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Farmer bar, fields and orchards, western New York state

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Went to a Farmer bar in upstate NY a few nights back. A Chinese marine said that he was going to kill me because he thought that I did not believe that he was the brother of a caucasian woman. “She is my sister, we just have different parents.” He seemed far too concerned about this for me to tell him that I simply did not care. So I just looked at him. I suppose that this was not sufficient because I had to arm wrestle his marine buddies……for honor, maybe? I dont know. So I arm wrestled them out. Fared well against a fat one but lost fairly against their leader. They were an all right bunch of meatheads.

At least marines seem to have some degree of passion about being hired killers. I have yet to meet a marine that said he joined solely to recieve money for college or some other such nonsense. I have also found that if I am conjenial with them that they will teach me a few of the skills of their trade. Like how to rip off noses, ears, eyeballs, and balls; how to break elbows, fingers and crush windpipes. There have been mercenaries in all times; engadging them in lowlevel verbal conflict will not make them go away, it will only stifle a situation in which I can learn from people who are much different than myself. To argue politics is to cerebrally degrade life into manipulatably segments. I am black and you white. I washed my hands of this long ago. But it is rather humorous to try to take oneself seriously once in a while.

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3054 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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