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Aristus

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Hometown: Puyallup, Washington
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I truly believe that we will all live in peace and brotherhood someday. And so that I don't lose my faith in humanity, I will live my life as if that day had already happened.

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Russia's frantic grab for warm bodies reminds me of Rome after the Battle of Arausio.

105 b.c. Rome is trying to fend off an incursion into their territory known as Transalpine Gaul by Germanic tribesmen. At this time, Rome only permits property owners to serve in the legions, for two major reasons. One, they can afford their own weapons and armor, and two, only property owners are believed to have sufficient incentive to fight, as they have tangible assets to fight to protect. People who own no property are too poor to afford military equipment, and are believed to be uninterested in fighting because they have no assets to protect.

Rome's legions facing the Germans are commanded by a patrician general, and a plebian general from a lower social rank. The patrician general refuses to coordinate his movements with those of his social 'inferior', as a result, they are not able to bring a united force against the Germans when they attack. As a result the Roman legions are defeated, leaving Rome vulnerable to attack. Historians estimate a death toll of between 80,000 and 120,000 soldiers dead.

Desperate for warm bodies to fill out new legions, the Senate either decreases the property qualifications of potential soldiers, or ignores them entirely, and also sends out press gangs pulling old men out of their beds and dragging them into service, and intimidating young property owning teenage boys, the "men of the house" now that their fathers have been killed in action, into the legions.

Rome's solution to the problem is not one Russia can emulate, as terms of service have changed so drastically. Social upstart and brilliant general Gaius Marius begins to recruit his soldiers from the unpropertied, the homeless, and the unemployed of Rome, using the most powerful intangible asset there is: patriotism. While the snobbish Senators declare their outrage over an army of social nobodies, Gaius Marius welds his pauper soldiers into a first-class professional army, and together, they win battle after battle after battle for Rome, and change the legions from a part-time militia into a full-time professional force.

Friday Night Vodka Buzz. Ask me anything.

Had a couple of shots of vodka to get the party started.

Now I’m relaxing with a nice cold Godfather; bourbon and amaretto.

I love you all…

An extra special clink of the glass to In_The_Wind, our beloved Lounge friend who is loved more than she will ever know.

I called the after-hours service to see if I'm off call tonight, and I'M OFF CALL TONIGHT!

PARTY TONIGHT! WOO-HOO!





Just saw possibly the greatest drag-queen name in existence.

Clymydia Byrnes.

In-The-Wind Appreciation Thread.

Let's show our Lounge friend how much she means to all of us.







Does having a simple beer with lunch count as day-drinking?

Because I’m going to go with it.

Don’t worry. Got the day off. Not drinking on the job.

If Ukraine isn't doing this, they should start:

Airdrop leaflets over Russian positions, offering food, shelter, and good treatment to all Russians who surrender. It’s an age-old tactic, and a lot of Russians have already surrendered and received food, tea, and a phone call to their mothers.

Now that Putin is closing the borders to military-age men, Ukraine should step up their outreach efforts.

When the time comes, all of you planning on pissing on Trump's grave,

eat lots of asparagus before taking your turn…

The sun is over the yardarm. Enjoying a Between The Sheets.

Cognac, rum, Cointreau, lime juice, and simple syrup.



Almost as pleasant as the name would suggest.


Almost…

Friday Night Vodka Buzz. Ask me anything.

Facing out-patient call next week. My turn in the barrel.

I love you all…
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