Hello, my name is…
1 - Hello, my name is Charles. I learned long ago that if you are making a stand on what is right, you better being doing it to make a difference. If you can’t change anything by making your stand, walk away and pick another place to do it where you can make a difference. I don’t go for hopeless last stands. That’s why I’m still alive, and still making what’s right make a difference when the conditions are ripe for it.
2 - Hello, my name is Betty. Nobody can make us happy or sad. We do that on our own. It’s the glass half empty or glass half full debate. We decide how we will see things. Happiness in the end is an inside job.
3 - Hello, my name is Jack. Some of us hide what we want or think, whether it’s cause we think people don’t care or we don’t want to open ourselves up for ridicule by those who disagree. Some of us proudly proclaim our beliefs, our wants, for all to see. I usually remain silent now, because I just don’t need to say it. You see I wear my bias for liberty and freedom on my sleeve. It has thirteen red and white stripes and seventy one white stars on a blue background. Yeehaw.
4 - Hello, my name is Charles. Some people use skulls and bones as their symbols. Many in my family did, as did I when I attended Yale. I was going to do great things in secret for that society. Then the Shang came. I found a new symbol to use then, one that fit my new values. The wolf symbolizes how I stand with my new friends, my new pack. I am proud to use the name Wolf. Are you proud to let people see the symbols you live by? If not, maybe you should change as I did.
5 - Hello, my name is Jack. I was one of the first ten Cowboys. A lot more came after. We’re all American. We all flew with the Peloran. Others flew with them too. British, Scottish, French, Polish…in the end, every nation in the Western Alliance sent pilots to fly with the Peloran. And they were not called Cowboys. I remember when I met the first German to fly with us. That Teutonic fellow always did consider himself a knight in shining armor. It’s no surprise what they’re called now. Gunfight at Alpha Centauri
6 - Hello, my name is Betty. My first trip to Alpha Centauri was an interesting experience. I have memories of it from the family members who’ve been there before, but it was the first time I actually saw the place. We spent a few weeks there, rebuilding our ships and fighters, so I had a lot of time to visit the planet. It’s a mix of every culture in the Western Alliance, and you get to see the best of them all there. It would be a good place to live, if I wanted to settle down.
7 - Hello, my name is Jack. We take for granted the fact that we can travel anywhere. If we do something wrong, we’re arrested and we can talk to a lawyer and communicate with our family. We get a jury of our peers to decide our case if we’re charged. That’s not always been the case. The British Army marched with orders to kill Citizens of the British Empire. That’s the spark that lit the Shot Heard Round the World. We fought for the freedom to live in freedom. Never forget that.
8 - Hello, my name is Charles. To those of you who say it won’t happen to you, it will. Trust me. I have been there. Whether it’s an earthquake or a shipwreck, being without power and heat, not being able to buy food at the supermarket, or anything else, it’s the same situation. We all have to be prepared to live on our own. Stock up food and water so you aren’t one of the people mobbing the stores, or so you can feed yourself while waiting for the rescuers. Always be prepared.
9 - Hello, my name is Betty. I have the self-image of a twenty to thirty something short blonde. The plus side of that is that I look really good in a sundress. The minus side is, I get some real losers hitting on me at the bar. I’ve heard more about libraries and fines than I ever want to. I’ve used the “You may be a person of interest to the police, but to not to me” line more than once. It usually shuts them up. If not, Jack is happy to show them the door. He usually opens it for them.
10 - Hello, my name is Jack. In America, our colonies, the entire Western Alliance, we know that the military will never arrest us unless we actually do something to them. The military is not a good law enforcement organization. The military is trained to kill people. But in law enforcement, stopping the problem is more important. Lots of cops never fire a gun. Protecting people, not killing them is their mission. Never let the military become the police. They don’t have the right mindset.
11 - Hello, my name is Charles. In many ways, I feel lucky. I did not spend my formative years in prison, as many children have, convicted of a crime and sent away to rot, only to be exonerated years later. That happened to a friend of mine. Instead, I spent my formative years fighting the Shang. They made me the man I am today. Actually, the Peloran did, but I wouldn’t have flown with them if the Shang hadn’t come, so I think I can still give them credit for me.
12 - Hello, my name is Jack. I grew up in a world where cybers were real. I never doubted their intelligence, but I did doubt their emotions. Deep down, I guess I thought the cybers projected them so we would feel more at ease with them. I thought they were just better AIs. I was wrong. They feel loss just like we do. Let me tell you, loss is real hard to deal with when you were literally born to be with that person. Loss
13 - Hello, my name is Betty. Life is a growing process. Sometimes it is filled with joy so great we never want to leave that moment. Sometimes it is filled with pain so horrible we wonder how we can go on. That pain and that joy and everything else we experience is part of life. That is what tempers us and makes us stronger. If we are not tempered by life, we will never know the highest potential we can achieve.
14 - Hello, my name is Jack. I love those gangsta wannabes who waddle around with their belts around their legs. They are so easy to catch when they try to run. And if they fight, they hold their pistols to the side, and act so dangerous. They’re lucky if they even hit their target, and they rarely realize how easy it is to disarm them until it is too late. I learned long ago that the people to worry about are the truly dangerous professionals who wear suits. I happen to wear one myself.
15 - Hello, my name is Charles. I learned to read and speak Chinese as a child, from ancient to modern styles. My family said it was so I could read Sun Tzu the way it is supposed to be read. His work is nearly three thousand years old, and yet much of it is still applicable. One thing I learned from him is to know your soldiers. Ask about their children. Learn the names of their loved ones. Treat them as loved ones, and they will follow you into Hell without hesitation.
16 - Hello, my name is Betty. Don’t limit yourself. Every time we say that we can’t do something, we make it true. Every time we say we can do something, we remove those limits. We don’t always succeed of course, but we will achieve our goals far more often if we start by saying we can do this than if we start by saying we cannot. In the end, we are the ones who place or remove limits on our own possibilities.
17 - Hello, my name is Jack. There’s an old saying. It takes 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger squeeze. When it comes to exercise, I think quality outmatches quantity. Oh, I do my daily workout so I’m fit and trim and all that. Beyond that, I give special attention to the 17 and the 3, so I’m always ready to react with the appropriate response when I meet someone new.
18 - Hello, my name is Charles. I find it interesting that there is always a threat to our way of live. Always, our government and our media tells us that the people over there want to take our lives and our freedom, so we should stand up in our patriotic fervor and demand that our government take our freedoms and our money to save our lives. Even now, in this period of peace, they continue to do this. One wonders if they have our best interests in their hearts.
19 - Hello, my name is Jack. When you lose something amazing, you have to choose whether you are going to curl up in a ball and cry, or celebrate everything you still have. I’ve never been the kind to curl up and cry, so I find myself a party. I find some people who want to dance, I find some good music, and I find myself something to celebrate. For me, that’s life. Living it is the ultimate celebration of that gift. Celebration
20 - Hello, my name is Betty. I’ve seen people hurt, I’ve seen people triumphant. I’ve seen people brought as low as they’ve ever been, I’ve seen them standing tall on the mountain. I’ve seen people ignore others. I’ve seen people listen, stretch out a hand, or whisper a word of encouragement, or just attempt to understand another person. That is when amazing things begin to happen.
21 - Hello, my name is Jack. I grew up in a good family, in a good town, with a lot of nice people all around me. I went to school with them, I played with their sons and daughters, and I fished and water-skied with them. I partied with them, was a tourist guide, and a crazy big-city kid wrangler. All my life, I’ve always paid rapt attention to the people in my life. That is one of the greatest gifts we can give anybody.
22 - Hello, my name is Charles. My family always told me that we were leaders of mankind. They told me that we were the best and we were the ones who mattered. Fighting the Shang, I found a different type of leadership. It is a leadership based on what you do, not who you are. If what you do inspires others to do better, to become better, to learn more, or to dream higher, in the end you are a leader. I like to think I became one during The War.
23 - Hello, my name is Betty. The Christmas season is an amazing time. You’ve got Thanksgiving on the front, then Hanukkah and Christmas, and New Year’s Day on the end. To a lot of people, it’s a time to get together with family, to give thanks and enjoy the giving of gifts. Others celebrate God’s gift of His son to humanity. Others celebrate dedicating their temples and themselves to God. Many celebrate the ending of one year, looking forward to a new one. I love the whole season.
24 - Hello, my name is Jack. People ask me what I like about Christmas. The lights, the eggnog, the caroling, the shopping, the visions of Santas dancing and reindeer flying, or dozens of other bits. I like ’em all. I admit I’m real partial to the parties. But if asked what I enjoy the most about it, I have to say that I really enjoy the mistletoe.
25 - Hello, my name is Charles. Today is Christmas day. Today we celebrate the birth of a man born over two thousand years ago. Is it His actual birthday? No. But it’s the day we celebrate His birth and His life. He told us to treat others the way we would want ourselves to be treated. He told us not to judge others if we would rather not be judged ourselves. He told us we would do great things in His name. So, in His name, I wish you a Merry Christmas.
26 - Hello, my name is Charles. I grew up believing that my family were leaders among men. I grew up believing I was worth more than others. Then one day my mind connected the dots between two facts and a new worldview appeared to me. I was lost between two worlds, and didn’t know which way to go. Some people ask God for guidance in times like that. I have always been the kind who finds friends to talk to. Even before I became a Cowboy, I have always had friends I would trust my life with. Lost
27 - Hello, my name is Betty. I’ve learned some important lessons in my life, rules to live by that make our lives and our partnerships better. We should be generous, but not an easy mark. We should love completely, and demand that in return. We should trust, but understand that people fail sometimes. We should listen, but provide our own point of view as well. Every relationship we have is a two-way street and must be accepted as such to be a healthy relationship.
28 - Hello, my name is Jack. I’m always looking for the girl of my dreams. Of course, I have a lot of dreams. One dream needs someone who loves music, enjoys dancing, and loves to party. Another dream requires someone I can open up to, show my true spirit to, my deepest wishes, my darkest fears. My dreams range from the mundane to the grand, and I love them all. And I love every girl that completes them. What can I say? I’m a romantic guy.
29 - Hello, my name is Charles. I have found many ways to get things done in my life. Often, I do it myself. I know what I want done and I can do it right. Sometimes, I send others to do it. Sometimes I tell them how to do it. But I have been amazed by the results when I have sent people to do something, but not how to do it. The truly great people will find truly great ways of doing things. I love turning them loose on a problem.
30 - Hello, my name is Betty. New Years is an amazing time. There are fireworks and parties and lighted balls dropping as people count down the seconds. People share bubbly drinks and mixed drinks that you can’t identify, and sometimes they even share first kisses, or maybe the first kisses of a new year. It’s a time for people to get together and celebrate the parts of life that are worth living. New Years truly is an amazing time to be alive.
31 - Hello, my name is Jack. We went out last night. We drank last night, we partied last night, we kissed girls from all over Alpha Centauri. It was amazing. There were people doing body shots, dancing on tables, and howling at the moon. People did things they’d never do any other night. I’m sitting here right now, in this New Year, and I realize after everything that happened last night, I’m still breathing, and I’m still alive. So you know what? I’m going out again tonight.