Re: [MBZ] My announcement

2015-06-17 Thread archer75--- via Mercedes
We true German-Americans take note of your desire to become a citizen of the 
Fatherland. The next time Germany invades Russia, you will be given the 
opportunity to join the glorious Wehrmacht as a frontline fighting man. If you 
perform heroic deeds like true German soldiers; even when advancing to to the 
rear; you will be eligible for battlefield citizenship and a residency permit 
where you can drive real Mercedes instead of the lesser export models you now 
drive.
Gerry HUFMANN Archer  

Rich Thomas 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 transGermansnip

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[MBZ] My announcement

2015-06-16 Thread Rich Thomas via Mercedes
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 sooo 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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Re: [MBZ] My announcement

2015-06-16 Thread Curly McLain via Mercedes

Wow!


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 sooo 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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Re: [MBZ] My announcement

2015-06-16 Thread Rich Thomas via Mercedes
I shall be going to the local Pride Parade wearing Lederhosen and 
playing oompah music whilst driving in my Benz diesel.


Heil Benz!

--R



On 6/16/15 11:06 AM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

Group hug?

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

Sent from my iPad


On Jun 16, 2015, at 9:48 AM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes mercedes@okiebenz.com 
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 sooo 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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Re: [MBZ] My announcement

2015-06-16 Thread Dan Penoff via Mercedes
Group hug?

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

Sent from my iPad

 On Jun 16, 2015, at 9:48 AM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes mercedes@okiebenz.com 
 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 sooo 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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Re: [MBZ] My announcement

2015-06-16 Thread Rich Thomas via Mercedes

Thank you.

You can touch my monkey.

--Dieter (I forgot to mention this)

On 6/16/15 12:06 PM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes wrote:

I knew it all along but respected your privacy and desire to stay *in der
Klosett*.

On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 11:38 AM, Max Dillon via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:


This explains a lot!
--
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Charleston SC
'87 300TD
'95 E300
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Re: [MBZ] My announcement

2015-06-16 Thread Max Dillon via Mercedes
This explains a lot!
-- 
Max Dillon
Charleston SC
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'95 E300
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Re: [MBZ] My announcement

2015-06-16 Thread Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes
I knew it all along but respected your privacy and desire to stay *in der
Klosett*.

On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 11:38 AM, Max Dillon via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 This explains a lot!
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 Charleston SC
 '87 300TD
 '95 E300
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Re: [MBZ] My announcement

2015-06-16 Thread WILTON via Mercedes
Very well done.  Only thing missing is coupla ACHTUNGS!  


So, we'll be seeing you on cover of Der Spiegel in lederhosen?

Wilton

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From: Rich Thomas via Mercedes mercedes@okiebenz.com

To: Mercedes Discussion List mercedes@okiebenz.com
Cc: Rich Thomas richthomas79td...@constructivity.net
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 9:48 AM
Subject: [MBZ] My announcement


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 sooo 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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Re: [MBZ] My announcement

2015-06-16 Thread Dan Penoff via Mercedes
And now we shall dance!

Dan not touching any monkeys, thank you.

Sent from my iPad

 On Jun 16, 2015, at 12:18 PM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes 
 mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:
 
 Thank you.
 
 You can touch my monkey.
 
 --Dieter (I forgot to mention this)
 
 On 6/16/15 12:06 PM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes wrote:
 I knew it all along but respected your privacy and desire to stay *in der
 Klosett*.
 
 On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 11:38 AM, Max Dillon via Mercedes 
 mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:
 
 This explains a lot!
 --
 Max Dillon
 Charleston SC
 '87 300TD
 '95 E300
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