Chicken Soup NOT for the Soul… April 19, 2006Posted by scan man in Life in India, Misc.
A truly hectic week at the 4077th. The flood of work seemed to slow down to a trickle by noon on Saturday. Hawkeye hatched a plan to get out to Tokyo for a well-earned R&R break with a group of friends. The rumours reached Col. Blake who expressly forbade them to leave camp. He needed them nearby. So our friends decided to sneak out to an abandoned village south of the frontline instead.
Hawkeye, Trapper, Duke, Radar, Dago Red, Spearchucker, Ugly John, Maj. Sidney and Col. Flag set out with enough provisions in two comandeered jeeps with Radar & Dago Red – the two teetotallers – as the drivers.
The night was variously spent with much singing & dancing & shouting & falling & puking & finally falling asleep (dead drunk) in the 'wee hours'.
As usual, everyone is up early on Sunday, a few bleary-eyed in the throes of a hangover…
Hawkeye suggests a cure.. So more of the vodka is finished off.
When they wake up after noon, they find that there's no more food. They forgot to ask the nice Korean lady to make lunch.
But these are doctors.. who even on their bad days can outdo the best wizards of Unseen University.
Radar is sent to fetch a few packets of Korean instant chicken noodles which are cooked with water.
While the noodles are being cooked, Hawkeye gets the idea that the excess water would make a good soup. But it has to have his touch. So he strains off the water and adds the remaining vodka.
Thus they have 'Chicken Noodle Vodka Soup'. Definitely not for the soul…
They start back for camp towards evening and reach by nightfall – having finished off some more whiskey that they had taken along as emergency rations.
Closing scene … the 6 AM choppers are bringing in more casualties and our friends are rushing to their usual Monday morning grind….
Author's Note: The above story is entirely fiction. Anyone who gets an idea that it could be autobiographical requires a head scan.
That's because I slept for nearly 12 hours on Sunday and dreamt up this story…