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Chapter 8: Escape to Reality

A much-decorated Russian hero returned from duty on the Finnish front where he had performed valorous service. He had been up in the mountains for months on end in the dead of winter. This was his first furlough in a full year.

A reporter came to see him. With a twinkle in his eye, the reporter asked, “Tell me, Captain Ivan Petrovich, what was the second thing you did after being away from your wife for a full year?”

Ivan answered without hesitation, “The second thing? Why, the second thing I did was take off my skis.”

If you have been too long in the mountains, how can you take your skis off first?

A ship was coming into harbor after six months at sea. The women of the town had all come down to the quayside to welcome their returning husbands. One woman was waving to her husband perched forward in the bows of the ship and shouting to him, “E.F! E.F!”

He was shouting, “F.F! F.F!”

“E.F! E.F!”

“F.F! F.F!”

A bystander turned to the woman and asked, “What is all this E.F. F.F. business?”

She replied, “I am saying we should eat first.”

Enough for today.