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Monday, December 1, 2014

Birmingham, Vietnam

If you were raised in the 1950s or 1960s, and grasped how scary the world could be, in Birmingham, Vietnam and the house on the corner where the daddy drank, you were diagnosed as being the overly sensitive child.
I was thinking, hey, Birmingham is not in Vietnam. Then I realized that what the writer meant to say was
If you were raised in the 1950s or 1960s, and grasped how scary the world could be, in Birmingham, Vietnam, and the house on the corner where the daddy drank, you were diagnosed as being the overly sensitive child.
Yes, the Oxford comma comes to the rescue.

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