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I Challenge You to Live Like a Local

By: Tina

Date Posted: 2001-04-06

For the woman who wrote the article The Balancing Is Easier on Okinawa on page 8 of last week's Japan Update, I have a few words for you.

MY first comment is STAY HERE if you think it is so much better then the freedom of our wonderful home country. I understand that you like the aspect of not working but you couldn't do that here without your husband having the military job that the USA gave him. If you think this place is so much better then the States then I have a challenge for you. You can call it a dare.

Have your husband quit the military when his time is up, leave the FREE housing you're living in and all of the things that you have here because you are a US citizen (like the BX) and live like the locals!!! Then maybe you'll see why so many locals are looking to leave here to go to America!!!

The only reason you can walk through beaches and do whatever else you do with your time is, 1) because your husband is working for his country. You know, the place where everbody rushes and doesn't have time for vacation or their kids. 2) Because the military pays him cola. 3) Because if you live on base you have free everything as far as the house goes; if you live off base they help pay your rent.

So give all that up because in my option you don't deserve it anyways. Live here with the locals and like the locals. Give it 6 months and write back if you can afford it and tell me again how you think living here with the locals as a local is (who work six days out of the week I might add - sorry, but where is the time for kids?). Tell me again how much you think America is so caught up in their own and not anything else!!!

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