Huang Chan was a very rich man who was deliberately tough on his farmhand, Wong. Huang Chan gave Wong a bottle and said, ‘Buy me a bottle of wine.’ Wong, the poor farmhand enquired, ‘How can I buy you wine with no money at all?’ Huang Chan replied disdainfully, ‘Anyone can buy wine with money. It takes real skill to buy wine without money.’
Time elapsed and Wong eventually returned with the empty bottle. He handed the bottle to Huang Chan and murmured, ‘Enjoy the wine, please.’
Staring at the empty bottle with some dismay, Huang asked, ‘There is no wine, how can I enjoy this?’ Wong replied to Huang Chan, with a straight face, ‘Anyone can enjoy wine if there is some but it takes real skill to enjoy wine when there is none.’
(Not sure that this would be a skill I would seek to develop. Ed)
I recently went to my new doctor. After two visits and exhaustive tests, he said I was doing ‘fairly well’ for my age.
I was a bit worried what he meant by that, so I asked him, “Do you think I’ll live to be eighty, Doc?” He looked at me and asked me, “Do you smoke or drink beer or wine?” I said, “No, nothing like that. And I don’t do drugs either.”
He looked at me again and asked me, “Okay, do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?” I said, “No, my old doctor told me that all red meat is very unhealthy.” He looked at me again and asked me, “Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, sailing, hiking, or bicycling?” I replied, “No, nothing like that.”
He looked at me again and asked me, “And do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?” I said, “No, nothing like that, Doc.” He looked at me again and said, “Then why do you even care?”
It is not unusual for many of our friends, who are still working, to ask Pat and me what we do with our time now that we are retired.
Just as an example, the other day we went into town to do a little shopping. When we came out of the store there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and I said “Come on Mate, give a senior citizen a break”
He ignored us and continued to write out the ticket. I called him an a***hole. He glared at me then started writing another ticket for having worn tyres. So Pat called him a s***head. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first one.
Then he started writing more tickets. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him the more tickets he wrote. Just then our bus arrived and we got on and went home. We weren’t too concerned about the vehicle’s owner because of the sticker on the back window “I support the Greens”
We try to have a little fun each day now that we are retired. It’s important at our age.
A quote provided to me this week with the threat that I wouldn’t dare include it. Still, I do like to attribute ownership for comments to the appropriate source Anne.
“ the opening of a champagne bottle should sound like the sigh of a satisfied woman.”
And a few more quotes for good measure;
“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” ~ Frank Sinatra
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
“When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.” – Henry Youngman
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.