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On Orcas Island
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TITLE (EDIT)
On Orcas Island
DESCRIPTION
Yuppie vacation to local resort...
[269 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Popular Fiction
AUTHOR
John Karl
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Short story writer with great appreciation for Ellen, Ernest, Kurt, and... Micro-Fiction.
[September 2001]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (4)
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Heyman (Short Stories) Taipei: Big spiders, no drinking water, and lots of Taiwan Beer... Give me 10 reviews and I'll post pictures of the actual spiders ;) [557 words] [Popular Fiction]
White Church (Short Stories) A passing of innocence and the expectation of one's future. [349 words] [Literary Fiction]
On Orcas Island
John Karl

    And then we come back around and realize that money isn’t everything…

“So do you guys live here now?” the waitress from the Starburg Café asked us after we’d shown ourselves two or three times at the lonely island restaurant accustomed to natives with a vacationer or two for laughs.

“No, we’re leaving tomorrow,” I would say with confidence that didn’t require a mission statement. “Sure must be nice to be a native here,” I would think… and then I would: “think not”. For if this is what the retreat meant to the natives then I have not found my place and more ostensibly, they’re in the wrong place. Let’s see…”Hey, I live here!!!, Please come and shop at my store, buy my authentic jewelry, or eat at my fashionable restaurant… but only if you are here for a day or two…” Wow, that seems extreme… this content sucks! You’re nothing more than a ‘bleeding” yuppie trying to ruin a good thing for everyone else. “Right?” right???, I don’t think so.

This island is a commercial operation. If you do not like the way the businesses do “business” then I suggest that you find a better way to relax. Fine, the author may find dubious conduct but it may be nothing more than the norm for the general attendance. Most will park their camper out front and could care less if the “clams are squeamish” in their holes. Crab buckets are $17.00 and there is no guarantee you’ll catch anything you’ll want to eat. Of course, it doesn’t matter anyway, since the government is regulating your activity. “Is this 2004????.”




      

 

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