Life
My Family

Part 2: 'Take Care of Him'

18 months after Luca, Marco and Antonio stole their first tool and sold it to the grocer, they were no longer just workers. Now, they strolled the streets alongside a man that was well-known in the neighborhood simply as Mr. R. Red-cheeked with a large, soft face, he would not allow anyone to speak his name. His cutthroat tactics as a property owner belied his jolly appearance.

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My Family

Part 3: 'Real Estate, baby'

Marco, Luca and Antonio sat up all night in the living room drinking coffee and smoking hand-rolled cigarettes. Every few hours one of the brothers would become angry, violently so, and wake Adriana, who was carrying Luca's child. They would return to quietly plotting their revenge before tempers would flare and they would rouse her from bed again.

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Keeping Cool After Kids

The Tattoo Trick

Tattoos are a great way to show off how hard you are, because they hurt a lot. However, they can also show that you are a big softie, especially if they are dedicated to your kids. 

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Portrait tattoos can be difficult to perfect, so you may find yourself better served by considering a name tattoo. 

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On or Off Base Living?

Going Overseas?

I have many #friends who are #overseas and most LOVE their #living arrangements; whether it’s on base #housing or not. 

If you want to live among the locals and be a real life “When In Rome…” advocate, then living off base is ideal (if it’s an option). 

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On or Off Base Living?

On base is for you

All in all, when talking to several of my #milspo friends, it seems that on base #housing is ideal for:

#Couples with no #children, or small children who don’t have an issue with a smaller #home (less to clean!)

#Families with 1 small pet

Overseas assignments where a built in community is desirable

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On or Off Base Living?

Off base is for you

If these things are important to you, then off base #housing is the way to go:

Lots of space and #privacy! Bigger home, bigger yard, bigger #family and a few #pets

Having a wide variety of #friends that include civilians

Living among the locals and experiencing every part of the #culture of an #overseas assignment

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