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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by LawDog View Post
    ....I'll remain in the light.
    LawDog - you can be both. The light and the dark, the gentleman and the killer. The trick is to separate the two. One is who you are. One is what you do.
    Learn to turn it on and learn to turn it off.

  2. #12
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    Some people think this is what they want to do, but it's no TV show, and you don't always catch the bad guy or win the gunfight. Touching evil and living in the dark makes you appreciate the the good and the light. Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of others. The biggest fish swim in the darkest waters.

    Heady days, and unforgettable memories traded for the 1,000 small deaths of the sensible man.

    Hard pass....
    Masters in Warfare -- OEF Class of 2002-2003, 2006-2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bowman View Post
    Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of others. The biggest fish swim in the darkest waters.

    Heady days, and unforgettable memories traded for the 1,000 small deaths of the sensible man.

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    Brother....THAT...right there

    I will say there was a day when truly I could not lose a gunfight or a fistfight. Never. It wasn't true...I don't think...but fuck!

    Success breeds success. And yeah...the heady days of jeans and raid jackets, Eagle nylon and Point Blank Armor...and rams and Crown Vics...and sawed off shotguns. Its a strange feeling being immortal...even if it is only a temporary illusion that you think is real...but the more it is real, the more it is real. And like a drug, more powerful than any other, you chase that elephant because you deserve to chase it and catch it...you earned it and you want more.

    You won't see the sensible man feeling that...you won't see the responsible man feeling Roosevelt's wolf rising in the heart. Even now so many years later it still gives me chills. We were there...we did those things.

    But that drug changes you. Not in a bad way. It just keeps you from relating to the protected people ever again. You walk among them, but are not like them,,,nor will you ever be. Some people can handle that and others can't. I wrote some years ago about "moving like a ghost in the land of the living". It is like that. The groanings and strivings of the common human seem so trivial and small afterwards.

    Sadly, sometimes its a poorly chosen spouse. Mine saw me for what I was early on and stuck around. When a woman sees you giggle as you choke somebody in a parking lot into sleep...and doesn't run...you have something. A woman that marries Beaver Cleaver the insurance salesman and one day wakes up to Ragnar Lothbrock in bloody chainmail the next is horrified.

    In the words of the late great G Gordon Liddy..."I became the man I wanted to be".

    I am sitting here in my 4000 SF home, with my beautiful wife...who knows it all and has seen me angrier than Satan, kinder than any angel, and...seen me cry (something no living man has ever beheld). I am drinking a fresh squeezed OJ and Titos by the fire. The dog by my side, a Rolex Two Tone Sub on my wrist, and all in the world is right and just...because I have made it thus...because the things I learned swimming in deep dark and bloody waters have taught me HOW to make it so.

    SKOL MOTHERFUCKERS

    STAY DEADLY!!!
    Gabriel Suarez

    Turning Lambs into Lions Since 1995

    Suarez International USA Headquarters

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    I just got in from...work and saw this. Interesting post to read as I write this chapter of my life. Great Advice Gabe.
    Play stupid games... Win stupid prizes...

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    ****** " and all in the world is right and just...because I have made it thus...because the things I learned swimming in deep dark and bloody waters have taught me HOW to make it so. " ******

    Powerful.......
    Many are able, few are willing .

    Dirty is exactly why you are here.

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  6. #16
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    Thanks for this insight, the same I've heard from most warriors who've been there done that. Same for me with the Fire Services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LawDog View Post
    I would sacrifice my life on the field of battle without hesitation. I don't fear bullets or bombs or sword-wielding mujahedeen on horseback. But I do fear the darkness. I choose to live in the light.
    What scares me the most is at night with my eyes closed, I can't hide from myself.


    American Veteran and Patriot, Lover of God, Country and Family. No Regrets, No Bullshit


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    My hero:

    https://youtu.be/rlfMFWssTIk

    Edit: 30 second joke video

  9. #19
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    Fantastic thread.

    Memories of the best parts of the Job, during those heady days when you could go out and DO the job with a few chosen Brothers who were closer than any blood family.

    Men you knew you could Live with in the Darkness and Die for in Glory.

    Minimal gear; other than what you carried in your pockets, on your belt under a hoodie or Baja-Stoner pullover (I was in Northern California) or for us stashed in the various tinted-out ghetto Pontiacs sedans we all ran.

    Because as has been said so many times, “we were the weapons.” WE were the strong Fists of Justice!

    I so LOVED jumping out of a van or up out of some ivy bushes my partner and I had been in for 14 hours, tackling some dirtbag and seeing the fear and shock in their eyes.


    And the memories are still so vivid. I have been blessed/cursed with a near-photographic and audiographic memory. (Eidetic and Echoic for the sticklers.).

    Blessed for all those memories I love.

    Cursed for all I wish I could forget. As USN-P02 stated.

    Thank you Maestro.
    VIRES HONOR VIRTUS FIDES

    Complete Pistol Gunfighter
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  10. #20
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    All very good notes.I especially like #2.As a UC decades ago at the end of week cause we rarely worked Sat or Sun unless something was going on.I would clean up a bit.By that I mean shave saturday then let it grow the rest of the week.The hair was always growing.Past the shoulders,.I found if I was dealing with a richer client I would put in a pony tail otherwise let it flow.

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