Thursday, February 18, 2010

"The Wages of Sin"

I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking man in a HoverRound who said his name was Lynn and asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner.

I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, 'If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it instead of dinner?'

'No, I had to stop drinking years ago', Lynn told me.

'Will you use it to go gambling instead of buying food?' I asked.

'No, I don't waste time gambling,' Lynn said. 'I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.'

'Will you spend this on a massage parlor instead of food?' I asked.

'Are you NUTS!' replied Lynn . I haven't had a massage 20 years!'

'Well, I said, 'I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you out for dinner with my wife and me tonight.'

Lynn was shocked. 'Won't your wife be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.'

I said, 'That's okay. It's important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up gambling, massages and wine.' 

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