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The Man By the Side of the Road

Sat., May 19, 2007 – Classic Minis drive on roads, particularly curvy ones. There, we have the Mini reference out of the way, so I can share something I ran across today in my old files.

The Man Who Lived By The Side of the Road

He sold hot dogs. He had no radio. He had trouble with his eyes so he had no newspaper. But he sold good hot dogs. He put up a sign on the highway telling how good they were. He stood by the side of the road and cried, “Buy a hot dog,” And the people bought. He increased his meat and bun orders, and he built a bigger stand to take care of his trade.

He got his son home from college to help him. But then something happened. His son said, “Father, haven’t you been listening to the radio? Business is terrible. The international situation is terrible and the domestic situation is even worse.”

Whereupon his father thought, “Well, my son has been to college. He listens to the radio and reads the papers, so he ought to know.”

So, the father of the son cut down his bun order, took down his advertising signs, and no longer bothered to stand on the highway to sell hot dogs. His hot dog sales fell almost overnght.

“You were right, son, said the father. Business is really terrible!”