My Taste Test Failure

Sipping Poison Won't Make You Wise!

The wisest person isn't always the most experienced. I had to learn that the hard way.

I graduated from high school as an evangelical kid—innocent enough to feel at home in church, yet insecure enough in that innocence to feel I was missing out on something.

I wanted to add a layer of toughness to my skinny frame, thinking that would make me more interesting. So I joined the Marine Corps. There was a reserve unit just outside my hometown, a tank unit, so I could drive tanks on the weekends and be a college student during the week. I'd be a manly man who could strut and say things like, "Back when I was in the Corps. . . ."

I remember teargas training. As the room filled with teargas,...

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #54, Fall 2020 Copyright © 2021 Salvo |


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