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Dan who openly accepts his transGermaness yet has no desire to annex the 

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> On Jun 16, 2015, at 9:48 AM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes <> 
> wrote:
> I wanted to let you all be the first to know about my decision and 
> announcement.  I have been thinking long and hard about it, and had to screw 
> up my courage but with your help and consideration I decided it is finally 
> time to let the world know.
> I have become transGerman.
> Yes, this may surprise everyone, but it is something I have known since I was 
> a kid, even before I really knew what German was.  I guess my first 
> awakenings started when I watched WW2 movies on TV when I was young.  Then 
> Combat! came along in prime time, and my curiosity was aroused more by the 
> German soldiers, tanks, guns, half-tracks, and yes, old Mercedes staff cars 
> than by Sarge, Little John, etc.  The power and strength projected by that 
> machinery resonated with me deep in my soul.  I cringed when the pilots of 12 
> O'clock High bombed all that equipment but I could not let on. As time went 
> on I was always the German when we played war, and willingly allowed myself 
> to be shot and captured by my American friends. They all thought it was just 
> playing, but inside I knew I really was German and it was not acting for me.  
> Hogan's Heroes? Don't even get me started on that -- Colonel Klink showed me 
> that wearing a monocle was OK, even though I only did it in private.
> In high school, when I heard a classmate's father actually owned a 
> Mercedes-Benz car, you can't imagine the feelings that stirred in my heart.  
> I wanted to go touch it and feel it and run my hands over it but it was not 
> to be.  I still could not tell anyone for fear of the lingering stigma 
> associated with Germaness, but when another friend started taking German 
> language classes I started to feel like there was hope.  I was still afraid 
> to open up to anyone about my true self, so kept it repressed even to family 
> and friends.
> As I got older, and the opportunity arose to actually purchase a 
> Mercedes-Benz car of my own, I jumped on it!  The joy I felt was tempered by 
> the reality that actually coming out as transGerman would alienate friends 
> and neighbors and family, so I kept it quiet still (though I think many 
> suspected my true nature).  When I began spending hours talking about German 
> cars, researching the fascinating details of the different makes and models 
> and years and how to keep them running well, I knew it was only a matter of 
> time.
> I found this list and found a community of acceptance, which has meant so 
> much for me.
> When my son needed another car, my first thought was Mercedes!  I could live 
> vicariously even more through his experience, though I was not trying in any 
> way to recruit him to this lifestyle, though he did need to develop an 
> understanding of what it meant.  My daughter learned to drive a Mercedes but 
> she is clearly cisAmerican too.
> My near-redemption came when my wife indicated that she too wanted a 
> Mercedes-Benz automobile, a diesel even!  I knew then that acceptance of my 
> true Germaness was at hand!  I'm sure many of you have suspected this and I 
> thank you for your understanding and acceptance of my decision to make it 
> official!  What really made it right for now was driving the ML350 Bluetech 
> this weekend and just knowing it was sooooooo right!  All my fears and 
> apprehensions have evaporated, and I truly feel joy to announce officially 
> and with great pride my transGermaning.
> I know we can't all be physically together to celebrate this big event in my 
> life so I hope that you all can go start your cars today and think a bit 
> about what this means to me, and to work hard for full transGerman acceptance 
> in our society.
> Carry on!
> --R
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