads for invading amphibious forces.(wikipedia)

In other words
We are just plan INSANE, MANIACS,CRAZY! mawhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
So davismw2K, did they still send you nutcases through SERE School, when you were active or had they closed that school by then?


Yeah a version of it and no they have not done away with it at least when I was in. Talk about Insane
Only school I'm aware of that required the instructors to attend MANDATORY psych evals every 6 months. And if you failed, you were gone! But it was a damn good school. I still remember about 60-70% of what they taught us in that week.
We had 2 SEALS, AND a new instructor go through the class with us. Seemed like every time we turned around during the camp phase, 1 of those 3 or one other guy, an Academy Grade LT, was going on the board. Don't know what he did to piss them off, but I found out later they always gave SEALS and new instructors the hardest times. The new instructors so that they wouldn't go overboard when they started teaching and the SEALS because when they first started sending them through, they goofed and sent a whole bunch through at one time (the class was nothing but), and they took over the camp. The SEALS passed, but wound up having to do it over again in singles and pairs. After all, the name of the course was SERE, not SERT.
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01-25-12, 2:30 AM

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Yeah to many SEALs and we take over it's what we do mawhahahahahahahahaha

I distinctly remember the whole you are a POW so what now training. The point of the test was how to survive being a POW. They pissed me off at one point I think they said something like it took seven men and one corpman to stop me. The corpman had to tranq me. When I came to the instructor said I passed the test go fig
 
01-25-12, 6:35 PM

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davismw2000 said:
Yeah to many SEALs and we take over it's what we do mawhahahahahahahahaha

I distinctly remember the whole you are a POW so what now training. The point of the test was how to survive being a POW. They pissed me off at one point I think they said something like it took seven men and one corpman to stop me. The corpman had to tranq me. When I came to the instructor said I passed the test go fig
I heard later that a corpsman is always one of the individuals doing the board to ensure that it doesn't go too far. Nice safety feature.


 
01-28-12, 10:09 PM

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Yeah supposed to being the optional word. There is always things that get out of hand that are "part" of the drill.
 
01-30-12, 9:08 AM

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Yeah supposed to being the optional word. There is always things that get out of hand that are "part" of the drill.
You're still on this side of the dirt, right?


 
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Hi, I'm GSMFN Junipermouse (SW). I am Active Duty and in the United States Navy.
I've been in the navy for two years now. And went on my first deployment for six months last year.
 
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Hi, I'm GSMFN Junipermouse (SW). I am Active Duty and in the United States Navy.
I've been in the navy for two years now. And went on my first deployment for six months last year.
--Hey, sailor. Welcome aboard.
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Well, I am a Vietnam Vet...Marine Helo pilot. Was in country latter half of 1969 & spent last half on Okinawa (1970). I flew the CH-53, an effing big bird. Statewide I did a lot of demo flying for General staff (I guess they liked my flying) for war game ops and troop insertions. Since the end of service in 1972, I did sporadic flying of many different types of aircraft ranging from little helos to C-117's. While I was in flight school in Pensacola, I applied for Astronaut training but was eliminated for a minor physical problem (a heart arrhythmia) which did not affect my flying. They wanted "perfect" specimens for the job. I would have been one of only 2 astronauts without a college degree.
Of course I am retired now (I'm 65) but still like to get outdoors for hikes, fishing and beach-combing. Of course, I love Anime!!!! That's why I am here in MAL.
 
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Well, I am a Vietnam Vet...Marine Helo pilot. Was in country latter half of 1969 & spent last half on Okinawa (1970). I flew the CH-53, an effing big bird. Statewide I did a lot of demo flying for General staff (I guess they liked my flying) for war game ops and troop insertions. Since the end of service in 1972, I did sporadic flying of many different types of aircraft ranging from little helos to C-117's. While I was in flight school in Pensacola, I applied for Astronaut training but was eliminated for a minor physical problem (a heart arrhythmia) which did not affect my flying. They wanted "perfect" specimens for the job. I would have been one of only 2 astronauts without a college degree.
Of course I am retired now (I'm 65) but still like to get outdoors for hikes, fishing and beach-combing. Of course, I love Anime!!!! That's why I am here in MAL.
--Roll the years back just a bit and both of us would be in trouble!
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lisnoire said:
Furykury1 said:
Well, I am a Vietnam Vet...Marine Helo pilot. Was in country latter half of 1969 & spent last half on Okinawa (1970). I flew the CH-53, an effing big bird. Statewide I did a lot of demo flying for General staff (I guess they liked my flying) for war game ops and troop insertions. Since the end of service in 1972, I did sporadic flying of many different types of aircraft ranging from little helos to C-117's. While I was in flight school in Pensacola, I applied for Astronaut training but was eliminated for a minor physical problem (a heart arrhythmia) which did not affect my flying. They wanted "perfect" specimens for the job. I would have been one of only 2 astronauts without a college degree.
Of course I am retired now (I'm 65) but still like to get outdoors for hikes, fishing and beach-combing. Of course, I love Anime!!!! That's why I am here in MAL.
--Roll the years back just a bit and both of us would be in trouble!

Heck, I can get into trouble now....I keep thinking like a 20 year old, but the ole bod just won't cooperate. Damn!!!! As I said to you once, I am too damn young to be this old. Muscle cars? The kids today don't know what those are!!!! Your '69 Firebird and my '71 Hemi-Cuda.....Those were muscle cars!!!!
--Got to drive a Hemi-Cuda once. Nice! Double trouble here, no doubt.
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Hey,

I was in the Army Reserves from 1999-2010 as a medic. I did one tour in Iraq during OIF III (2004-2005) under the command of the 42nd ID. My main role was an driving around my ambulance as part of convoy support , but I did pretty much everything except get to fly on black hawks as a medic.

I've been watching anime since I was a kid (even though I didn't realize it was anime at the time.) I'm currently 1 of 4 writers on a blog called AniRec if anyone is interested in reading it (I use the same name there too.)

Thanks for the invite. Anything else you guys need to know just ask.

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@Vorgun - really glad to have you here.
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Hola. I'm ZuLu. I started my navy career in '08. (it really seems alot longer.) I'm a carrier nuke. Did my first deployment last year. Boredom on said deployment brought anime back into my life.
 
07-06-12, 12:19 AM

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Welcome. Your first assignment is to watch every anime on the club list... by TOMORROW! Just kidding. =-P
 
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Hello, all

Former Army SATCOM here. Was in from '95 to '98, at which point my back and knee decided it was time for a new career. Since then I've bounced around a lot, having just moved to Wisconsin (again) and am working on finishing up a degree (again) I'm 50-80% complete on computer science, history and information tech, but have finished noe of them. I've only begun watching a lot of anime in the last 3 or 4 years, though I had watched some sporadically during the prior 15 years. Other hobbies primarily involve vehicles (I have a lifted Jeep on 35's and a '87 Buick Grand National - one for running over, one for outrunning, hehe) and firearms. I suppose gaming is a hobby of mine too....mostly on the computer of late, and mostly online, multi-player stuff. Oh, and dealing with the VA....does that count as a hobby? It doesn't feel like a hobby.

Right now, I've been watching quite a bit, though I should have my ass out in the driveway putting my cars back together, but.... I'm sure the weather will be cooler tomorrow, so let's see.... Time to find something to watch, hehe.
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Welcome Grimm. What online games? I've played Lord of the Rings, Aion, DC Universe Online and a few others.
 
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Vorgun said:
Welcome Grimm. What online games? I've played Lord of the Rings, Aion, DC Universe Online and a few others.


Hiya, Vorgun, nice to make your acquaintance. Now for my lengthy answer.

Let's see here, at present, I've been playing Blood Bowl Legendary Edition, Team Fortress 2 and Dungeons & Dragons Online (which is by the same people and uses the same game engine as Lord of the Rings Online) Blood Bowl and Team Fortress 2 are incredible values if you enjoy their genres. (Strategy and FPS respectively)

The others are pretty well-known, but I feel like Blood Bowl needs some description. It's a conversion of a table-top strategy game from Games Workshop that can best be described as NFL football themed chess, with dice, in a fantasy setting, with the violence jacked up to 11. And elves, undead, orcs, etc. Oh, and intentional fouls and whatnot. I got totally hooked and have played something like 500 matches in the past two years. Interesting online community too, as there are a lot of British and continental (French and Spanish mostly) players.

In the past, I've played Ultima Online, Everquest, Anarchy Online, Dark Age of Camelot, World of Warcraft, Lineage II, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Counter Strike, Global Agenda.

As you can tell, it's been mostly MMOs with a smattering of first person shooters, with Blood Bowl (strategy) being the outlier. I was fairly into the MMOs for a while, but then lost interest around 3 or 4 years ago. Though a friend got me to try out Star Wars: TOR, but it was just more of the same stuff I grew bored with. I decided to try out D&D Online on a whim, after hearing a bit about it on the RPG.Net forums and then seeing that it is now free-to-play on Steam. So far it seems ok; character development is deep and complex, which I like, but it also has (in my opinion) excessive item management, which I don't care for. Just too damned many scrolls and potions and on-use items, which is also what I didn't like about LotR Online, when I tried it out for a few days a couple years ago.

Anyway, as you can probably tell, I've been playing MMOs off and on pretty much since inception. These days I am trying to stay a little more to the casual end of the spectrum. Running raid guilds and trying to top PvP brackets just got too repetitive and became un-fun. Though it is difficult, as my competitive nature and obsession with maximizing sometime get the better of me.

Oh yeah, and I've been considering checking out Fallen Earth, a post-apocalyptic MMO, now that it is free-to-play on Steam as well.
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I played TF2 for almost 2 years, but then the servers I was on started to die. It was pretty fun and great for some epic battles. I haven't really found a good FPS since, but I mainly play RPG's myself. Planet Side 2 is the only new FPS i've seen that might be halfway decent. Be wary of Turbines GM's, they're terrible. =-P
 
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Heh, I almost sent this as a report...

I'm pretty similar myself...mostly RPGs, especially more old-school offline ones lately. Just started with TF2 again after not playing for about 3 years. Like it more now than I did then.
 
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Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

I served in the U.S. Army from January of 1990 through June of 1997. I did a lot of different things. But most of it can be summed up in a single MOS. Janitorial Engineer. I did a lot of walking around, cleaning up other people's shit. And I did some mobile Janitorial Engineering as well. I helped clean up a lot of messes. Some of it was real, some of it fun; but none of it was real fun.

Once, a Two Star drove up to a "mess" I was aiding in cleaning up and asked my Squad Leader "how are we doing tonight Sergeant?" Now I thought this was pretty damn rude since I was sitting there on the ground, covered in someone else's mess and I was about to spout something really stupid out of my mouth. However, SSG. G knew I was going to say/do something I would regret the rest of my life and yanked me out of the way, saluted said Two Star and replied "I'm living the dream sir!" The Two Star saluted back and drove off.

Post Balkan region clean up I moved back state side and left the Army to begin my new career in life "Janitorial Engineer-Civilian". This job entailed cleaning up messes left by my (EX) wife. It was really fun and entertaining, for about fourteen years and then that was over too. When she left, I decided it was my turn to "Live the dream". Thus, I packed up both t-shirts, both pairs of pants, seven pairs of socks and 7 pairs of under ware and moved from Cleveland Ohio out to Renton, Washington where I am currently "Living the dream".

I started watching Anime when Battle of the Planets (G-force to some of you) now known as "Science Ninja Team Gatchaman" hit the Ohio airwaves. This led to me watching Voltron, Star Blazers and eventually Robotech. Little did I know, but knownst to me now, that this little movie called "Warriors of the Wind" was also part of this exclusive little club I had enjoyed so much growing up as a child of the '80s (have mercy on my soul). My transition from "fan" to "fanatic" began with a little place in the Victorvalley Mall called Sun Coast Motion Picture Company. Where a despicably awesome young man by the name of "Eric" introduced me to "Bubblegum Crisis" from AnimEgo in Japanese with English Subtitles.

And the rest they say... is history. Thank you for reading the droll little rant and I am very happy to join you all. Every single one of you has the utmost of respect from me. You SERVED your country. We aint no angles, but by God we answered the call from our Country when it needed us. Hoo-ah! Or HUA. Or as my crazy assed former C.O. once said "CHUA! Commander's Head Up Ass!"
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Speaking of coins. If that two star didn't give you a coin, I'd agree that was pretty damn rude. =-P
 
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Hey, danieltousey. How was the culture shock moving from the midwest to the northwest? I'm just down I-5 about 10 min (depending on traffic) south of Ft. Lewis's main gate.
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Well lisnoire, it wasn't as large of an culture shock as one might be lead to believe. Being in the Army opened my eyes to the world (not put on the blinders for me). The friends I moved in with (Army Buddy and his wife) have been trying to talk me into moving here since 1997. I don't proscribe to mass market hyped up religious notions. I'm an independent free thinking individual. I'm (just barely) smart enough to avoid politics instead of debating them. I drink coffee like an M1 Abram's Tank guzzles JP8. I enjoy a good stout beer and I am completely and totally ambivalent when it comes to relationships (either SSDP or DSDP). And since none of those things really bother me, my only "shock" was the traffic on I-5, I-405 (OMG!!!) and SR 167.

I live a stone's throw from "The Landing" in Renton right on Lake Washington. Gene Coulon Park is my back yard. I might have mentioned this before, but this is truly "Living the dream" country. And since I am not a "good ol' buy" that listens to Country Music and wears shit kickers, moving here became a blessing for me.

And I kind of G2ed the range. I came out to visit during P.A.X. last summer and stayed for two weeks. I got to see, feel and experience something new everyday. And actually living here is an extremely convenient way to live. I like a good city.
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@danieltousey -- Open minded, into coffee, craft beer, and something other than Country Music. My friend, you are living in the appropriate corner of the USA. How'd you like Juneuary? Sure beat burning up with the rest of the country.
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@lisnoire - Juneuary, was absolutely divine. And another affirmation that the universe has nudged me in the right (Left?) direction. Did I mention my bibliophile condition? Having a dozen or so Half Price Bookstores around me (and Barnes & Nobles) on top of exquisite food/beer selections (The Berliner Pub in Renton) and a coffee shop in every nook and cranny has convinced me. Best of all (for a guy like me anyways) there is also work. So that I may enjoy all of those aforementioned locations when I am not at work. Naturally, that is the trick. To find the right job that pays one well enough, but doesn't require one to live at work either. I'll let you know if I find that balance. Or at least, until I land the best job in the world. The Penny Press Operator at the US Mint.
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@danieltousey - Been to the other side of the Cascades? Whole different planet. High dessert kind of like around Reno, NV. Not much going on, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, but there are some great wineries and parts of it can be pretty in it's own brown way. It grew up there. It's a nice place to be from.
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lisnoire said:
@danieltousey - Been to the other side of the Cascades? Whole different planet. High dessert kind of like around Reno, NV. Not much going on, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, but there are some great wineries and parts of it can be pretty in it's own brown way. It grew up there. It's a nice place to be from.


I have indeed been on the other side of the Cascades. It was a lovely trip (with my good friends I am living with now) back in '93 when we visited their old stomping ground in Humboldt County. I still remember that long trip (up from the Barstow area) very fondly. Living in the middle of the Mojave desert... not so much. But the people I served with there still influence me to this day. There is no real way to say "thank you" enough times to those people. They are more than just friends. My children grew up learning various quotes from SSG. G.

I grew up in what used to be an ideal place to live. I still love Ohio. But with the Automotive industry in a decline, the Steel industry almost destroyed and the massive exportation of factories out of Ohio, it is a depressing place to be in. Despite the fact that my whole family lives there, including my kids.

The city (and even it's traffic) are just something I have come to desire. Maybe it's a reaction to having lived in the middle of nowhere Ohio for 15 years. Or even getting divorced. Or maybe it's just my mid-life crisis. I like living around the hustle and the bustle (when taken in small quantities) so that I may enjoy random trips into Seattle, walk out my front door and into a coffee shop and be able to buy groceries without having to get in my truck and drive 20 minutes (to the nearest store).

And some day I might even go back to living somewhere quiet. That chapter has yet to be realized (in my life anyways). I don't see life as a series of destinations anymore. I want to focus on the how I am getting there and what I am doing along the way. I guess we could call it "positive self development fueled by an immense quantity of hyper kinetic self driven intestinal fortitude."
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Whats up guys the names iceking1 i joined in 20111702 man so that makes me the green horn i never deployed although im praying on it im a 91D in the army reserve i never once did my job since i left AIT been in my unit 479th chem HHD for about a year noew and think the younger soldiers these days arent cut out to be a soldier or even call themselves one its just a titlw for them to use most of them are shitbags i hope to reclass as a 19D and go active thanks for having me guys i grealy enjoy your company.
 
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Hey, iceking1! Welcome!
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