Some words from the wise to help you get the New Year started right!
An old prospector shuffled into an Arizona mining town leading his tired pack mule behind him. He headed straight for the saloon to soothe his parched throat, walked up to the bar steps and tied his old mule to the hitch rail.
As he stood there, brushing the dust from his clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a half empty bottle of whiskey in the other. He looked at the miner and said...
"Hey old man, have you ever danced?"
"No, I never did ", said the miner. "Never really wanted to."
"Well, you're going to dance now", said the gunslinger and started shooting at the miner's feet.
The old man, not wanting to get a toe blown off, stared hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet. The crowd was laughing and the young gunslinger, out of bullets, turned to go back into the saloon.
The old miner walked to his pack mule, pulled out a double barreled shotgun and cocked both hammers. The loud clicks could be heard clearly in the desert air. All the laughing stopped. The gunslinger faced the miner and dropped the whiskey.
The silence was deafening.
The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man's hands as he said,
"Son, have you ever wanted to kiss a mule's ass?"
The gunslinger swallowed hard and answered, "No sir....but I've always wanted to."
There are a few lessons here, that should serve everyone well in the New Year.
Never be arrogant.
Don't waste ammunition.
Whiskey makes you think you are smarter than you are.
Always, always make sure you know who has the power.
Don't mess with old folks. They didn't get old by being stupid.