Fifty Bucks!

Ed and his wife Norma faithfully go to the state fair every year, and every year Ed would plead, “Norma, I’d like to ride in that helicopter.”<>

Frugal Norma would always sternly reply, “I know Ed, but that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks!”<>

After years and years of failed attempts, one year Ed and Norma went to the fair, and an exasperated Ed begged, “Norma, I’m 78 years old. If I don’t ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.”<>

To this, unflappable Norma, with hands on hips replied, “Ed, that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks.”<>

The pilot overheard the couple and said, “Folks I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don’t say a word I won’t charge you a penny!<>

But if you say one word it’s fifty dollars.”<>

Ed and Norma looked at one another with a nod of final agreement and a big smile on their faces up they went.<>

The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard.<>

He did his daredevil tricks over and over again.<>

But still not a word…<>

When they landed, the pilot turned to Ed and said, “By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn’t. I’m impressed!”<>

Ed sheepishly replied, “Well, to tell you the truth I almost said something when Norma fell out, but you know, Fifty Bucks is Fifty Bucks!”<>

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