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Fwd: How to Get What You Want

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Larry Cox (L_J_Cox)
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 16:41:03 -0700

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> A wise old gentleman retired and purchased a modest home near
> a junior high school. He spent the first few weeks of his
> retirement in peace and contentment.
> Then a new school year began. The very next afternoon three
> young boys full of youthful after-school enthusiasm came down his
> street beating merrily on every trash can they encountered. The
> crashing percussion continued day after day, until finally the wise old
> man decided it was time to take some action.
> The next afternoon, he walked out to meet the young percussionists
> as they banged their way down the street. Stopping them, he said,
> "You kids are a lot of fun. I like to see you express your exuberance
> like that. I used to do the same thing when I was your age. Will you
> do me a favor? I'll give you each a dollar if you'll promise to come
> around every day and do your thing."
> The kids were elated and continued to do a bang-up job on the trash
> cans.A few days later, the wily retiree approached them again as they
> drummed their way down the street. "Look" he said. "I haven't received
> my Social Security (Pension) check yet, so I'm not going to be able to
> give you more than 25 cents. Will that be okay?"
> "A lousy quarter?" the drum leader exclaimed. "If you think we're
> going to waste our time beating these cans around for a quarter, you're
> nuts! No way, mister. We quit!"
> And the old man enjoyed peace and serenity for the rest of his days.