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Busted: a Vietnam veteran in Nixon's America by William Daniel Ehrhart

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It'll do you no harm. It's going to be a beautiful day today. Go and see for yourself. As for me, I am going to sleep. " Then he would do a little samba, turn lightly as if floating, and close the door behind him. By the time I reached the maneuvering platform down in the heart of the engineroom, Scotty's little wake-up would be an ordinary cigarette. " "My guess is one of the rummies got scared when the Pathfinder blew up," said Roger. "That was five days ago. Doesn't seem like a coincidence.

I used the plastic to rent a car, and we drove to Los Angeles airport where I bought a ticket on the next plane to San Francisco, again using plastic. " he asked. "I've got friends there," I said. "Hell, I don't know. I've got to go somewhere. They didn't exactly give me a whole hell of a lot of time to make plans. Sparky threw me off the ship without so much as a fare-thee-well. Wouldn't even look me in the eye. " Page 12 "They're all scared," said Roger. "Sparky and the rest of the rummies because they think you tried to blow them up.

But they hadn't. "I wish I'd gone to Canada while it still mattered," I had said to Roger. "Or Sweden. Lots of blondes in Sweden. But this'll do. " he had asked. "That's why I'm here. No news, no cops, no hassles, three square meals a day, and I get to watch the porpoises. A man could do worse. "You won't stay out here," he'd said. "Watch me," I'd said. "You've got a fire in your belly, boy. You've got a bee in your bonnet. You'll go back to the beach. You've got unfinished business. "That's my flight," I said as the airport public address system crackled.

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