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I was born in 1041. You'd have thought I'd have gotten my weight handled since then, but, hey. (I'm only seventy or eighty pounds overweight, nothing too spectacularly out of place, just… obese.)
I'm very happily in the seventh year of my 17th marriage.
Thanks to compound interest and some lucky investments, MC Holdings has about $612 million in assets. (I haven't been terribly aggressive about the wealth-building thing, my brother tells me it could have been 612 billion if I'd gotten my head out of my ass more consistently.)
Funny thing about physical condition, I was in pretty damn good shape during the Crusades. (I don't recall off the top of my head which specific set of crusades, I have it noted down somewhere, I know there was more than one, yadda yadda.) as a rather irate Semite, I recall one vivid day, decapitating a half-dozen knights with, essentially, a large wooden plank. (I was motivated, having just witnessed said knights attacking my second wife.)
Lessee… some carpentry, a teeny bit of soldiering, trading, a couple centuries on the “Silk Road,” some blacksmithing, about two or three decades in prison, tutoring over-privileged children of the obscenely wealthy in myriad languages and other subjects for a couple generations at a time, five years in a monastery learning kung fu or something like it, more Silk Road, some high seas sailing, et cetera, et cetera. Some of it is just not that exciting, not to tell anyhow.
In about fifty years or so, I'm thinking of taking over Madagascar, maybe.
(asking an Eternal born in a dairy farming community during late prehistory)
Did you hang out with the Janisaries around 14th-15th century or so ? I remember a guy who was really into cheese. Those were tough but entertaining times, much more entertaining in retrospect.
I gave Benedict Arnold what would nowadays be called a “wedgie”. (smirk)
Modelcitizen: I'd have to kind of clear my mind and focus before even contemplating the attempt of something like that. And I'd have to consider um a half year or so of exercise regimen to get into anything resembling “fighting condition”. I do have five Uzis concealed under my car's trunk “floor” but that's only for extreme emergencies.
Bosch: We could start with a survival hike. After the first few hundred miles, you won't have to worry about being overweight or about getting winded. How about The Kimberley in western Australia? I think a thousand-mile course could be marked out without the ephemerals getting too suspicious.
Modelcitizen: Lemme get some solar-powered chargers for my iPhone* and other assorted electronic toys. I'm sure the hike would be fun, but I like to bring my Anti-Boredom Arsenal. Would this be a group thing, circle of judges consisting of whoever isn't fighting at that moment ? A fight to the death would be stupid. And, I really don't feel like risking being crippled for a week or two… I am a lazy immortal. Say, this would take some time! if my wife approves of me taking several months off, all right. Otherwise, presuming my wife lives to say um 2095 or so, that's probably the best time to schedule that. We could start with a survival hike. After the first few hundred miles, you won't have to worry about being overweight or about getting winded. How about Kimberley in western Australia ? I think a thousand-mile course could be marked out without the ephemerals getting too suspicious.
Under the guise of going out for a shopping errand, I met with a team I'd assembled clandestinely over the last couple months. A couple ex-special forces, a couple reknowned professional killers, an ex-cop or two… I gave them twenty million dollars, several sets of passports, access to a private jet, and a promise of $65 million for the head of Osama Bin Laden.
I have my hobbies.
Any bets on if they pull it off ?
I'd enjoy joining them, arguably, but, I've got stuff to do, my day-job is still fun (high school teacher), and my wife likes having me around. Life is good.
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