This is a story about Joe’s boat.
Now Joe kept pretty much to himself and he owned an old dilapidated boat.
His identical twin brother John lived on the other side of town, but unlike Joe, John wasn’t a loner, he was married. The two brothers hadn’t seen much of each other in a few years.
One day, Joe rented out his boat to a group of tourists from out of state, who weren’t very experienced on the water, and it’s not surprising that they ended up sinking the boat.
Joe spent all day trying to salvage as much stuff as he could from the boat, and was out of touch all that day and most of the evening.
Unbeknown to him, his brother John’s wife died suddenly that day.
When Joe got back to shore, he went into town to pick up a few things at the grocery store.
A kind old woman in the store mistakenly thought that he was John and said to him: “I’m so sorry for your loss. You must feel terrible.”
Joe, thinking she was talking about his boat said: “Hell no! Fact is I’m sort of glad to be rid of her.
The old woman looked surprised, but Joe continued.
“She was a rotten old thing from the beginning. Her bottom was all shriveled up and she smelled like old dead fish. She was always holding water. She had a bad crack in the back and a pretty big hole in the front too. Every time I used her, her hole got bigger and she leaked like crazy. I guess what finally finished her off was when I rented her to those four guys looking for a good time. I warned them that she wasn’t very good and smelled bad. But they wanted her anyway. The damn fools tried to get in her all at one time and she split right up the middle…….”
The old woman fainted.
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