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What I Learned From My Vacation

"How was your vacation?" Jeff asked, handing me another can of beer. We were sitting on his patio, watching the sunset. The voices of our wives drifted through the screened windows of the house behind us. I opened the can and sipped.

"Good. We saw the monuments and museums."

"Learn anything?"

I lifted my can slightly. "The point at the top of the Washington Monument is made of aluminum, like this."

"Really? Sounds cheap," Jeff said. "If you're going to build some huge monument, you should put something better at the top."

"Aluminum wasn't cheap then. It was as expensive as silver or gold."

Jeff drank the last of his beer and crushed the empty can in his hand. "And now, it's garbage."

Story by:

Daniel Wilmoth

17 July 2014