by OPOVV, ©2017

(Jan. 21, 2017) — “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to yet another exciting episode of ‘Pulse of the Nation.’ Today we’re broadcasting from the corner across the street from the train station where we waylay people going about their day and ask them what’s on their minds. I’m your Roving Reporter and will be your host for tonight’s show.

“Excuse me, sir, Roving here.”

“I know who you are; ought to, watch you about every night for the last couple of years. How’s that Chief New Leaf doing these days?”

“Chief New Leaf travels around in his RV going from national park to park and has taken retirement to a whole new level.”

“How’s that?”

“He has an HO train set that he sets up every time he stops for a week or so. He builds balsa-wood buildings to scale; houses, barns and such, and paints them, too. What’s going on with your life?”

“I feel as if my stint in the military was validated by the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president, that’s what. Today was the biggest political day in my life, not counting the actual times I voted. And here comes my train. Bye.”

“Thanks for talking with us. Who’s next? Hello, what’s going on in your life?”

“I’ve got myself a new president, that’s what, and I’m very excited about the whole deal, as all America should be.”

“And if they aren’t?”

“What do you say we start a fund to send the others to Syria? Cat and I like your show. Have to run.”

“Great idea. And there she goes to catch her train. Next? Oh, hello, and how are you doing today?”

“I’m fine, and so is our country. Imagine if Trump didn’t win? Goodbye, America; goodbye, Western Civilization; goodbye, Christianity. But as it is, we won, and that’s all that counts. If you’re going to fight, you’ve got to win, right?”

“Right. Oh, you’re leaving? Have a great day. Anybody else? Looks like everyone has gone. I think I’ve a couple of minutes. Wait, here’s one more. You know you missed the last train?”

“No hurry; I’m just going to a museum. I like looking at that train set and the model ships.”

“So do I. So, what do you think of our new president?”

“Saved America, is what he did. Oh, I know some will say I’m jumping the gun, but I don’t care: I’m behind the only hope in town 110%. And here comes another train. Nice talking with you. By the way, whatever happened to that Vietnam Vet with the talking dog?”

“He’s around; we see him from time to time. And the dog doesn’t really talk, you know.”

“No, I don’t know. How do you know he doesn’t talk; you ever hear him not talk?”

“Well, yes: I have heard the dog not talk. He barks, but he doesn’t talk.”

“As you said: I heard you. You just said you never heard the dog not talk. I rest my case. And I’ve got to run. Get that dog back on; it would be a tragedy if you don’t. Bye.”

“Goodbye. And our time is up, folks, and so, on behalf of the crew, I’ll be wishing you all out there in television land a goodnight: Goodnight.

“It was going good until the talking dog subject came up. Burger time: my treat.”




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