It's been 40 years since I became a free man again. After almost 4 years of servitude at slave wages (this was before they eliminated the draft and starting pay in the military was less than $100 a month), I was out of bondage. At least that's what it felt like at the time. Tricky Dicky cut the budget and they couldn't afford to pay me, so they kicked me out early. Still didn't vote for the crook. Hadn't been for him, it's possible they could have ended the war earlier and I might have gotten out even sooner.
I had carried a few check stubs in my wallet from when I had been a free man before the military. I had 3 jobs from the beginning of the year until I enlisted and in approximately one month I had earned more than I did in the first 5 months in the military. So I was looking forward to earning a living wage. Was I ever naive. But first I was going to draw unemployment, I figured Uncle Sugar owed me a nice long vacation (when I got out, I was entitled to 26 weeks of benefits at $45 a week). I had to wait the same number of days as the number of days leave that I sold back to Uncle Sugar before I could sign up for unemployment. I took my time going home and signed up exactly x number of days after my discharge.
Those were simpler times. The electronics in my house were a black & white TV, a clock radio and a portable Hi-Fi record player. It had a flip down turntable and speakers that swung out or you could detach them and get a little separation. My car had an AM radio and I added an 8-track player. Still have a few 8-track tapes somewhere, don't know if any are from that time, would have to carbon date them!!