The Story of Joe
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 96 11:04:42 -0800
Subject: The Story of Joe
Forwarded-by: chuck@NYC.Thinkbank.COM (Chuck Ocheret)
Forwarded-by: Michael Pratt <PRATTM@pfizer.com>
Joe was moderately successful in his career, but as he got older he was
increasingly hampered by incredible headaches. When his personal hygiene
and love life started
o suffer, he sought medical help. After being
referred from one specialist to another, he finally came across a doctor
who solved the problem. "The good news is I can cure your headaches. . ."
"The bad news is that it will require castration. You have a very rare
condition which causes your testicles to press up against the base of your
spine. The pressure creates one hell of a headache. The only way I know
to relieve the pressure is to remove the testicles."
Joe was shocked and depressed. He wondered if he has anything to live for.
He couldn't concentrate long enough to answer, but decided he had no choice
but to go under the knife.
When he left the hospital, his mind was clear, but he felt like he was
missing an important part of himself. Still, as he walked down the street,
he realized that he felt like a different person. He could make a new
beginning and live a new life.
He walked past a men's clothing store and thought, "That's what I need: a
new suit." He entered the shop and told the salesman, "I'd like a new suit."
The salesman eyed him briefly and said, "Let's see . . .size 44 long."
Joe laughed, "That's right, how did you know?"
"It's my job."
Joe tried on the suit. It fit perfectly. As Joe admired himself in the
mirror, the salesman asked, "How about a new shirt?"
Joe thought for a moment and then said, "Sure . . ."
The salesman eyed Joe and said, "Let's see. . .34 sleeve and . . . 16 and
a half neck"
Joe was surprised, "That's right, how did you know?"
"It's my job."
Joe tried on the shirt, and it fit perfectly. As Joe adjusted the collar in
the mirror, the salesman asked, "How about new shoes?"
Joe was on a roll and said, "Sure . . ."
The salesman eyed Joe's feet and said, "Let's see. . .9 and a half. . .
Joe was astonished, tried on the shoes and they fit perfectly. Joe walked
comfortably around the shop and the salesman asked, "How about a new hat?"
Without hesitating, Joe said, "Sure . . "
The salesman eyed Joe's head and said, "Let's see. . .7 5/8."
Joe was incredulous, "That's right, how did you know?"
"It's my job."
The hat fit perfectly. Joe was feeling great, when the salesman asked, "How
about some new underwear?"
Joe thought for a second and said, "Sure . . "
The salesman stepped back, eyed Joe's waist and said, "Let's see. . . size
Joe laughed, "No, I've worn size 34 since I was 18 years old."
The salesman shook his head and said, "No, you can't wear a size 34. It
would press your testicles up against the base of your spine and give you
one hell of a headache."
© 1996 Peter Langston