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Date Posted: 07:57:12 11/30/06 Thu
Author: Rick
Subject: Re: Maintaining First Person
In reply to: Tom Yearby 's message, "Maintaining First Person" on 06:04:21 11/30/06 Thu

>There has been some interesting comments regarding
>maintaining first person over on the OTB. I think this
>would be a good place to sound off on the subject. My
>opinion is that I hope first person is maintained. I
>have been disappointed on this one before, so I am
>prepared to be disappointed again. I will attempt to
>maintain first person. I am good at it. Some are not.
>If mess mates want to talk modern stuff around the
>fire, that is their business. If they want to do it
>with everyone, I think that is wrong. If you can't
>refrain from talking about modern things, just don't
>talk. First person spreads when used. So does modern
>talk. I hope that the rigors of the march will help
>guide the conversation to bitching and moaning, and
>not "I wish I had my cell phone." I will say this, I
>do not want to see a camera pulled out of a haversack.
>I was schooled by those that believed such things
>should not happen. We should respect what we are
>trying to recreate, and that means not bringing our
>modern things, thoughts, talk to the event. I do have
>high expectations. I hope I am not disappointed. The
>thoughts of others on this subject are appreciated.

I agree with you. After marching all day and lack of a detailed schedule, most conversations will probably be about sore feet and wandering what will happen the next morning. As for modern items such as cameras, cell phones , and such, I can only say that I will not bring mine because they are too expensive to expose to the rigors of campaigning and unpredictable weather.

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