NOVEMBER 1, 2003
THE COUNTRY CORNER
150,000 Mexicans die and over a million are injured. The country is totally ruined and the government doesn't know where to start with the rebuilding of their country. The rest of the world is in shock.
Canada sends troopers to help the Mexican army control the riots.
The European community sends food and money.
The United States, not to be outdone, sends 150,000 replacement Mexicans.
God Bless America!
Four retired guys are walking down a street in Chicago. Then they turn a corner and see a sign that says "Old Timer's Bar " " ALL DRINKS 10 CENTS ". They look at each other, then go in.
The old bartender says in a voice that carries across the room, "Come on in and let me pour one for you, what'll it be, Gentlemen?"
There seems to be a fully stocked bar, so the men all ask for a martini.
In short order, the bartender serves up 4 iced martinis -- and says, "That'll be 10 cents each, please."
They can't believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another round.
Again, four excellent martinis are produced with the bartender again saying, "That's 40 more cents, please."
They pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity is more than they can stand. They've each had two martinis and so far they've spent less than a dollar.
Finally one of the men couldn't stand it any longer and asks the bartender "How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime apiece?"
"Here's my story. I'm a retired tailor from Brooklyn, and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the lottery for $25 million and decided to open this place. Every drink costs a dime, wine, liquor, beer, all the same."
"Wow. That's quite a story" says one of the men.
The four of them sipped at their martinis and couldn't help but notice three other guys at the end of the bar who didn't have a drink in front of them, and hadn't ordered anything the whole time they were there.
One man gestures at the three at the end of the bar without drinks and asks the bartender, "What's with them?" The bartender says,
"They're seniors from Florida, they're waiting for happy hour."
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