MPG Posted: Mar 14, 2007 10:21 PM >Ah, the old "accountability" dodge. But what does that >last sentence mean, exactly?
Thank you, Michael, for that fine literary exercise in parsing a phrase that no one has any trouble understanding. You remind me of the following joke:
-------------- Two young medical students on the street were speculating on the medical condition of various passers-by when they happened to spot an elderly man exiting a bar and shuffling along down the street. The old man's slow, unusual gait excited an energetic debate between the two medical students. Unable to agree, they finally resolved to approach the man.
"We are terribly sorry to trouble you," says the one student, "but my friend and I are medical students and we cannot agree on your obvious condition. He says that you have a bad case of hemorrhoids, but I think you have a hernia. Would you settle this debate for us?"
The old man cocks an eye at the young men and says, "Actually, my condition is a recent surprise. Do you know what a surprise is? A surprise is a fart with a lump in it."