Subtlety makes the best malaphor. When spoken, you pause and consider if the phrase was correct. It is a passing thought, because you will quickly forget it. Today’s malaphor fits that bill. The speaker was explaining why he should retire. It is a mash up of “earned my stripes” and “put in my time”, both meaning hard work that deserves an award. Kudos to Ed Brady for sending me this congruent conflation!