It is Saturday and the Syrian missile strike is winding down in the media….the “Big Bang” in Afghanistan is still newsworthy (for now)……of course there is North Korea which is , well, North Korea……now they are ramping up for the mid-terms in 2018….beginning with the special elections to replace all those unfortunates that joined the Trump admin from the Congress.
So keeping with my tradition I will post on anything other than what the media is fixating on……
My early years were full of indecision and confusion and a loss of direction…like most young adults……after 2 and half years in Vietnam I was released from the Army and turned lose on society…..unfortunately my job in the Army had NO civilian equivalent.
Life in America after Vietnam was a boring mess…..I drifted from job to job and all the while I was missing the adrenaline high from my days in combat…American society in the 1970’s was a boring mess after combat….most everything was pretentious and ego driven. Nothing I did offered any challenge….I was bored out of my mind.
Finally I decided that if I could not find the high that I needed in American society I would do the next best thing……I considered joining the French Foreign Legion….believe it or not it still exist and still a place a person can go to outrun his past…..no questions asked.
I read this article about the unit is what made me think about my youthful decision…..
What comes to mind when you think of the French Foreign Legion? Most likely men struggling through the desert in heavy blue coats and white peaked caps. Men who joined up after a lifetime of crime, fighting valiantly, then leaving the Legion to become tough, faceless mercenaries trading on their background, or else dying in the mud of Dien Bien Phu as the last choppers leave for La Belle France.
The reality is different. In its first version, the Legion was seen as a rough mercenary force that guaranteed immunity from criminal prosecution, as well as a new life and French citizenship. In its second incarnation, the Legion became a sort of substitute family. Now in its third, the official image of the Legion is of an elite fighting force, to be compared with the British SAS or the US Navy Seals. Today, legionnaires are much more than a band of mere ‘expendables’.
The answer your next question…NO! I did not join the “Legion”…after much thought and agonizing days…I decided to return to college and get my degrees in International Relations and Conflict Management…..a wiser choice on my part. This decision afforded me a chance to travel and out run the boredom.
Well that is a look into the life of chuq….time for me to shut down the keyboard and enjoy the weekend…..hopefully you will do the same…..be well, be safe……chuq