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keninva

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I ran across this as I was cleaning up some stuff from my move. It's a picture of me back in 1969 and I was 18 in Vietnam. If memory serves this was taken at fire base Lima. I have to laugh because my hair was actually blond, I mean seriously blond and I was way over due for a haircut. So we use to take Vitalis and shoe polish and mix them up and make a hair dye and then comb it threw real well so Charlie couldn't see the pretty blond white boy trying to sneak up on him. Yeah, I'm an old fart now, but back then I was awesome.

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Niiice!
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Very cool!!
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Utilities in those days too, huh.
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Yep, soaked as usual, two seasons, wet and dry. When it rained, it rained like we needed to build arcs, I once saw it rain solid for three days and night without a let up. Just continuous rain. Then I saw it go three solid months without a single drop of water, got so dry that there wasn't any dew in the mornings.
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"It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments." then Senator Obama, "Meet The Press" - Sunday, 07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST
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That photo is a little dark, so I lightened it up a bit to better show the details and your young features.  [wink]

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It's funny, with me in dark hair I never realized how much I look like one of my uncles. He was in the Corps as well.
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If I didn't know better, I'd think you were Italian.
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Yeah, I guess I do look that way.

In my family there's this demarcation line, half the family looks all tall, blond, fair complected and very Aryan, the other half of the family is all black haired, short, stocky and olive complected. This is due to some of the original family members marrying Indian (Native American) women after they arrived in the late sixteen hundreds, apparently that was a thing with us for a couple generation. Now the family reunions look like two different family had a scheduling conflict at the rental building.

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You certainly don't look short and stocky.  Half of my family is Italian and the other half German.  Everyone knows what Germans tend to look like, but the Italians in my family are all tall and of average build.  My dad was 6'0" and I'm 6' 3". 

My son got the Italian gene, too - wavy hair, deep-set dark eyes, olive complexion -  and he's 5'11.  What's funny is most people who guess his ethnicity say Jewish or Middle Eastern.  He likes it....he can pass for a Jew, an Arab, a Turk or a Greek.  Oh, yeah, and an Italian.  LOL
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I'm 6'-4" well, I was back in the day. I've actually shrunk an inch over the years. A doctor friend of mine told me loosing height up to about an inch and a half over the course of your life wasn't unusual. My girl friend and I are going to get our DNA tested by Ancestry.com and see where we fit in genetically speaking.
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Well, got my genetic background check done by Ancestry.com and here's the result:

Ireland 42%
Europe West 23%
Scandinavia 23%
Great Britain 7%

Trace Regions 5%
Iberian Peninsula 2%
Europe East < 1%
European Jewish < 1%
Finland/Northwest Russia < 1%

There are a couple things I found interesting, no Native American, not even a smidge and Jewish ancestry, albeit a token amount, it's still there.


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So, you're a potato-quaffing, whiskey-guzzling MICK and a plundering, raping VIKING. And just enough JEW to make you a cheapskate.

They seem to have missed the sub-Saharan African.  [biggrin]

Getting the results of those DNA tests is fun. Filling the test tube with spit, not so much.
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Uh-hum! Please note the trace area, Iberian Peninsula. Moors from Northern Africa.

 

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Moors from Northern Africa.


All right, now you've completely lost me.  Are you suggesting that means you are 2% black?

Historically, the occupants of Northern Africa, such as the Egyptians, were Caucasian.  The blacks were in sub-Saharan Africa. I know that there were some blacks in Northern Africa, but initially they were the slaves of the Egyptians.

The Iberian Peninsula is Spain and Portugal which would lead me to believe you are a small portion of Hispanic.

Everyone here knows I loathe Wikipedia...but sometimes it can provide a quick and easy, albeit simplistic, source of information on a subject a person (like me) knows nothing about.
So I looked up "Iberian Peninsula" on Wiki, and here's what I found:

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DNA analysis shows that Spanish and Portuguese populations are most closely related to other populations of western Europe.

According to Dupanloup et al. (2004) the main components in the European genomes appear to derive from ancestors whose features were similar to those of modern Basques (Paleolithic) and Near Easterners (Neolithic), with average values greater than 35% for both these parental populations, regardless of whether or not molecular information is taken into account.

The lowest degree of both Basque and Near Eastern admixture is found in Finland, whereas the highest values are, respectively, 70% ("Basque") in Spain and roughly 60% ("Near Eastern") in the Balkans.[7]



I had also always assumed that Moors were black Africans.   But my sole source of that was Shakespeare's play, Othello.  I'm aware that today's racist blacks make that claim so they can try to take credit for the achievements of the Nothern Africans. So, I also looked up "Moors" and was surpised to find this on the National Geographic website:

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Moor.
In English usage, a Moroccan or, formerly, a member of the Muslim population of what is now Spain and Portugal. Of mixed Arab, Spanish, and Amazigh (Berber) origins, the Moors created the Arab Andalusian civilization and subsequently settled as refugees in North Africa between the 11th and 17th centuries


So, according to the National Geographic, the Moors were Caucasian and did not come from Northern Africa, but settled there between 1000 and 1600.

Something that I "knew" shattered.  Thank you for causing me to learn things that I didn't know.
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