Messing With Old Folks Is Not Wise

“A man is what he thinks about all day long.”

Think First Kids

An old prospector shuffled into the town of El  Indio,  Texas leading a tired old mule. The old man  headed straight for the only saloon in town, to clear his  parched throat.

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.

The young gunslinger looked at the old man and  laughed, asking, "Hey old man, can you dance?"

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 loud clicks carried clearly through the desert  air. The crowd stopped laughing  immediately.

The young gunslinger heard the sounds  too, and he turned around very slowly.

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 barrels.

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  ass?"

The gunslinger swallowed hard and  said, "No sir... but...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  really are.
*Always make sure you  know who is in control.
*And finally,  don't screw around with old folks -  they didn't   get old by being  stupid.