Wednesday, October 22, 2008

From an email

My wife's grandfather, who lives on a farm of about 200 or so acres in central Michigan, sends us these funny emails every once in a while. He's a character about using the computer and going online and sending emails and stuff, pretty technologically astute for someone who's supposed to be "generationally challenged" when it comes to such things. People always assume that older folks have an idea of how things work and function up to a certain point in their lives and then I guess they're expected to just turn off their ability to assimilate and adapt. I say Hogwash! My mother, who's 20 years my grandfather-in-law's junior, is a similar animal. She always acts like she can't figure stuff out, but mostly I think she does that to either; A)...get a "Stupid Senior Citizen Discount" as she calls it, or B)...get either my brother or me to do it for her, or C)...ignore the decision until it's moot!..."Calculated Neglect"!

Anyway, Grandpa sent this along, and I think you guys will like it...both of you.

Fifty Dollars is FIFTY DOLLARS!

Morris and his wife Esther went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, 'Esther, I'd like to ride in that helicopter.'
Esther always replied, 'I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars.'
One year Esther and Morris went to the fair, and Morris said, 'Esther, I'm 85 years old. If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.'
To this, Esther replied, 'Morris that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars.'
The pilot overheard the couple and said, 'Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say a word, I won't charge you! But if you say one word, it's fifty dollars.'
Morris and Esther agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but still not a word.
When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, 'By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed!'
Morris replied, 'Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Esther fell out, but you know, fifty dollars is fifty dollars!'