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"Orthodontist," Billy corrects. "Not bad. No house calls."
"The dentists were amazed how well I kept my teeth Up There," the major says. "The gooks only gave us a tiny little tube of toothpaste, as a three-month supply, so I massaged my gums every day with my fingers, and I pulled threads out of the blanket to use as dental floss. When I had my checkup at Keesler, I had four cavities and three were under old fillings."
"Well, hell, they sure weren't feeding you a lot of candy bars, were they?" Cannon laughs.
"Musta been pretty bad. You think the bombing helped at the end?"
"All I know is you could see the fear in the eyes of those guards. That wasn't there before."
"Would you go back, if Nixon wanted you to?"
"In a minute. Listen, I'd kiss that man on the White House steps."
The major asks if Billy has missed pro football.
"I miss it here, where it shows," Cannon says, slapping his rounding stomach. "But I'll tell you, Neal, the game gets better. It's just not as complicated as it seems. Remember how we always heard that stuff about 'balanced attack, balanced attack'? Well, now they get a big old boy like O.J. Simpson, or somebody, and give him the ball 20 or 30 times a game and let him wear the defense out. Nothing complicated about that."