This is third of Three Quotes in Three Days my friend Brian at Vancouver Visions challenged me to. Please check out his lovely blog. You will love it.
My Sister Phyllis is a champion blunderer. She tries so hard to make her point that she often goes way overboard. A friend was relating a fearsome tale of tangling with a rattlesnake ending with him finally managing to cut the snake’s head off, after nearly being bitten several times. Phyllis was so impressed with the story, she pondered it long after the storyteller finished, finally remarking, “You really have to be careful about the rattlesnake’s head. It’s as dangerous as the rest of it!”
None of us has ever forgotten it, using this phrase when someone states something so obvious it’s ridiculous.
My friend Brian at his excellent blog Vancouver Visions has kindly nominated me to do the Three Quotes in Three Days Challenge. Thank you very much, Brian. Be sure to check his site out. His photography is awe-inspiring. I love the rambles and views of Vancouver he shares. Brian has inspired me to do some good posts in the past, so I hope I don’t let him down.
My family, like most families uses certain quotes, based on our experiences that would be meaningless to outsiders without a lengthy explanation. I think my favorite is, “Now, you have to buy the coffee.”
Many years ago my dad worked with a garrulous fellow named Slim. Slim lied purely for the love of lying, not maliciously, for personal gain, nor to help himself. He’d climb up on the house to tell a lie when he could stand on the ground and tell the truth. After a while, the guys at work had a deal. If one of them repeated a story Slim told, they bought the next round of coffee. One day Slim came rushing by in a big hurry and one of them called out, “Hey, Slim, stop and tell us a lie.”
Without stopping, Slim rushed by them, calling over his shoulder, “I can’t. Joe Marsh fell in stack four and I’m on the way to call an ambulance!”
They all dropped what they were doing to rush over to Stack Four to see if they could help. When they get there, all was quiet. Slim had pulled one on the whole group.
From that time forward, when one of us sites a suspicious source or repeats something that sounds suspect, we warn them they might have to “buy the coffee.”
i challenge any who wants to to accept the three quotes in three days challenge.