Sunday, July 19, 2009

First Rule of Acquisition:

Never pay more for anything than it's actually worth.

Once upon a time a rich young ruler was riding across the countryside to join the fox hunt.
He rode up to a farmer who was tilling the corner of his field to ask if he had seen the other hunters, and the farmer informed that he had, then complimented the ruler on the quality of his outfit. "If you don't mind my asking Sire, how much was the horse and tack?"
"Two thousand pounds." Beamed his lord proudly.
"And the fowling piece?"
The ruler hefted the hand-crafted, Italian-made double-gun and replied "Five hundred."
"Your outfit and cap?"
"The same."
"And what did those wonderful dogs run you?"
"Two hundred each," The ruler sneered. "What do you care!?"
"Just one more question if I may...What's a fox pelt bring these days?"
The ruler mused, half snickered. "Seventy-five pence."
"I see." Smiled the farmer and returned to his work. "Good day Sire, and good luck!"
His lord rode away a bit bewildered, suddenly wondering why he wanted to join the hunt in the first place.

George Washington said "Sacrifice not thy liberty for thy luxury", but that advice seems wasted on today's American, especially the likes of Joe Biden who insist we can spend our way out of debt. I really like shiny new pennies, but you'll never find me trading a c-note for one.

"What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul (Gee, Who said that)?"

3 comments:

Master Doh-San said...

"A fool and his money are welcome everywhere." :-)

Ted Amadeus said...

Forgot to say, that I sure as hell ain't gonna go out and BORROW the hundred bucks from my enemies to buy that new, shiny penny!!!

Master Doh-San said...

Well, then. There's obviously no career for you in government. ;-)