AN OLD WOMAN PROSPECTOR SHUFFLED INTO TOWN LEADING A TIRED
OLD MULE. THE OLD WOMAN HEADED STRAIGHT FOR THE ONLY SALOON TO CLEAR HER
PARCHED THROAT.

SHE WALKED UP AND TIED HER OLD MULE TO THE HITCHING RAIL. AS SHE
STOOD THERE, BRUSHING SOME OF THE DUST FROM HER FACE AND CLOTHES, A YOUNG
GUNSLINGER STEPPED OUT OF THE SALOON WITH A GUN IN ONE HAND AND A BOTTLE OF
WHISKEY IN THE OTHER.THE YOUNG GUNSLINGER LOOKED AT THE
OLD WOMAN AND LAUGHED, SAYING, "HEY OLD WOMAN, HAVE YOU EVER
DANCED?"THE OLD WOMAN LOOKED UP AT THE
GUNSLINGER AND SAID, "NO, I NEVER DID DANCE.. NEVER REALLY WANTED
TO."A CROWD HAD GATHERED AS THE GUNSLINGER GRINNED AND SAID, "WELL,
YOU OLD BAG, YOU'RE GONNA DANCE NOW," AND STARTED SHOOTING AT THE OLD WOMAN'S
FEET.THE OLD WOMAN PROSPECTOR - NOT WANTING TO GET HER TOE BLOWN
OFFSTARTED HOPPING AROUND. EVERYBODY WAS LAUGHING.WHEN HIS
LAST BULLET HAD BEEN FIRED, THE YOUNG GUNSLINGER, STILL LAUGHING, HOLSTERED HIS
GUN AND TURNED AROUND TO GO BACK INTO THE SALOON.THE OLD
WOMAN TURNED TO HER PACK MULE, PULLED OUT A DOUBLE-BARRELED SHOTGUN, AND COCKED
BOTH HAMMERS.THE LOUD CLICKS CARRIED CLEARLY
THROUGH THE DESERT AIR. THE CROWD STOPPED LAUGHING IMMEDIATELY.THE
YOUNG GUNSLINGER HEARD THE SOUNDS TOO, AND HE TURNED AROUND VERY SLOWLY. THE
SILENCE WAS ALMOST DEAFENING.THE CROWD WATCHED AS THE YOUNG
GUNMAN STARED AT THE OLD WOMAN AND THE LARGE GAPING HOLES OF THOSE TWIN
BARRELS.THE BARRELS OF THE SHOTGUN NEVER
WAVERED IN THE OLD WOMAN'S HANDS, AS SHE QUIETLY SAID, "SON, HAVE YOU EVER LICKED A MULE'S ASS?"THE GUNSLINGER SWALLOWED HARD AND
SAID, "NO MAMM... BUT... I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO."

THERE ARE A FEW LESSONS FOR
US ALL HERE:1 -
NEVER BE ARROGANT.2
- Don't waste ammunition.3 - Whiskey makes you think you're smarter than you
are.4 - Always,
always make sure you know who has the power.5 - Don't mess with old women; they
didn't get old by being stupid...