Wednesday, March 30, 2016


The difference between Andy of Mayberry and Andy of Memphis--

Mayberry  Andy:  What are you doin', Barney?
Barney:  I'm friskin' him for weapons!
Andy:  Now, Barn, you don't have to do that.  You know there ain't nobody around here with guns.

Memphis  Andy:  What are you doin', Barney?
Barney:  I'm friskin' him for weapons!
Andy:  Now, Barn, you don't have to do that.  You know that everybody around here has guns.

Sunday, March 27, 2016


After drinking while texting, "Having wonderful time--wish you were her," a guy was able to calm his girlfriend down enough to resume their relationship.  But, alas, he started drinking and texting again.  Shortly and sweetly he burst, "Let's part!!"

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Father:  Can you name the positions on a basketball team?
Son:  Uh, huh--there's two gods, a sinner, and two frauds.


Little LDS (Mormon) youngster:  Mommy, what's that?
Mom:  Oh, that's a strip club, honey.
Youngster:  What's a strip club?
Mom:  It's where ladies take off their clothes, and, well, one thing can lead to another . . .
Youngster:  Like baptisms?

Monday, March 7, 2016


True story:  My friend and I are casino dealers.  He, especially, deals craps/dice quite often.  For those not highly acquainted with the game, bets are made and the dice rolls determine whether they win, lose, or simply remain for future rolls.  At times certain bets are allowed to be "off," meaning they can't win or lose on that particular roll.  Examples of such bets are "hard ways."  At certain junctures, one of the dealers announces, "Hard ways work unless you call them off."  Translation:  on this dice roll, hard ways can possibly win or lose unless an owner of such a bet yells that his/hers are off--cannot win or lose on that roll.  Why one roll should be any different from any other one for those bets is a mystery in itself to a trained mathematician like me, but that's a discussion for another place and time.

Anyway, my friend properly elicited, "Hard ways work unless you call them off."  Strictly speaking, no response, of course, means they're working.  Only if one doesn't want them to be subject to winning and, especially, to losing, should the player respond at all.  Well, humans--and especially dice players--have their own styles; and, as we all know, the customer is always right--not to mention the fact that sometimes it seems at craps if you're not cheating, you're not trying.  That concept also fills pages of casino manuals!  But to continue, one particular player, in a Texas-sounding accent, responded to my friend's standard announcement, "My hard ways are o__."  Again, the fact that the player said anything should have indicated that he wanted his bets not to count.  I wrote his comment in mysterious form because that accent can really help muddle the difference between "off" and "on."  Well, a hard way was rolled.  That guest demanded to be paid.  "You said your hard ways were off, Sir," my friend explained.  "No," the guest insisted, "I said they were on!"

The upshot?  Management paid the guest, but now my friend delineates by repeating with the terms "working" and "not working."  Still, if you want to try to cheat, mumble, "My bets are onf."  Just don't attempt it on my friend anymore!

Oh, there's a built-in kicker here.  Craps players know there is actually a common transaction in the game known as "off and on."  Fortunately, the dealer states and handles that situation; so it shouldn't run into such difficulties as we noted above.