Uhhh, this time? Yeah.
You see, I spent pretty much every summer of my life from infancy to about sixteen at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. The other night I had the TV on with the sound off and Camp LeJeune's iconic entry gate sign flashed up on the screen. Immediately struck (that sign is part of my life), I read the scroll:
Did you work or live at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps. base between 1953 and 1987?
Ahh, yes. Yes I did. Why do you ask, TV?
So, did my family ever get sick? Well, there's an extensive list of illnesses, cancers, and so on that people who lived there are reporting. Maladies of pretty much all the human body systems: cardiac, reproductive, neurological...
My parents are both 86. My siblings are all still alive. But my father has both a pace-maker and a shunt in his head and my mother had a miscarriage in the late 60's. My older brother had developmental problems as a child. So far I've been healthy; but I'm still relatively young. Who knows what I might develop. Or one of my siblings. We're all close in age (Irish Catholic, natch). So it's more shit to worry about. Out of all the dozens (make that hundreds) of military bases in the United States, Camp LeJeune would be the one, right? And one of the most troubling questions that arises is: why weren't we informed? 1987 is a long time ago now. You think the Marine Corps. or The Navy or the United States Government might've let us know that we were exposed to this shit. You know, a little heads up to be on the lookout for, oh, I don't know...tumors and stuff. Maybe those chemicals made me gay. Hey, now there's a lawsuit! What a headline!
DRY CLEANING TURNS MALE CHILD HOMOSEXUAL!
No, the thing at Camp LeJeune that more than likely made me gay, was all the HOT young Marines parading around in bathing suits:
No one in my family was ever a huge water drinker. But remember back in the day when you'd get a big glass of water, automatically, at a restaurant? And you'd sip at it because it was there? And we didn't do the Kool-Aid thing much either, which would've required base water. No, as kids we sucked down soda like there was no tomorrow. Coca-Cola, Seven-Up, Pepsi, Sprite, Orange Crush, Fanta...and in the South...tons of Dr. Pepper.
Could Dr. Pepper have spared me and my family?
I'm just gonna take this sign as a sign Universe and say a little prayer at 10, 2 and 4!
We were in the water every day. Perhaps the curative powers of ocean water helped us. Were we under the benevolent aegis of Poseidon? The magical protection of the Nereids--who could control the waters?
So, one of the co-hosts of the infomercial about Camp LeJeune was a woman who I've seen on a lot of these lawsuit informercial things. Her name is Wendy Walsh. I find her incredibly genuine and well spoken. Like, if I were to go to court, I'd want her to be my lawyer. However, she isn't a lawyer, she's a doctor. She was sexually harassed by Bill O'Reilly, allegedly. I believe her.
Anyways, here she is in the Johnson and Johnson baby powder lawsuit clip:
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