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    Default Re: PessOptimist's Account Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by nasa1974 View Post
    It's amazing how a bunch of 20 somethings in the service are/were responsible for millions of dollars worth of equipment. You are correct about "taught to do with pride". Never got out of the States; Lackland, Chanute and F.E. Warren (70-74). Always remember the sacrifice of our men and women in service.
    Pocket Rocket guy. Remember when everyone predicted you would never have a trade when you got out? I think most of you did well. Thank you.

    No matter what any of you did in your service, remember nasa’s words
    Always remember the sacrifice of our men and women in service.
    PO

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    This is supposed to be about TSP investments, right? Status quo for now, 13% C, 87% G. I retire in 6 months. I am huhner oder schüchtern about investing.

    The stuff below brings back a flood of memories from that time.

    Sgt Mark had a 12 or so year old Opel Rekord. One of those cars that could no longer pass the FRG TÜV but could pass the USAREUR test. Part of his mentorship was taking us into “Germany” a couple times a month. Rules were we only went on weekends that did not include the 15th or end of the month. Common paydays for US military in FRG. We started out going to Gasthauses and having a meal along with beer of wine. Save your money between paydays. All mine was going to my family except for $20 per month. He also took us to some of the gentleman’s clubs in the area. What money we had would disappear at an amazing rate in those places. Then when he saw fit he took us in to Frankfurt am Main on a Friday that coincided with the end of the month Army/Air Force payday. What a crowded zoo that was. KaiserStraße was unbelievable. Roaming the stairwells and gawking at the prostitutes and price lists on the wall. Then over to Sachsenhausen. Apfelkorn, apfelwine some places even called it apfelsaft which is juice. That apfel stuff will make you feel bad for days.

    Thanks to Sgt Mark for the introduction to Germany. After my wife and daughter arrived (remember, sold everything and bought a plane ticket) and we found a humble abode “on the economy”, we had house guests every weekend. They would bring food, drink and sometimes take us on incredible road trips. My daughter had three “uncles” who all surprised me with their child care skills. Including diaper changing and rinsing if necessary due to a “big one”. The down side was three less than sober airmen sleeping on the furniture. I would never want to repeat that part of my life but do cherish it.

    PO

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