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Baa Baa Black Sheep Signed by Col Pappy Boyington WWII Squadron Pilot HB DJ
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WWII Ace Pilots Black Sheep Squadron Historic Photo Print
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BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP BOOK FLAT SIGNED BY GREG PAPPY BOYINGTON WWII ACE
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BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP BOOK FLAT SIGNED BY GREG PAPPY BOYINGTON WWII ACE
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WWll USMC 1945 1LT Case Black Sheep Squadron
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WWll 1943 Black Sheep Squadron ACE 1LT Bolt USMC
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WWII US Ace Pappy Boyington MOH of VMF 214 Black Sheep Squadron Press Photo
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BLACK SHEEP SQUADRON 214 signed JOHN BOLT Decorated pilot WWII KOREA 3 BW PIC
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WWll USMC 1945 Black Sheep Gregory Pappy Boyington
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WORLD WAR II paperback LOT of 8 Hoyt Forester Cortesti Baa Baa Black Sheep
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WWII USMC MARINE FIGHTING SQDN VMF 214 BLACK SHEEP FLIGHT JACKET PATCH
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b7174 USMC WW 2 VMF 214 Marine Fighter Squadron Black Sheep R7B
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8x10 Photo 1943 Colonel Gregory Boyingtons Black Sheep Squadron Group Photo
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USMC WW2 VMF 214 BLACKSHEEP VOUGHT F4U CORSAIR Boyington Squadron Jacket Patch
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BLACK SHEEP SWEEP by Troy White John Bolt USMC Ace
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VMF 214 BLACKSHEEP WW2 USMC MARINE F4U CORSAIR Pappy Boyington Squadron Patch
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vintage Black Sheep Corsair F4U Fighter Print Poster 20x16 Estate Listing NR
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WWII PHOTO USMC VMF 214 BLACK SHEEP SQUADRON MAJOR GREG BOYINGTON 1944 21028
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WWII USMC VMF 214 BLACK SHEEP FLIGHT JACKET PATCH
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Ed Harper DECEASED Black Sheep Squadron VMF 214 Signed 3x5 Label Card E15069
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Glenn Bowers DECEASED Black Sheep Squadron VMF 214 Signed 3x5 Label Card E15067
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Black Sheep WWII BILL HEIER signed USMC pilot 4x6 PHOTO
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Black Sheep WWII BILL HEIER signed USMC pilot 4x6 PHOTO
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Black Sheep WWII BRUCE MATHESON signed USMC pilot 4x6 PHOTO
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Black Sheep WWII COL ED HARPER signed USMC pilot 4x6 PHOTO
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Black Sheep WWII BRUCE MATHESON signed USMC pilot 4x6 PHOTO
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Black Sheep WWII HENRY BOURGEOIS signed USMC pilot 4x6 PHOTO
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Black Sheep WWII BRUCE MATHESON signed USMC pilot 4x6 PHOTO
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Black Sheep WWII BILL HEIER signed USMC pilot 4x6 PHOTO
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Black Sheep WWII Herb Holden signed WWII USMC PILOT 4x6 PHOTO
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Black Sheep WWII BILL HEIER signed USMC pilot signed CARD
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Black Sheep WWII GLENN BOWERS signed USMC pilot SIGNED 4x6 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED
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Black Sheep USAF 8th Fighter Squadron WWII Leather Patch for A 2 Jacket Repro
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WWll 1943 Black Sheep Squadron ACE 1LT Fisher USMC
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WWll 1943 Black Sheep USMC 1LT McClurg VMF 214
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USMC WW2 VMF 214 BLACKSHEEP Fighter Squadron Patch + PAPPY BOYINGTON Name Tag
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Blacksheep VMF 214 Corsair USMC Marines Launch WW2 8X10 PHOTO
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1943 MR Espiritu Santo VMF 214 Colonel Boyingtons Black Sheep Squadron Photo
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Bruce Matheson Deceased Black Sheep Squadron VMF 214 Signed FDC Cover E10190
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Glenn Bowers Deceased Black Sheep Squadron VMF 214 Signed FDC Cover E10189
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Henry Bourgeois DECEASED Black Sheep Squadron VMF 214 Signed Label Card E14136
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WW2 VMF 214 BLACKSHEEP F4U CORSAIR USMC Squadron Patch PAPPY BOYINGTON Name Tag
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PAPPY BOYINGTON VMF 214 BLACKSHEEP WW2 USMC F4U CORSAIR Squadron Name Tag Patch
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Black Sheep

Everybody's Got One (a Black Sheep in the Family)

In talking to my network of friends and business associates, I've discovered that everybody seems to have a family skeleton in their closet, a "Black Sheep," meaning there is some relative who you can count on to disrupt the harmony of the family. This could be a nutty aunt or uncle, a brother or sister, son or daughter, you get the idea. Time and again they seem to go out of their way to embarrass the family. Consequently, we like to keep them locked up at major family functions such as at weddings or get-togethers. We keep them at arm's length as we do not want their screwy life to disrupt our own and pray they do not drain the family emotionally or financially.

I always found it interesting that American presidents have had to keep a lid on certain relatives. For example, Jimmy Carter was always worried about the antics of his brother Billy who was best known for his beer and registering as a foreign agent on behalf of the Libyan Government. Ronald Reagan worried about what his offspring might say in public. I think Patti's pictorial in Playboy probably pushed him over the edge.

But the presidents are not alone in this regard. I think everyone has some relative, either distant or close, that has caused heartbreak for the family either because of money, substance abuse, something said out of turn, committing a crime, or just their whacky personality. I remember my father-in-law had an estranged brother living in Florida whom he hadn't spoken to in years over a fallout they had regarding the care of their elderly parents. Once a year though he would call his brother on the phone; if the brother answered, my father-in-law would promptly hang up on him before saying a word. He just wanted to know "If that bastard was still alive."

It seems strange we all have some dysfunctional person in the family we have to deal with. It is very awkward for all involved and is something we don't like to openly discuss with others but I think it's a fact of life. I think the old adage sums it up nicely, "You can pick your friends, but you cannot pick your family."

Maybe this is why we liked such shows in the 1950's like "Leave it to Beaver," "Father knows Best," or "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" ("Adventures"?) Critics claimed their squeaky clean personas were unrealistic but it was a lifestyle we all yearned for. Today, shows like "The Simpsons" and "Married with Children" reflect life as we know it, complete with embarrassing relatives and situations which many claim are more realistic.

Frankly, I think if we honestly had a choice, we would rather live more like Ozzie and Harriet than Homer and Marge Simpson. But such is not to be.

About the Author

Tim Bryce is a writer and management consultant located in Palm Harbor, Florida.
You can find his work on the Internet at:
http://www.phmainstreet.com/timbryce.htm

He can be contacted at: timb001@phmainstreet.com

Copyright © 2007 Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

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