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Christmas in Korea


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This is a very good story, Bill. No wiggle room to fool around with the rules when outside the country. Others aren't so lenient. I can see where the funk was lifted, but then returned. Best of luck in the contest. Marilyn


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reply by the author on 11-Dec-2019
    Thanks, Marilyn. No joy in the contest.

reply by BeasPeas on 11-Dec-2019
    Sorry about that. I liked your story and thought it was pretty darn on target for guys away from home in the service. Marilyn
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Gawd but so many regulations just suck, don't they?! Ugh!! And I see that 'butt hole' is a common thread here between your two posts thus far... ;) :) LOL! ;) In all seriousness, Bill, this is a great offering for the True Flash -- good luck!! ;) :) Yvette


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reply by the author on 01-Dec-2019
    Thanks, Yvette. Guess I?ll move on the other parts of the body.
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LOL. The irony of this. What a clever way to decorate a tree. Leave it to the government to have no heart.
as far from Christmas as a butt hole from the heart-- a suitable metaphor!


 Comment Written 30-Nov-2019



reply by the author on 30-Nov-2019
    Thanks, Shari. Hope the holidays go well.
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Isn't that just the way that life goes. You try to dredge up a little joy in your otherwise drab life and some class A butt hole is just itching to take a dump on your dreams, and then order you to pay up and then clean up, while you accept the blame of his having to take a dump on you and your day.


 Comment Written 30-Nov-2019



reply by the author on 30-Nov-2019
    I recall at the time I was a bit put out.
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Hey, if the wanted their trees protected, they should have said something earlier! This is a really good story; since it's one you'll not forget, you have easily told it as a story the reader won't forget either. Nice one!


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    Thank you, Brenda, for the great review. Bill

reply by brenda faye curtis on 02-Dec-2019
    You're welcome, Bill.
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Sounds like typical military and government bureaucracy! Thank you for sharing and for your service in keeping South Korea safe unlike what the current administration is doing. Blessings to you and all who are separated from loved ones because of serving worldwide.


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reply by the author on 30-Nov-2019
    Thanks, lyenochka, for the great review.
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Wow an interesting tale from the real world and especially the DMZ in South Korea - humankind does appear to have a long and arduous road to travel in terms of understanding!! presently reading a short novel set in South Korea ' Hiver a Sotcho'by Elisa Shua Dusapin -gives an interesting insight!! thanks for sharing


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reply by the author on 30-Nov-2019
    Thank you, Zanya, for the positive review. Bill
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How awful. Trying to raise holiday spirits only to make things worse. At least it brought you a little joy for a moment, I suppose. Your flash fiction is well-written, descriptive. I could picture the tree in my mind. Good luck with your contest.


 Comment Written 30-Nov-2019



reply by the author on 30-Nov-2019
    Thanks for the excellent review, MD.
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This would be funny if it wasn't so not funny. I can't believe boosting the morale of troops isn't worth a thousand dollars. Granted, laws must be obeyed, especially in a foreign country; but, if I'd been that commanding officer, I would have paid it out of my own pocket and kept my mouth shut to the troops. Excellent job presenting this story. Wish I had a six star to give.


 Comment Written 30-Nov-2019



reply by the author on 30-Nov-2019
    Thanks, Wry. What I recall clearly is the HQ lieutenant explaining to our warrant officer the situation, once it had gotten back to the rear that this had happened. I think the situation must have gotten blown out of proportion at some level.

reply by WryWriter on 30-Nov-2019
    Not surprising. Sigh.
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This account is definitely an example of how people are often forced to learn by contrast. It also makes me think that sometimes governments everywhere, or even most or all governments everywhere in this imperfect world will prioritize things very differently from a true Christian point of view. Was there really an officer liaison who was in charge of making sure no one had a Christmas tree, even one for the whole company? It sounds like the government part of the military was more interested in making money than serving and protecting. I think even a child or teenager would comprehend the sadness and alienation produced by this act. Thanks for sharing.


 Comment Written 30-Nov-2019



reply by the author on 30-Nov-2019
    My understanding was that the United Nations had spent a billion dollars reforesting South Korea after the Korean War and placed protective punitive fines to keep people from harvesting lumber there for at least two generation.

reply by CrystieCookie999 on 30-Nov-2019
    Ah, I think reforesting is a good idea, since I still have memories of Yellowstone National Park burning and seeing teensy 3-foot trees in 1998. Two generations sounds like a long time to wait, 40 years or so?

reply by the author on 30-Nov-2019
    I think they meant twenty years.
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