The commanding officer was furious when nine GIs who had been out on
passes failed to show up for morning roll call.
Not until 7 p.m. did the first man straggle in.
"I'm sorry, sir," the soldier explained, "but I had a date and lost track of
time, and Imissed the bus back. Being determined to get in on time, I hired
a cab. Halfway here, the cab broke down. I went to a farmhouse and persuaded
the farmer to sell me a horse. I was riding to camp when the animal fell dead.
I walked the last ten miles, and just got here."
Though skeptical,the colonel let the young man off with a reprimand. However,
after him, seven other stragglers in a row came in with the same story--had a
date, missed the bus, hired a cab, bought a horse, etc. By the time the ninth
man reported in, the colonel had grown weary of it.
"Okay," he growled, "now what happened to YOU?"
"Sir, I had this date and missed the bus back, so I hired a cab..." "Wait!" the
colonel screeched at him. "Don't tell me the cab broke down."
"No, sir," replied the soldier. "The cab didn't break down. It was just that there
were so many dead horses in the road, we had trouble getting through."
Feb 13, '04
snicker snicker snicker....