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#0, OWaW 03
Posted by Gryphon on Jan-27-15 at 01:12 AM
Under way. A fragment:

"Francesca! Be careful, you could - um - Shirley - I don't think he can breathe - oh dear."

--G.
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#1, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by BobSchroeck on Jan-27-15 at 08:43 AM
In response to message #0
>Under way. A fragment:
>
"Francesca! Be careful, you could - um - Shirley - I don't think he can breathe - oh dear."

I don't know why, but that led my mind directly to

"Of course I'm serious, and don't call me... oh, wait, right."

Looking forward to more of the good stuff, Gryph.

-- Bob
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My race is pacifist and does not believe in war. We kill only out of personal spite.


#2, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Gryphon on Jan-27-15 at 04:53 PM
In response to message #0
"Huh. I think that's the strangest thing I ever put in my mouth. On purpose, anyway."

--G.
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#3, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by The Traitor on Jan-28-15 at 07:42 AM
In response to message #2
"No! No chewing! No chewing, for the love of - oh, hell..."

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#6, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Polychrome on Jan-29-15 at 02:26 AM
In response to message #2
Innuendo? I hardly know 'er!

Polychrome


#4, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by SpottedKitty on Jan-28-15 at 09:11 PM
In response to message #0
After these two snippets, I don't think any of us readers will be able to stop laughing until the actual story gets posted... ;)

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#5, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Droken on Jan-28-15 at 09:36 PM
In response to message #4
It does seem rather doubtful. Really, either of those can go in so -many- different and amusing ways :D

#7, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Matrix Dragon on Jan-29-15 at 11:35 PM
In response to message #0
"Lieutenant Hutchins."

You are a very bad man. *Is all too amused*

Matrix Dragon, J. Random Nutter


#8, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Gryphon on Jan-30-15 at 00:54 AM
In response to message #7
LAST EDITED ON Jan-30-15 AT 00:58 AM (EST)
 
>"Lieutenant Hutchins."
>
>You are a very bad man.

The seeds of that introduction appeared while I was working on the profile documents and had to look up everybody's birthdate. My grandparents' ages have been on my mind for a while now, for various reasons we don't need to go into here, and so when I was doing that and I noticed that Sanya Litvyak was born in 1930, it occurred to me then that most of the main characters are of their generation. Some of them are very close in age indeed - Erica Hartmann, for instance, is four days older than my grandmother.

On top of that, when he first joined the Army Reserve in college in the early '50s, my grandfather originally intended to be a pilot (despite the recent founding of the Air Force as a separate service, the Army still operated its own fixed-wing aircraft for reconnaissance and artillery spotting at the time - may still do, for all I know), but the assignment didn't come through and he wound up an infantry officer instead. One assumes the wartime Liberion Army Air Forces are a little more careful how they manage their witches' MOS paperwork. :)

Amusingly, in real life my grandmother didn't actually know she was Canadian until she applied for a border crossing card a few years ago. She always assumed she was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, like Gramp was. Even U.S. Social Security never noticed; it took the State Department digging around to discover that she was actually born just over the border in Grand Falls, New Brunswick. (In 1928! Canada wasn't a fully independent state until 1931. I think that technically makes her a British subject, although the point is moot since the U.S. government basically said, "Ah, the hell with it, nobody knew any better in '28 - have a passport." :)

--G.
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#9, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by rwpikul on Jan-30-15 at 03:16 PM
In response to message #8
>Amusingly, in real life my grandmother didn't actually know she
>was Canadian until she applied for a border crossing card a few years
>ago. She always assumed she was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, like
>Gramp was. Even U.S. Social Security never noticed; it took the State
>Department digging around to discover that she was actually born just
>over the border in Grand Falls, New Brunswick. (In 1928! Canada
>wasn't a fully independent state until 1931. I think that technically
>makes her a British subject, although the point is moot since the U.S.
>government basically said, "Ah, the hell with it, nobody knew any
>better in '28 - have a passport." :)

I felt like checking so:

She was a Canadian citizen, which in 1928 was a special class of British subject<1>, (created by the 1910 Immigration Act). However she probably lost that citizenship long ago due to the ten year limit on living abroad imposed by the 1947 Immigration Act.

Depending on her parentage she may have US citizenship on a jus sanguinis basis.


<1> This is a sense of British subject that is no longer in use. These days "British subject" only refers to subjects of the Crown who are not citizens of any Commonwealth nation.


#10, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Gryphon on Jan-30-15 at 03:27 PM
In response to message #9
>Depending on her parentage she may have US citizenship on a jus
>sanguinis basis.

This is probably why the State Department decided not to press the issue when the paperwork was getting done a few years ago.

The thing is that the Maine-NB border was absurdly porous in the early 20th century. A bit ironically, given that there was a very small war fought over it in the early years of statehood (no, seriously), nobody, neither locally nor in Ottawa or Washington, gave a damn about the border from the time it was fixed by treaty in 1842 until... probably the 1960s? And nobody really cared until 2001.

So Gram's parents, in the '20s and '30s, lived... wherever. Sometimes in Fort Fairfield, sometimes in Grand Falls, depending on how the farming was that year. I think the farm they finally settled on may even have straddled the border. That kind of thing was not in any way uncommon back in those days. It was not considered an imminent threat to national security that a few Canadian and American potato farmers weren't entirely sure which country they were in or belonged to at any given moment. :)

--G.
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#11, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Droken on Feb-06-15 at 05:53 PM
In response to message #0
So I spotted the mention of "hamdingers" marked on the packing crate in this episode, and was curious about UF-G's reaction. Was he shuddering on account of having been forced to consume them during the Golden Age, or is he remembering the events of Chance Encounter back early-ish in the Exile when he nearly bought the farm crushed by a crate of em?

#12, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Gryphon on Feb-06-15 at 06:10 PM
In response to message #11
>So I spotted the mention of "hamdingers" marked on the packing crate
>in this episode, and was curious about UF-G's reaction. Was he
>shuddering on account of having been forced to consume them during the
>Golden Age, or is he remembering the events of Chance Encounter
>back early-ish in the Exile when he nearly bought the farm crushed by
>a crate of em?

Gryphon has many, many unpleasant memory associations with hamdingers.

--G.
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#13, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Matrix Dragon on Feb-06-15 at 06:16 PM
In response to message #12

>Gryphon has many, many unpleasant memory associations with
>hamdingers.

The worst of which may involve actually trying to eat them. O_O

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#14, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Gryphon on Feb-06-15 at 06:26 PM
In response to message #13
>
>>Gryphon has many, many unpleasant memory associations with
>>hamdingers.
>
>The worst of which may involve actually trying to eat them. O_O

Well, quite. And a big part of that shudder is probably from his imagination trying to extrapolate what a hamdinger made as a field ration for the United States Army in the 1940s* would be like.

--G.
* This does, admittedly, assume they weren't left over from NW1. Or the Hispanian-Liberion War, for which - not a lot of people know this! - they were invented as a replacement for the hated beefundibulum.
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#15, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Tabasco on Feb-06-15 at 07:38 PM
In response to message #14
A classic case of the cure being worse than the disease?

#16, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Matrix Dragon on Feb-06-15 at 07:43 PM
In response to message #15
>A classic case of the cure being worse than the disease?

"Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should."

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