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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:26 PM
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Stories from the Road- The Prostitutes
For the record I have never hired a prostitute. There was a time in my life when I would have if the circumstances were right, but Im a kinder, gentler Tobin these days and now I couldnt do it. This post is rated R for adult content. I know we have some younger people out there who might happen upon this so if your folks wont let you view R rated movies yet then check out another thread.

I have been approached by prostitutes three times in my 9 year career as a trucker. Ill include all three stories here. If you are one of those folks who thinks that the trucking industry is rife with prostitution and drugs that might surprise you. There isnt a whole lot of that activity going on out there. It does happen, though, and I will try to relate those instances to you here in a way that I hope is thought provoking.

The fist prostitute that I met was in Memphis, Tennessee only a month after I began my driving career. I was driving team at the time and my co-driver and I had just settled in for the night at a small truck stop just south of Memphis. We would not be dispatched until the morning.

I was stretched out in the bottom bunk reading a book and my co-driver was already asleep when I heard someone knocking on the drivers side door. I went into the cab and saw a slightly built black woman standing by the door. She was wearing black shoes, black jeans, and a black leather jacket. She looked to be about 50. I rolled down the window and she asked me if I wanted a bj. I was kind of taken aback. I was 24 at the time and had never had a woman ask me a question like that. I told her no. Then she hopped up on the running board and started with her sales pitch. I kept telling her no then she reached inside the window for the door latch and opened the door. I reached out and slammed the door with her still hanging on it.

I thought you were going to let me inside! she said.

No, Im not interested, I said.

Okay, baby, let me have a cigarette.

I gave her a cigarette and she went on to the next truck.

The next one almost got me. It was just after dark and I rolled into a rest area east of Dallas, Texas. I had just taken my second job as a trucker. I was driving solo then and I had been driving for about 6 months. All the truck parking was taken up in the rest area so I parked the truck on the shoulder of the on ramp from the rest area. I was just going to catch up on my log book and then continue on my way. Somebody came up on the truck while I was immersed in the 10 hour rule and flashed a flashlight at me through the drivers side window. I rolled down the window to see a black woman standing beside my truck. She looked to be in her 30s and was dressed in a tight, white t-shirt, shorts, and gym shoes. At first I thought that she might be a stranded motorist, but then she asked me if Id like some company. I was pretty crazy and horny at the time so I thought about it for a second. She was kind of a big woman and I have a fetish for busty, full figured women. I couldnt help but glance at that tight t-shirt. Then I took a closer look. That flashlight was one of those long handled jobs like security guards often have. It could easily have been used as a weapon. Then I noticed how clean and healthy appearing she was. One word popped into my mind: COP!

I told her that I wasnt interested and she hopped up on the running board and asked me, Whats the matter? Dont you like black women?

Thats not it, I said.

Much like the other prostitute she would not take no for an answer. Finally, after saying no about five times and her still hanging on my door, I said slowly in my most intimidating voice, Getthe fuckoffmy truck.

She looked away and smiled. Apparently I wasnt too intimidating, but she did move on. I could have sworn that I saw a wire running under the back of her shirt as she was walking away, but that may have been my imagination.

I dont know if youll believe this next one or not, but it really did happen. I was in West Memphis, Arkansas one time shortly after I had gone into business for myself and had bought a truck. There is sort of a conglomeration of places to park a truck in West Memphis consisting of a couple of truck stops and a few restaurants. I was parked behind one of the restaurants in a truck lot that had a U-shaped parking pattern. It was in the middle of the day, but their lot was almost completely filled up. I went in to get a bite to eat and when I got back out to my truck I noticed there was a young, white, bearded man and two young women, one white and one black, standing in the middle of the U-shaped pattern. The women looked to be about 20 and were dressed in shorts and t-shirts. The man looked to be a little older and was wearing jeans, a nice shirt, and a trench coat. He also had a cigar box with him.

I sat there in the truck for a minute watching them and then the young women started going around to trucks and knocking on the doors. I saw one guy who appeared to be in his 60s let the white girl up in his truck. They disappeared behind the sleeper curtain. I found myself hoping that I could still perform when I got to be that age.

Then the black girl walked over to my truck and looked up at me. I just shook my head no and she went over to the pimp and said a few words while hooking her thumb back in my direction. The pimp walked over to me and opened the cigar box. Dope. I just shook my head no again. I left thinking that the cops were probably going to be there in no time and I didnt want to get caught up in that.

I might sound like a libertarian, but I think we need to have safe places where those women can legally work at their trade. It probably takes desperation for a woman to sell her body and its probably a punishing lifestyle. I dont think they need to be punished any further.

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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:36 PM
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1. Interesting stories, man
I agree with you that we should reform the idea of prostitution being illegal. It just makes things worse.
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:40 PM
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2. Thank you
Prostitution is legal in Nevada. Every once in a while when I was in that state I would hear them advertising on the CB. That seems like a better approach.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 06:13 PM
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20. Prostitution is legal only in some counties in NV
Lived in NV for 20 years (No, NOT as a prostitute... :rfol :)

That's why people have to drive up US 95 to get to the bunny ranches outside the Clark County line. And same is true where I used to live in Carson and Washoe counties.

Here's the Wikipedia on this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_Nevada
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 06:28 PM
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21. Thanks for the clarification
I guess that's why I heard it on the CB only a few times. If the whole state was legal I probably would have been bombarded with CB advertisements.
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:40 PM
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3. As a woman, I can only say...
thank you for saying, "I think we need to have safe places where those women can legally work at their trade."

Seriously, I thank you.
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:42 PM
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4. You're welcome
I didn't know if you all would agree with me on that one or not.
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:47 PM
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5. Another great read
I agree with you Droopy. Thanks for posting once again.
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:49 PM
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6. Thanks
It makes me happy when people dig my stuff.
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progmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 03:52 PM
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7. you should start a journal - this would make an excellent entry
and I TOTALLY agree with this: "I think we need to have safe places where those women can legally work at their trade. It probably takes desperation for a woman to sell her body and its probably a punishing lifestyle. I dont think they need to be punished any further."

You've got a big heart, Droopy. :hug:
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 04:01 PM
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8. Thank you. I haven't checked out the journal feature yet
But I am hoping that I will some day have enough of these little stories to put a book together. I'll check into the journal feature. Oh, I also have submitted one of my stories to the necessary language, DU's literary magazine. I think they are going to publish it.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 09:29 AM
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29. you write well
I think it would make a great journal entry.
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 04:10 PM
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9. I was once mistaken for a prostitute in a truck stop
I was hitchhiking around the country back in '79 and I'd gotten a ride with a trucker. Well, after that, all my rides were with truckers because all these guys would radio ahead and try to find me a decent ride - they were like a bunch of mother hens for the most part. I was 17 years old and alone and every single one of these guys told me to go home. They also fed me, let me sleep in their sleepers, bought me showers and watched out for me. Not one of them made a move on me (except for one dirty old man, but that's another story).

Anyway, this one night, I climbed out of the truck and headed for the truck stop to use the bathroom. A car full of young guys - probably from the nearby town - were cruising through and obviously thought I was someone I wasn't.

"How much?" the driver asked me. "Sorry," I told him, "You've got the wrong girl."

They were polite about it, apologized, drove on. I thought it was funny and was still chuckling about it when I got back in the truck. The driver turned three shades of purple when I told him and he jumped out of the cab with a tire iron and went looking for them. Luckily, he didn't find them.

I love truckers.
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 04:17 PM
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10. lol!
Those boys probably had the idea that there were a lot of hookers at truck stops. People make all kinds of assumptions like that without even have talked to a trucker.

I had a poetry instructor ask me about drugs and trucking after he found out I was a trucker. He was surprised to learn that it is not prevalent in the industry and he's an educated man.
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 09:31 AM
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30. LOL!!
you little hottie, you!

:hug:
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 04:24 PM
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11. That was a great piece, Droopy
I fully agree with you. A safe place for them to work, and/or get off the streets, if that's what they want.

Prostitutes are too easily victimized, and unfortunately, society doesn't care about them. In my neck of the woods, we have a serial killer preying on them...then there's the Pickton case http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/predators/ro... ...and these are just the high profile ones. So many horror stories go unnoticed.

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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 04:45 PM
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12. Thank you
Yes, it appears to me that a lot of creeps may be drawn to prostitutes and I don't think that many of the women who work the streets carry much in the way of self defense. Easy victims. I will check out your link.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 05:02 PM
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13. My dear Droopy!
You always have these great stories, and you tell them so damn well....

This bunch is terrific! And how I agree with you about providing a safe place for these women to ply their trade....

I agree too that the way Nevada does it is much better than the rest of the country.

Keep 'em coming! The stories, I mean!

I look forward to seeing your story in the next online journal. I'm not sure if you can still see it, but I had a poem in the first one. Let me know if you can't find that first issue, and I'll PM the poem to you.
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 05:10 PM
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14. Thank you, Peggy
I did see your poem in the necessary language and it was quite steamy. I'll make a deal with you. As long as you'll keep writing I'll keep writing. What do you say?
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 05:35 PM
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15. OH god, my dear Droopy!
This is so totally unfair! These days, I seem to be taking more pictures than writing.....

You make me smile....I am flattered! I'm glad you liked my poem.....

We'll see.....I'm going to run a pic thread a little later. Come and comment, will you?

Thanks!
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 05:44 PM
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16. I'll be there
If I'm still awake. I have to get up at 4 AM to go to work. If I don't post in your pic thread I hope you'll understand.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 06:08 PM
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19. No worries, my dear Droopy.....I will understand! N/T
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DrDebug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 05:49 PM
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17. I have had a more persistent one once
It was 3 o' clock at night and I left a sleazy bar and was quite drunk already. I don't know exactly how she did it, but suddenly there was a small black woman who had the same height and width and she had put her hands around my waist looked up at me and said: "For fifty you may lick me all over" and then squeezed me real tight. I don't know exactly what I told her as a no answer, but I still remember that line LOL
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 05:53 PM
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18. LOL!
That's a great line! :)
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 07:21 PM
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22. Dude, you ARE gonna write a book, right?
You must have a million stories in you.
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 03:59 PM
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31. I plan on it some day
I have a total of 15 non-fiction trucking stories; three 5000 word, give or take, short stories that are works of fiction; and 15 poems together.

I think my poetry sucks but I might have a different view later in life so I'm going to save my poems. I've posted all of the trucking stories here in the lounge (I think) over the past year. They are coming faster and faster. When I posted my first story it was a couple of months before I posted another one. Now I've written two in the last week.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 02:41 AM
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23. I have seen two without ever being on the road
Although the first was a guy and I am not sure if there was gonna be any money involved.
Second, as to the desperation and danger, the second one was looking for drug money, a mere $10 to party with her. She was kinda persistent too, although I had told her honestly, that I did not have $10. I biked away when she started trying to talk to her drug dealer.
Less than six months later she was murdered by one of her customers who promptly went to the police station and confessed.
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 04:01 PM
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32. Yes, desperation
She probably got into drugs because she felt like shit when she was sober and then things snowballed from there. We need to protect these women.
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CanuckAmok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 02:52 AM
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24. I tell them I'm a Scientologist, Mormon, or Jehovah's Witness.
When they say "can I come in", or whatever, say "I'm a ____ and my faith doesn't allow it, but I think a higher power brought you here tonight. Have you ever considerd what God's plan is for you?"

I guarantee they'll be gone by "...my faith doesn't allow it..."
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 04:02 PM
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33. lol!
I can never think of stuff like that at the appropriate time, but I will try to remember what you've said in preparation for the next encounter.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 02:57 AM
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25. Very interesting tales
And I agree that women who choose this trade need safe venues (those who want to get out should be afforded safe ways out and assistance finding other means of support).

I recall seeing prostitutes on the streets of Las Vegas when I visited there years ago, and wondering what sort of life they led. They were not on "The Strip", but in one of the far less glamorous areas of town. It sure wasn't like Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman".
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 04:05 PM
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34. I saw a documentary
Edited on Thu Apr-06-06 04:05 PM by Droopy
about prostitution on HBO one time. They basically followed around and gave money to a guy who was just released from prison and was goiong on a sex binge. I can't remember the name of the show now, but it showed things the way they were, not sugar counted like "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 03:02 AM
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26. Thank you, Droopy.
And I totally agree with you about prostutition.
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 04:06 PM
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35. Holy shit! We're in trouble now!
Heidi's a mod!
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 10:06 PM
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41. Heh.
I'm not a Lounge mod. I leave you in the capable hands of Call Me Wesley, BigMcLargeHuge, and their samurai swords. ;)
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 08:50 AM
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27. My ex-husband was a trucker and told me stories like yours. n/t
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 04:07 PM
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36. The trucking profession
lends itself quite well to story tellers. You see it all out there on the road.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 09:27 AM
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28. that was very illuminating
glad you were smart, and glad that you hope that these folks will be safe.

As for me, I wish we had a system more like in Holland, where women run their own show, have health care, etc. and aren't at the mercy of male or female pimps.
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 04:09 PM
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37. Thank you
And thanks for the compliment above about my writing.

I agree with your thoughts about how we should handle prostitution. It's clear that there are better ways of dealing with it than our current system here in the states.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 04:18 PM
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38. I was crossing the street in Saigon
Gal drives up on her motorbike, grabs me by the arm and says: "We make love, yes?"
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 04:20 PM
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39. lol!
You will have to tell us stories about Asia. Were you stationed there in the military?
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 04:24 PM
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40. Naw, vacationing last Christmas
There are lots of massage parlors catering to tourists. You see a lot of older western men with young, young boys and girls. It made me sick but I don't think there was much I could do.

My friends that were there during the war can tell some stories but I am too young.
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