Store (Feb 24 2009) ------------------------------------------------- In the middle of the afternoon storm, a man came into my store wanting cigarettes. “This is a smoke-free town,” I said. “We don't have cigarettes.” So, he asked for some beef jerky. “Meat-free town too. We're all vegetarians.” “Beer?” “No alcohol at all,” I said. “We're a dry county.” Everything he asked for, we'd given up or made illegal. “Is there anything for sale here?” he asked. I was about to answer him, but by then the sheriff had arrived. The silent alarm under the counter worked beautifully. The man left, grumbling angrily. The sheriff arrested him for swearing. ------------------------------------------------- © 2005-2019 Laurence Simon