(In 250 Words or Less)

OCTOBER 6, 2006
Word Count:249

“A little to the left Laureen.”

“There. How’s that?”

“No. That’s too much, a little to the right.”

“How’s that?”

“Let me look it at it from over here…nope that doesn’t work. It covers part of George’s portrait.”

“Maybe if you moved your safari outfit to the back you’d be able to see it better.”

“But I wore that when I served… er, went to Afghanistan.”

“That was very brave of you Stephen. Tell me you won’t go back.”

“No, no, no. I won’t be going there again. Been there done that. You know, now that you mention it, I never received any danger pay for being there. I’ll have to have a word with Flaherty about that.”

“Good. I don’t want your asthma flaring up again. You should have been given a Purple Heart.”

“I’ll mention it to Hillier but I wouldn’t hold my breath.”

“Stephen! That sounded just like a joke! Good for you!”

“I’ve come along way since my Reach For The Top days honey.”

“Speaking of that Stephen, your team was beaten three to one. Maybe its time we took down that picture. We could put the award there?”

“I don’t know. I suppose so. No, wait.”

“Darn it Stephen! This Woodrow Wilson Award is getting heavy.”

“Oh… Okay.”

“There how does that look?”

“Pretty good I guess.”

“We’ll put your team picture over by your bust of Preston Manning.”

“Okay. That’s fitting. I guess it was the price he had to pay for leadership.”

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