Universal Respect (RR)


by OPOVV, ©2017

Kim Jong-Un is the youngest son and designated new leader of North Korea following his father’s death on December 17, 2011

(Apr. 12, 2017) — “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to ‘Pulse of the Nation.’ We’re back under the awning on the corner across from the railroad station about to ask passersby what’s on their minds. Excuse me, sir, got a minute to be on TV?”

“Well, if it isn’t Roving and crew. How you all doing?”

“Just fine; thank you for asking. May I ask what you’re up to today?”

“I’m on my way to catch a flight to Tokyo. You know, I was stationed in Japan while I was in the service and I’m going back to visit a shrine in Nikko where I once found peace of mind. They have a shrine there, the Toshogu: 3 monkeys: see, hear and speak no evil.”

“Yes, I saw it, too. And I agree with you; it was a very tranquil setting, although in my case it was just a temporary reprieve for what was about to change my life forever.”

“Too bad. I was Air Force and spent my whole enlistment in Japan, 20 years all told, even learned the language good enough to tell the taxi driver where I wanted to go; married a Japanese woman. For 40 years we were happy together; went back each year to visit her family. This is the first time I’ll be back since she died, rest her soul.”

“You going to visit her family?”

“No, her parents are long gone and her sisters never approved of the American who dropped bombs on their country (although that was a whole generation before me and I didn’t have anything to do with World War II). They didn’t know I spoke the language and could understand every word. My wife just said that they were jealous because she found a good man and to ignore them, which I did and will continue to do.”

“Besides the monkey shrine, what other places do you plan to visit?”

“The shrine to Hachiko at the Shibuya train station in Tokyo. Actually, that’ll be my first visit. The plane gets in at 2030, so somewhere around 10 o’clock I’ll be sitting while I contemplate for as long as it takes. It’ll be a very emotional moment for me; I’ll be saying goodbye to many an animal friend, not just the dogs that I’ve had the privilege to know but cats and even a mouse as well. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.”

“It sounds as if you got it all planned. How long you going to stay?”

“One week. You get a discount if you book months in advance for a one-week round trip, which I did. And, listen, there’s other shrines dedicated to Hachi throughout the country. And here’s my train. Sayonara.”

“Thank you for talking with us. Have a safe trip. I’ve heard about Veterans going back to Vietnam. Not me; there’s no way, just as there’s no way I’ll take a sea cruise. Are you next in line?”

“Yes, I am. Wasn’t that sweet of the old man visiting Japan, where once in his life he found an oasis where his mind was at peace? I knew a place such as that at a church in Florida. They had a beautiful garden with a reflecting pond and little waterfall. Lovely setting. I used to go there with my future husband, in my church-going days.”

“What happened with that?”

“Oh, we got married and I cheated on him, so he left.”

“Well, now, what did you expect him to do?”

“That does it. I figured you would take his side. Goodbye.”

“Goodbye, besides, there’s no ‘sides’ on infidelity. A lie is a lie no matter how you slice it. Hello; what are you up to today?”

“I’m going to visit the Art Institute. Lived here all of my life and I thought today is the day.”

“How long have you lived here?”

“Seventy years, give or take a few months. Lived other places, too, but came back home when I retired.”

“And what did you retire from?”

“I used to work for stockbrokers. Interesting job, and I came out of it with a good retirement plan so it worked out better than I thought.”

“What about North Korea? Any thoughts on that?”

“I really feel sorry for those poor people, living under that crazy dictator, even nuttier than his father, who was a real Looney Tune. I say take him out and let Korea be unified. If the United Nations didn’t give up in the 1950’s we wouldn’t have the mess we have today. Back then, everyone was afraid of the Chinese, but MacArthur wasn’t.

“It’s the same old story: America not winning. I think with Trump, America will start to win, and I must say it’s about time. I was going to say send the Muslims back to the Stone Age but they never got out of it, did they?”

“What about the nukes North Korea has?”

“Well, it’s our fault to have let it go on for so long in the first place, and the longer we wait to deal with it the stronger they become. No, we have to deal with it, decidedly, once and for all. Eliminate the problem; that’s how you earn universal respect. And that’s my train. Bye.”

“Goodbye. Thank you for talking with us. You know she’s right? And I’m afraid our time has expired, and so, on behalf of the crew, I’ll be wishing you all a goodnight: Goodnight.

“Good show. Burger time: my treat.”

I’ll Remember You


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