Most of the charter members of the world dilemma think tank were
already gathered at the philosophy counter and had had two cups of
coffee and solved most of the world’s problems that occurred on page
one of the Valley Weekly Miracle.
Then there was a silence, as they contemplated, silently, who would
bring up the next topic, as everyone knew once the world dilemmas
were sorted out, it came down to more local stuff and they wondered
who would kick off the subject du jour.
It was Steve, the cowboy of the outfit, and he kinda sidled up to
“Had the ax out this morning,” he said.
“Ice on the water troughs, Steve?” Doc asked.
Steve just nodded. “Dulls the blade you know.”
Nods all around.
Dud then picked it up.
“Did you know they got tours to Guatemala this time of year that
just go to see monkeys?”
“Well, I guess you can look at other stuff, like jungle and beaches
and all that, too, but mostly monkeys.”
“What kinda monkeys, Dud?”
“Guatemala monkeys? Heck, I don’t know what kinds they got down
there. Must be a bunch if they’re gonna base a whole trip on ‘em.”
“I want to .,..” said Doc, then shook his head, sadly.
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“Well … I always wanted to go catch a tarpon.
They’ve got a mess of ‘em down there in Guatemala, I think. Big
“Wonder what kinda bait you should use, Doc.”
“Flies of course, Herb,” Doc said. “They got special flies for these
things. Got long noses on them.”
I think someone from Mars could make a fairly accurate guess as to
just how cold it was outside this morning.
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