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Episode 17 - Part 1

Parts 2-17 backdated. Most aren't very dial-up friendly, sorry bout that.

I'd like to dedicate this episode to reinedepique for her undying love of the baddies. Happy birthday!


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.


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