Middle child, illegitimate child, kicked out of house child, high school dropout, United States Marine Corps, first born passed away, only daughter taken away, married, United States Postal Service, 8 hour, 9 hour, 10 hour days, overtime desire list, Operation Desert Storm, stroke, brain tumor, brain surgery, seizures, can't drink anymore, more overtime, 11 hour days, finds it hard to say no to anyone, reunited with daughter, adoptive father of grand niece, grandfather, a little more work, and then finally. Retired. 29 years.

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   Nobody's scrappier than my dad. Always proud, always worried. I guess I'm doing the best I can. I never know. Also, he did get his GED.