Have You Ever Danced?  
 
 

 
 
       
An old prospector shuffled into town leading an old  tired mule. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       
The old man headed straight for the only saloon to  clear his parched throat. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
       
He walked up and tied his old mule to the hitch  rail.  As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his  face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon  with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.


The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, "Hey  old man, have you ever danced?" 

 

 
       
The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said,  "No, I never did dance… never really wanted to."

 
 

       The old prospector –not wanting to get a toe blown  off– started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet.  Everybody was laughing, fit to be tied.
  
 
 
 
 

 
       
The old man turned to his pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled  shotgun, and cocked both hammers. 

 

       The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert  air.

 
 
 
       
The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned  around very slowly.  The silence was almost deafening. 
 

       The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old  timer and the large gaping holes of those twin barrels.
  
 
 
There are a few lessons for us all here


A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said,  "Well, you old fool, you're gonna dance now," and started  shooting at the old man's feet. 

 


When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still  laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon.

 


The crowd stopped laughing immediately. 

 

 The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man's hands, as he  quietly said, "Son, have you ever licked a mule's  ass?"
 

The gunslinger swallowed hard and s aid, "No sir…..  but… I've always wanted to."

 

 
 
Never be arrogant.
Don't waste ammunition.
Whiskey makes you think you're smarter than you are.
Always, always make sure you know who has the power.
Don't mess with old people, they didn't get old by being  stupid.

 
 
 
 
 
 
        

I just love a story with a  happy ending, don't you
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