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    geologist heroes? That's a tad beyond calling firefighters and cops heroes, which is pretty absurd itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genesus
    geologist heroes? That's a tad beyond calling firefighters and cops heroes, which is pretty absurd itself.
    There are many "heroes" in all walks of life. I spent a number of years soldiering but don't talk about that much. Most people have that potential inside them and when the time comes.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by rowlie
    There are many "heroes" in all walks of life. I spent a number of years soldiering but don't talk about that much. Most people have that potential inside them and when the time comes.........
    Hey, well said! It's true too: I'd like to think I've met some of those people. If I'm lucky I'll meet some more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rowlie
    I spent a number of years soldiering but don't talk about that much.
    I actually missread the above sentence as 'spent a number of years soldering'. I was kind of wondering why the hell that would be something special. After a couple of minutes I actually figured out what you were saying

    Anyhow, I agree, there are so many people out there who you never hear about, even though they do so much for the rest of us...

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    All this talk of heroes reminds me of an early episode of the television show "Northern Exposure." Station owner Maurice Minifield had this to say over the air waves of KBHR about Walt Whitman...
    When I was a boy growing in Oklahoma City I would go to the show on Saturday. My favorite was John Wayne. It didnít matter what kind of movie it was: cowboy picture, war movie, I was with him all the way. Except for The Quiet Man; that one bored the hell out of me. By the time I was nine years old, I was walking and talking like the Duke. Then one day, the walls came crashing down. I was playing army with the Marshall boys, Jed and Jeff, in Baileyís Woods. Jeff said kind of off-handedly that John Wayne didnít do his own fighting, didnít throw his own punches, didnít take his own hits or his own falls. Well, I kicked the hell out of the Marshall boys. Then I ran all the way home and asked my daddy if it was true that John Wayne didnít do his own fighting. He said yes. John Wayne was my hero and the Marshall boys gave him feet of clay.

    Now I donít give a damn if Walt Whitman kicked with his right foot or left foot or that J. Edgar Hoover took it better than he gave it or Ike was true blue to Mamie or that God knows who had trouble with the ponies or the bottle. We need our heroes! We need men we can look up to, believe in! Men who walk tall! We cannot chop them off at the knees just to prove they are like the rest of us! Now Walt Whitman was a pervert. But he was the best poet that America ever produced. And if he was standing here today and somebody called him a fruit or a queer behind his back or to his face or over these airwaves, that person would have to answer to me. Sure, weíre all human. But thereís damn few of us who have the right stuff to be called heroes. That closes the book on that subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psic
    I actually missread the above sentence as 'spent a number of years soldering'. I was kind of wondering why the hell that would be something special. After a couple of minutes I actually figured out what you were saying
    Haha. That's the joke of my day.
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    Would that it had been. Neither is very heroic, but the way it is currently, soldiering is about as anti-heroic as you can get. Soldering is much more honorable, though.

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    Soldering is an heroic activity! The risk of dropping hot solder on your bare feet; the fear of connecting the wrong wires together ... Go naked and solder on regardless.

    Are there any heroic librarians out there? I really think so, if you can get past the small print.
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    Great story fingal! When I first saw the link I thought of Conan the Librarian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genesus
    Great story fingal! When I first saw the link I thought of Conan the Librarian.
    Thank you for that! Yes, I wanted to avoid Conan as I thought 'done that before'. I understand why the woman saved those books. Her words ring true for me:
    ďI loved the library, and we lost many books, but one shouldnít surrender. This is my message.Ē
    Not everyone is so dedicated.
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