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[ft-l] letter from a boyscout

since the list is relatively quiet, i thought i'd share this letter
from a boyscout to his mother:

> Dear Mom,
> Our scout master told us all write to our parents in case you saw the
> flood on TV and worried.  We are OK.  Only 1 of our tents and 2
> sleeping bags got washed away.  Luckily, none of us got drowned
> because we were all up on the mountain looking for Chad when it
> happened. Oh yes, please call Chad's mother and tell her he is OK.
> He can't write because of the cast.  I got to ride in one of the
> search & rescue jeeps. It was neat.  We never would have found him in
> the dark if it hadn't been for the lightning.
> Scoutmaster Webb got mad at Chad for going on a hike alone without
> telling anyone.  Chad said he did tell him, but it was during the
> fire so he probably didn't hear him.  Did you know that if you put
> gas on a fire, the gas can will blow up?  The wet wood still didn't
> burn, but one of our tents did.  Also some of our clothes. John is
> going to look weird until his hair grows back.
> We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Webb gets the car fixed.
> It wasn't his fault about the wreck.  The brakes worked OK when we
> left. Scoutmaster Webb said that a car that old you have to expect
> something to break down; that's probably why he can't get insurance
> on it.  We think it's a neat car.  He doesn't care if we get it
> dirty, and if it's hot, sometimes he lets us ride on the tailgate.
> It gets pretty hot with 10 people in a car.  He let us take turns
> riding in the trailer until the highway patrolman stopped and talked
> to us.
> Scoutmaster Webb is a neat guy.  Don't worry, he is a good driver.
> In fact, he is teaching Terry how to drive.  But he only lets him
> drive on the mountain roads where there isn't any traffic.  All we
> ever see up there are logging trucks.
> This morning all of the guys were diving off the rocks and swimming
> out in the lake.  Scoutmaster Webb wouldn't let me because I can't
> swim and Chad was afraid he would sink because of his cast, so he
> let us take the canoe across the lake.  It was great.  You can still see
> some of the trees under the water from the flood.  Scoutmaster Webb
> isn't crabby like some scoutmasters.  He didn't even get mad about
> the life jackets.
> He has to spend a lot of time working on the car so we are trying not
> to cause him any trouble.  Guess what?  We have all passed our first
> aid merit badges.  When Dave dove in the lake and cut his arm, we got
> to see how a tourniquet works.  Also Wade and I threw up.
> Scoutmaster Webb said it probably was just food poisoning from the
> leftover chicken, he said they got sick that way with the food they
> ate in prison.  I'm so glad he got out and become our scoutmaster.
> He said he sure figured out how to get things done better while he
> was doing his time.
> I have to go now.  We are going into town to mail our letters and buy
> bullets.  Don't worry about anything. We are fine.
> Love, Cole

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