Monday, April 26, 2010

Have you ever dance?

An old prospector shuffled into the town of El Indio, Texas leading an old tired mule. The old man headed straight for the only saloon in town, to clear his parched throat. He walked up to the saloon and tied his old mule to the hitch rail. As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.

The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, "Hey old man, have you ever danced?" The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, "No, I never did dance... never really wanted to."

A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, "Well, you old fool, you're gonna' dance now," and started shooting at the old man's feet. The old prospector, not wanting to get a toe blown off, started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet. Everybody was laughing, fit to be tied.

When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon. The old man turned to his pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled shotgun, and cocked both hammers. The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air.

The crowd stopped laughing immediately. The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned around very slowly. The silence was almost deafening. The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old timer and the large gaping holes of those twin barrels.

The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man's hands, as he quietly said, "Son, have you ever kissed a mule's ass?"

The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, "No sir..... but... I've always wanted to."

There are a few lessons for us all here:

- Never be arrogant.
- Don't waste ammunition.
- Whiskey makes you think you're smarter than you are.
- Always, always make sure you know who has the power.
- Don't mess with old men, they didn't get old by being stupid.

I just love a story with a happy ending, don't you?


Priyanka Khot said...

Too good... had me in splits!

Arkansas Patti said...

"Don't mess with old men, they didn't get old by being stupid."
Love it and it goes double for old women.

Clytie said...

I agree with Arkansas Patti - goes double for old women!!!

Thank you for the belly laugh this morning! I hope you have a wonderful week.

Beth Niquette said...

Hahaaa....I LOVE it! And I'm in agreement with Clytie and Arkansas Patti--goes double for us old ladies, too. (grin)

Anna said...

Oh Patty I love this story too, lol, that really made me laugh. I love this story too, thanks for sharing. Anna :)

Renie Burghardt said...

Hahaha! Yep, happy endings are the best! Haha!

Enjoy DWS tonight.

Wanda said...

I remember reading this once before somewhere...but it's good the second time around too.

ChrisJ said...

I like that last comment -- you don't get old by being stupid!

Margaret Cloud said...

I sure did like this one. Young men always think they know more than their elders.