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wdm1219inpenna

Posted:
11/19/2019 11:03:55 PM

How did they keep sane?

So often MASH discussed how some people went mental case due to the war, or might have already been mental. From Frank Burns' breakdown after Margarets's marriage, to General Steele being nuts to Steven Newsom cracking up. Hawk kept sane by his sarcasm and joking, Trap seemed to do so by his womanizing, Henry by drinking, Margaret focused on her work, Charles had his classical music, Potter had his painting. How would you all have kept sane in such insanity? Hard to answer unless you actually went through it I suppose...

phantomeagle

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11/20/2019 3:01:54 AM

Charles
wdm1219inpenna wrote:
So often MASH discussed how some people went mental case due to the war, or might have already been mental. From Frank Burns' breakdown after Margarets's marriage, to General Steele being nuts to Steven Newsom cracking up. Hawk kept sane by his sarcasm and joking, Trap seemed to do so by his womanizing, Henry by drinking, Margaret focused on her work, Charles had his classical music, Potter had his painting. How would you all have kept sane in such insanity? Hard to answer unless you actually went through it I suppose...

I would have classical music as an out as well. I was lucky enough to meet David Ogden Steirs and he was happy that I was both a fan of M*A*S*H, and classical music.

FinestKindinTN

Email: ryvan@aol.com

Posted:
11/26/2019 11:16:16 AM

Not sure how I'd cope

Would I simply go more intense on a pastime I already do or find another? I would hope that I would find a productive one (or at least one that's not potentially destructive). I wish I wouldn't take up drinking, gambling, womanizing, eating, or the like.

I'd like to pose a follow up question - what would be the worst part about being in this environment?
For me, worse than the threat of death or serious injury is not being able to get away from people. It would be like being stuck in WalMart 24/7. Second would be the sleep schedule or lack thereof. As I've gotten older, I appreciate the opportunity to sleep when I need to.
By the way, good question!

wdm1219inpenna

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12/1/2019 10:26:10 PM

FinestKindinTN wrote:
Would I simply go more intense on a pastime I already do or find another? I would hope that I would find a productive one (or at least one that's not potentially destructive). I wish I wouldn't take up drinking, gambling, womanizing, eating, or the like.

I'd like to pose a follow up question - what would be the worst part about being in this environment?
For me, worse than the threat of death or serious injury is not being able to get away from people. It would be like being stuck in WalMart 24/7. Second would be the sleep schedule or lack thereof. As I've gotten older, I appreciate the opportunity to sleep when I need to.
By the way, good question!

The worst part for me would be having to be away from the comforts of home and family...

And thanks for your reply and the very kind comment FinestKindinTN

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