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Old May 22nd, 2001, 01:49 PM   #146
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Yep ((((((Moonbeam)))))) I got the word on Pat and Jane's engaging, but he must be home by now... if all is well. I got a BIG HUG last night from you while I was making dinner. <G> Thanks, hon.

((((((((Lou)))))))))) Are you teaching this Spring/Summer or can you take some time off? HINT: SIGN UP FOR WOW!!!!! <G> Sorry... couldn't resist.

(((((((Serene)))))))) Not tomorrow... in 90 minutes. We gotta have supper first, though. Marks & Spencer pasta. We went to Southport today... it was SO romantic. I had a great time. The seaside rocks. /me brought rock home, too.

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My uncle John was in the fertilized egg business
when I was young. He had several hundred young
layers, called pullets, and 8 or 10 roosters
whose job was to fertilize the eggs. My uncle
kept records and any rooster or pullet that
didn't perform well went into the pot and was

Now this took an awful lot of time. So when my
uncle saw a set of eight tiny bells that each
rang a different tone he promptly bought them. He
glued a piece of foam rubber to each clapper
shaft so the bell wouldn't ring except when
violently shaken.

He hung a bell on each rooster's neck and went
and mixed a MintJulep. Now he could sit on the
porch and sip while filling out an efficiency
report on the roosters by listening to the
different tones of the bells and marking down
each encounter.

My uncle's favorite rooster was old Brewster. A
very fine specimen he was, but his bell had not
rung all morning. Uncle John went to investigate.

Several roosters were chasing pullets, bells
a-ringing. Brewster had his bell in his beak so
it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do
his job and walk on to the next one.

Uncle was so proud of Brewster he entered him in
the county fair. Brewster was an overnight

They not only awarded him the No Bell Prize but
also the Pullet Surprise.
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