Isn’t This Why I Got Out of the Army?

       When I was in Korea last month, our group took an afternoon of “teambuilding.”  I then discovered that what was planned for us was a visit to an outdoor confidence course. 

       When we finally arrived at the course (it was an hour + bus ride), our hosts gave us the proper equipment of a harness and helmet.  That’s when I started having a bad feeling about this.  

       Then we trudged up a long, steep hill and came to the base of a 30-foot high wall.  After looking at it for a minute or two, I noticed many protruding rocks on the face of the wall.  And then our hosts announced to us that it was a rock climbing wall.  And what did I do?  Like an idiot, I tried it.  About a minute and sore hands and fingers later, I was still only about halfway up the face.  I looked up, and the bell at the top still seemed to be at least 30 feet away.  Then I had some serious flashbacks of maneuvering through an outdoor military training course, crawling in the mud under some logs.  That’s when it occurred to me that I really don’t like this stuff, and it was one of the reasons (albeit a minor one) that I separated from the Army. 

       So what’s on the agenda for my next visit?  I’m not sure, but hopefully it will be something indoors.  Like a bar…  

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale



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