> HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT > ------------------------------------ > > 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.