Dud tried to start a conversation, but the loudspeaker soon drove
them outside, where they arrayed themselves on dropped tailgates and
waited to hear what Dud had in mind.
“I thought about it a lot,” Dud said, “and I wondered what the
favorite part of my job was, and wondered if you fellas ever gave
that any thought, too.”
They nodded. Yes, by mutual consent a worthy subject.
“With me,” Dud continued, “it wasn’t so much my job as my hobby.
Writing that book. I’m claiming it as the best part of my job,
The assembled were still waiting to read “Murder in the Soggy
Bottoms,” as it had yet to see print, and was really a work in
“Of course I’m retired now,” said Bert, “but when I was running the
pawn shop, my favorite part of the job happened when a customer
found something in there he really needed and ended up paying much
less for it than he thought he’d have to.”
“And you made more on it than you thought you would, too,” said Doc.
Bert grinned and nodded.
“Yep. That was good too. Dewey?”
“The best part of the fertilizer business,” Dewey said, “is seeing
the difference it makes in the flower gardens around town. Maybe
it’s just my imagination, but I kinda like to take a little credit
for a prettier town.”
“You deserve it, Dewey,” Doc said kindly. “Well, with me it’s a
little different. I have doctoring skills, of course, and it’s good
when I can help someone, but these days the most satisfying part of
my job is to check someone out thoroughly and find there’s
absolutely nothing wrong with them. Now that’s special.”
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They looked at the tall cowboy, Steve.
“Digging postholes,” he said.
“What? That’s your favorite?”
“Sure,” and Steve grinned. “That’s the only job a cowboy ever has
where he can start at the top and work down.”
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