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Episode 17 - Part 1

  • Dec. 2nd, 2005 at 2:00 PM
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Parts 2-17 backdated. Most aren't very dial-up friendly, sorry bout that.

I'd like to dedicate this episode to [livejournal.com profile] la_petite_maman for her undying love of the baddies. Happy birthday!

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My father used to say that opportunity doesn't knock twice. Though I remember very little about him, those words were something that always stuck with me. Seize the day- when a chance arises, don't be afraid to take it. I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't live those words- I'd undoubtedly be six feet underground in a pine box, long dead from a bullet wound to the back of the head or blunt trauma or some similar violent end.


I was the oldest of my parents' four children- 2 boys, 2 girls. I hardly remember my siblings- their faces are just a blur to me now really. I was born in Detroit on a bleak December morning in 1917; my father worked on the assembly line for Ford Motor Company building Model Ts while my mother stayed at home raising us kids.


Growing up was rough, but then I doubt there are many people who've had easy childhoods. I didn't spend a lot of time at home growing up, and what time I spent there was mired in chaos and argument- fairly typical for the families in our lower class neighborhood.


I left home when I was 16. The Great Depression had caught up with my family and the last thing they needed was to try to feed another mouth when I was perfectly able to fend for myself. I hopped on a train heading west- a terrible cliché, but it got me to where I wanted to go. I never said goodbye, leaving in the dead of night while the rest of the family slept.


I spent the next three years taking whatever odd jobs I could find, hoarding what little money I was able to make. Life was hard, I won't lie, but there was something unequaled in the freedom I felt being on my own and making my own way, a burden on no one.


After working long hours in the fields or on random Government construction projects during the day, I'd often seek out bars as a way to unwind. The recent end of Prohibition made this an easy task. I wasn't always just looking for a drink- I admittedly was also often times looking for trouble- I found getting into a good fight was just the thing to release tensions that might otherwise build up to intolerable levels.


As I said, I tried to keep my eyes open for opportunity. Sometimes it was obvious- a pair of discarded shoes, a pocketed apple. Most of the time, however, opportunity wore a disguise. Part of the trick is seeing through the disguise even when your current situation might make that seemingly impossible.

Comments

[identity profile] amaryssobellus.livejournal.com wrote:
Dec. 2nd, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
YAY! Im first to comment... oK must read LIKE MAD WOMAN!
[identity profile] reinedepique.livejournal.com wrote:
Dec. 3rd, 2005 02:12 am (UTC)
dedication! yay! *gigglefit* Long live the baddies!
[identity profile] baratron.livejournal.com wrote:
Dec. 3rd, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
Long live the baddies, for without them, how would we know that the goodies are good?

Don't mind me, I'm in a funny mood.
[identity profile] reinedepique.livejournal.com wrote:
Dec. 3rd, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
LOL...I like that.
[identity profile] kaity-boo.livejournal.com wrote:
Dec. 3rd, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
YES! a new episode! -fangirls all over the place-

ok ok -deep breath- time to read! yay!
[identity profile] cecesims.livejournal.com wrote:
Dec. 3rd, 2005 07:43 am (UTC)
Woohoo, it's up!!!! *does a little dance*
[identity profile] jheneizhott.livejournal.com wrote:
Dec. 24th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
HIYA LUV THE STORY!
OMG I JUST LOVE IT! IT GETS BETTER EACH TIME!


PLEASE I HAVE 2 SITES 1 FOR MY SIMS STORIES AND THE OTHER FOR MY LYRICS......NICE HUH?

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[identity profile] sacredbean.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 1st, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
THE GHOST!!! AAACCKK!! :O

"hording what little money I was able to make."

*Hoarding. ;)
[identity profile] deception-pass.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 2nd, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
Thanks... ^_~
[identity profile] simsbarbie.livejournal.com wrote:
Oct. 4th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
great chapter. excellent screens.