Ten Minutes Late

Image used under a Collective Commons License from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modoc_people#/media/File:Modoc_Yellow_Hammer.jpgThree golfers, Andy, Tim, and Trevor, are looking for a fourth person to play a round of golf with them.

Andy mentions that his friend George is a pretty good golfer, so they decide to invite him for the following Saturday.

“Sure, I’d love to play”, George says when asked, “but I may be about ten minutes late, so please can you wait for me”.

Saturday rolls around and Andy, Tim and Trevor arrive promptly at 9:00, finding that George is already waiting for them.

He plays right-handed and beats them all.

Quite pleased with their new fourth man, they ask him if he would like to play again the following Saturday.

“Yeah, sounds great”, says George. “But, I may be about ten minutes late, so please can you wait for me”.

The following Saturday, all four golfers again show up on time, but this time George plays left-handed, and again he beats them all.

As they are getting ready to leave, George says, “See you next Saturday. But, I may be about ten minutes late, so wait for me”.

Every week from then on, George is right on time and plays a great round of golf with whichever hand he decides to use.

Every week, he departs with the same message.

After a couple of months, Trevor is pretty tired of this routine, so he says, “Wait a minute, George. Every week you say you may be about ten minutes late, but you are always right on time. Then you beat us either left-handed or right-handed. What’s the story?”

“Well”, George says, “I’m kind of superstitious. When I get up in the morning, I look at my wife. If she is sleeping on her left side, I play left-handed, and if she is on her right side, I play right-handed”.

“So what do you do if she’s sleeping on her back?”, Andy asks.

“Then I’m about ten minutes late!”

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