An old prospector shuffled into the town.
He walked up to the saloon 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.
gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, "Hey old man, can you
The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, "No son, I
don't dance... never really wanted to"
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.
The old prospector, not wanting
to get a toe blown off, started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet.
Everybody standing around was laughing.
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 old man turned to his pack mule,
pulled out a double-barreled 12 gauge shotgun and cocked both hammers.
The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned around very
The silence was deafening. The crowd watched as the young gunman
stared at the old timer and the large gaping holes of those twin 12 gauge
The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man's
hands, as he quietly said;
"Son, have you ever kissed a mule's
The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, "No sir... but... I've
always wanted to"
There are a few lessons for all of us here:
*Don't be arrogant.
*Don't waste ammunition.
*Whiskey makes you
think you're smarter than you are.
*Always make sure you know who is in
*And finally, Don't screw around with old folks; they didn't get
old by being stupid!