000a “About: Nothing”

I am a Fool, and Idiot, a Loser, a Misfit Plebeian.
I still choose to exercise my free-speech my rights. Taking hits from that by some, as I am considered too stupid, shouldn’t really be opening my mouth. But, will continue to do so. Only thing I’ve got.

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This particular blog is my original WordPress one, and has been “torn down and rebuilt” several times. I have two other WordPress blogs going, in an attempt to partition off (“compartmentalize”) “hobby stuff” from “personal stuff” and “more serious stuff”. All about the Stuff here.

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About the “handle” of grey_zealot:

Came up with it in 2000, back when I hung out at what was warcraftiii.net. Loved the computer game StarCraft, loved the Protoss faction, which was a conceptual mish-mash of the typical “gray alien” and the aliens from the sci-fi/action movie “Predator”. The base infantry unit was the “Zealot”. Liked the play on words, since gray or grey can mean “undetermined” or “undefined” or “having a neutral hue”, and “zealot” meant “one who is fanatically devoted to a cause”. I’m kinda “devoted to maintaining balance, a middle ground”. Politically moderate. “Zen Virtue”, maybe? And a “Deist”, love of God & Reason. Anyway, when I created the name on warcraftiii.net, I’d misspelled it, swapping around the “a” and the “e”. Took a week or so of requests to get it changed. That old site, last time I checked, turned into war3.com. Not even sure if it’s still around anymore.

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Military Service: I was in the U.S.Army from JUL 1992 thru JUL 1998. Topped-out at the rank of E-5/SGT. Job (MOS): Designation at the time was 68X:”Armament & Electrical Systems Repairer, AH-64 Apache”. (The MOS code has changed since then; I think MOS 68X is used for some sort of medical job now?) Proud to have served, but I served during peace time, and was not called back after the terrorist attacks on 11 SEP 2001. I was okay as a soldier, competent as a technician, but was not a good sergeant. In the army, if you can’t work your way up the ranks, you get out. I guess that’s why I was never called back. Not a Leader. My mom thinks I “hide” my military service. I don’t hide it, I just don’t think I’ve earned any right to “flaunt” my status as a Veteran, mostly because I only served one 6-year enlistment, and never saw combat.

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Current stretch of civilian employment: 2001-10-15 to present. AgriNomix, LLC of Oberlin, Ohio.

Previous stretch of employment: 1998-08-17 to 2001-10-12. Nordson Corporation (Advanced Gasketing Lab/Product Assembly North).

Prior to that, various high school and college ‘joe jobs’.

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