The new physical fitness
club was advertising for people who could represent them on an international
expansion tour. Ads were placed in major newspapers across the country,
and one came to Pa's attention.
He studied it carefully:
"We're looking for
five men in peak physical condition. Must be able to speak Spanish,
French, Chinese, or Japanese. Must be knowledgeable about weights,
aerobics, and at least two major sports."
The next day Pa appeared at
the office of the new club. Being a man of over 70 and just a wee bit
short for his weight, the muscle-bound type behind the desk was a little
surprised when Pa announced,
"I'm here about the
The club employee pondered
the situation, but decided to be polite. "Do you speak Spanish or
French?" said he.
"Nope" was the
response to both questions.
"Know anything about
weights or aerobic exercises?"
"I wouldn't be caught
dead with either," replied Pa.
"I ain't played
anything more taxing than checkers. in fact, my life wouldn't be greatly
impoverished had most sports never been invented."
"I see," said the
muscle-type. "Tell me something, buddy, why did you come
Pa's reply was quick and
"To tell you to count
me out ..."