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My Life as a Boy — Chapter 51

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I remember posing for this shot at our apartment building on 186th & Grand Concourse in 1943.
1943 was an exciting year. I was able to understand a little of what was being reported on the radio. My "Respawn Day" was December 27th, only 20 days after Pearl Harbor, the surprise Japanese attack on the American Naval Base and Henderson Field, that took the lives of 2400 Americans and wounded another 1400. The attack wasn't actually a surprise and eventually the truth will come out. The United States couldn't enter the war to help the British in both theaters of war, because sentiment in America was to keep out of it, as if they could. Had Great Britain been totally defeated and England occupied, there would never have been a D-Day Invasion of Normandy, and the Germans would have gone right on to attack the mainland U.S. as soon as they were able, so they could set up a 1,000 year domination of the planet. That sounds terribly effective, but another couple hundred years, nobody ever heard of them. That's the way Nature operates. There's a big ball of luminous dust where the planet on which you were its leader used to be. Nothing is stable. Homeostasis, the point where there is zero fluctuation in the body, is not a state you'd be likely to enjoy, although if you're a big fan of heavy drugs and downers, you'll do just fine inside a body that is essentially dead. Continue reading