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Strange Americans, Part 2

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Today is a special day! The birth date of a very strange American, my Uncle Dean. He is the oldest brother on my mom's side and a unique character. If you ever meet him, you will remember it for a lifetime. He's been a roofer his entire life, climbing on top of houses in boiling heat or freezing cold. Mixing and smelling hard chemicals. A hard laborer with an immense amount of knowledge packed in his brain. This knowledge hasn't been knocked out, despite several falls from high altitudes, broken ribs and even legs in the course of his roofing work.

What's so unique about him? First, he's an American "picker." This is a term for people who travel all over the States, and even the world, searching for unique items to collect. His house is like a living museum, storing one of a kind artifacts intertwined with useless junk. He has huge piles of Playboy magazines from every decade, a lot of Civil War memorabilia, old political posters and buttons, stamps/coins, vintage electronics and toys. The list goes on and on. One day I'll take a visit to his home and photograph some of his "picked" items for the blog. At any family gathering, he's the life of the party. Here, a photo from our Christmas gathering where we had an ugly sweater contest. Notice the bizarre costume? The Nixon button? Yes, this is crazy Uncle Dean! :)

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Second, he's an avid reader and military veteran. He was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam war and can spend hours telling you stories about prostitutes he slept with and troops he met along the way. He will say the strangest things, engage in random conversation topics and basically make you scratch your head at times. Is he really from this planet? This is a burning family question.

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Do you have such a crazy relative in your family? Someone who always makes life interesting? Please share.

Later in the week, my first post from the Eastern Euro journey!

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yellowcup_me
Oct. 14th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
Very interesting story! Your dad is an extraordinary man :)
peacetraveler22
Oct. 14th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
It is not my dad, but rather my mom's brother. However, my dad is in one of the photos. The gray-haired man with the glasses. :) There are many unusual people in my family, but Uncle Dean is the best! Thanks for reading.
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fesma94
Oct. 14th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
Well come back!) Very interesting !!! ) Thanks!! Your Uncle is very cool!!!
peacetraveler22
Oct. 14th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you, feels strange to be back in America.
inamora
Oct. 14th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
He's funny and cute )))))
How old is he?
peacetraveler22
Oct. 14th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
He has a great personality! Smart, funny, but he's 68! This is not too old? :) He looks like a homeless person sometimes, but earns a nice income. Maybe he can be your American "sugar daddy." Do you know this term? I will gladly welcome you into my family! :))
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amandakysses
Oct. 14th, 2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
Gosh I love your parents so much! Give them big hugs from me. (I love you too)
peacetraveler22
Oct. 14th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
You've met Uncle Dean, or no?
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general_denikin
Oct. 14th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'd love to talk with this guy. About opportunities to pick up the prostitutes in Europe and something else.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 14th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
The opportunity to pick up prostitutes is everywhere, no matter the nation. :) In some countries, you just have to search harder to find them. On our Eastern Euro journey, no effort was involved. In many of the countries, they were standing right on the side of the highway. Easy access! And probably also very cheap. :))
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todash_tahken
Oct. 14th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
interesting person :-)

greetings from Poland
peacetraveler22
Oct. 14th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
Poland! Beautiful country. I liked it a lot.
real_marsel
Oct. 14th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
I love american culture, american tradition, and I do not think americans're crazy.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 14th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Some Americans are crazy! My family has a lot of traditions, especially around the holidays. I'll be sure to write about them this year. Russian culture - I can't say I love it, but it's certainly interesting in some respects.
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vitsky
Oct. 15th, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
You have a very interesting family. :)
peacetraveler22
Oct. 15th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
They are lovely people! I spend almost all of my free time on weekends with them. :)
andrey_kaminsky
Oct. 15th, 2013 09:56 am (UTC)
Этого добра у нас валом
My grandfather was a very interesting person. When the war began, he was 11 years old. He had to quit school and start working on a tractor on the farm. At the same time, he began to smoke and foul language. He remained illiterate for the rest of his life. During the war, food was not enough often, and he learned how to shoot crows by a bow, no worse than any Indian.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 15th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Этого добра у нас валом
Are you joking or serious? If the latter, then I think it's a very difficult life being illiterate. Shooting crows? In the U.S., we shoot and eat everything. Birds, squirrels, bears, deer, bison....
rider3099
Oct. 18th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
Your uncle has definitely charismatic personality! :)
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