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The Naval Academy (Places)

"Tad, I just can't imagine doing the whole long distance thing."
"But it's only for a year."
"No, it's four years at the Academy and then four years of the Navy and I don't know."

Founded in 1845 as a place to train future Naval officers, Annapolis' Naval Academy is a gathering place for young men (and, since 1976, women) who wish to sign away more than the four years of their future that a civilian college lifestyle would require. Their motto, ex scientia tridens (from knowledge, seapower), seems almost archaic in this modern world so focused on advancement of technology via electronics. The general idea of "excellence without arrogance," however, while admirable, does not seem to fit Tad's personality. Only an extremely arrogant person would think that his ex-girlfriend, after faced with the possibility of him outing an embarrassing sexual exploit, would voluntarily and happily want to get back together with him.

1.20 "M.A.D."

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