Thursday, July 19, 2007

Cold Winter

IT WAS ALREADY LATE FALL AND THE INDIANS ON A REMOTE RESERVATION INSOUTH DAKOTA ASKED THEIR NEW CHIEF IF THE COMING WINTER WAS GOING TOBE COLD OR MILD.SINCE HE WAS A CHIEF IN A MODERN SOCIETY HE HAD NEVER BEEN TAUGHT THE OLD SECRETS.



WHEN HE LOOKED AT THE SKY HE COULDN'T TELL WHAT THEWINTER WAS GOING TO BE LIKE.NEVERTHELESS, TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE, HE TOLD HIS TRIBE THAT THEWINTER WAS INDEED GOING TO BE COLD AND THAT THE MEMBERS OF THEVILLAGE SHOULD COLLECT FIREWOOD TO BE PREPARED.



BUT BEING A PRACTICAL LEADER, AFTER SEVERAL DAYS HE GOT AN IDEA. HEWENT TO THE PHONE BOOTH, CALLED THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANDASKED, "IS THE COMING WINTER GOING TO BE COLD?""IT LOOKS LIKE THIS WINTER IS GOING TO BE QUITE COLD,"



THEMETEOROLOGIST AT THE W EATHER SERVICE RESPONDED.SO THE CHIEF WENT BACK TO HIS PEOPLE AND TOLD THEM TO COLLECT EVENMORE FIREWOOD IN ORDER TO BE PREPARED.A WEEK LATER HE CALLED THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AGAIN. "DOES ITSTILL LOOK LIKE IT IS GOING TO BE A VERY COLD WINTER?""YES,"



THE MAN AT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AGAIN REPLIED, "IT'SGOING TO BE A VERY COLD WINTER."THE CHIEF AGAIN WENT BACK TO HIS PEOPLE AND ORDERED THEM TO COLLECTEVERY SCRAP OF FIREWOOD THEY COULD FIND.TWO WEEKS LATER THE CHIEF CALLED THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AGAIN."ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT THE WINTER IS GOING TO BE VERY COLD?"



"ABSOLUTELY," THE MAN REPLIED. "IT'S LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE ITIS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE COLDEST WINTERS WE'VE EVER SEEN."



"HOW CAN YOU BE SO SURE?" THE CHIEF ASKED.



THE WEATHERMAN REPLIED, "THE INDIANS ARE COLLECTING FIREWOOD LIKECRAZY."



Thanks Win S.

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