Fort Ord — Fort Belvoir — Korea
Flying with MATS
Dance Studio Temptress
No Time for Sergeants Strange Cyber Stuff
Getting Kicked Off AOL
Broke my Clavicle at the PC
Secret Online Sweetheart
Surprise Invitation from
a Married Woman
Assorted Fun Stuff
Don's Vintage Cartoons
I Like the Girls Who Do
Sharing a Springtime Shower
I Like to Look at Pictures
It Was Midnight on the Ocean
Then there was the time I ran across Willie digging a hole not too far from our tent. He did not look happy.
"What are you doing?" I asked.
"Diggin' a sump hole," he said with a thoroughly disgusted look on his face.
"So how did you happen to be picked for this job?" I asked, truly puzzled, because Willie had a real talent for avoiding work details of any kind.
"Well," he said, "I was just standin' here talkin' to a sergeant and a corporal. We weren't doin' nothin' special — you know — just shootin' the breeze.
All of a sudden this lieutenant walks up and says, "Sergeant — we need a sump hole dug right here. Take care of it!"
"Yes, sir!" the sergeant said, and turned around and looked at the other guy. "Corporal," he says, "we need a sump hole dug right here. Take care of it!"
"Aye, aye," the corporal says, as he turns around and looks at me. "Private Canada, we need a sump hole dug right here. Take care of it!"
"Me? I turn around and look at the shovel — and start diggin'."
J Then there was the time Willie came bounding into our tent, all out of breath and bubbling over with enthusiasm.
"I got it!" he said. "I know what I'm gonna do when I get out of the army!"
"I know," I replied. "You told me about the truck and your brother."
"No, no," he said, "this is better — way better! I'm gonna start a church!"
"Excuse me?" I said.
"Yeah — really! I was just talkin' with some guys who said that back home they give ten percent of their wages to somethin' called a tithe at the church they go to. Can you imagine? Ten percent!"
"Think about it! If I had a church that only ten people came to, I'd be making as much as they do, at ten percent each! And, shucks, I wouldn't charge no ten percent! I could get by on, say, seven, easy. And if I had enough people comin' I could drop it to five percent! Man! I can't wait to get started!"
And Willie was totally serious. In fact, I've often wondered how things are going at his church.