Uncle Sal stood next to the barrier separating the sidewalk from the road crew and zipped his beige Members Only jacket against the wind. After zipping up, he pressed his cornflower blue robe against his legs to prevent exposing himself to everyone on the street.
Something green fluttered and landed at Uncle Sal's feet. His friend Blaine immediately stepped on it to prevent it from blowing away, then picked it up and showed it to Sal.
"Will you look at that? How lucky am I?"
Sal looked and said, "Pretty darn lucky, I'd say. I never seen a hunnerd dollar bill floatin' around like that. Biggest I ever found was a fiver."
"I know! Amazing, right? I mean, a hundred dollar bill just dropping from somewhere? What are the odds?"
Blaine opened his wallet and was just about to place the bill behind his BPOE (Brotherhood of Purple Onion Eaters) membership card, when a gust of wind plucked it from his fingertips and blew it onto the street. Sal and Blaine watched as the bill tumbled into a pothole. Before he could say anything, the road crew threw hot blacktop onto the hole and the steamroller made the bill a part of the road.
"Awwwwww crud! Do you believe that? A flipping hundred dollar bill floats out of the sky and I can't even get it into my wallet before it's gone forever. It couldn't land at the curb or near a car tire. It had to go right into the next pothole to be paved. And since when do these Department of Transportation guys ever do any work?"
"Well, ain't no use crying over it. A Benny paved is a Benny burned."
This episode featured:
Virgil Henry as Uncle Sal
Moe P. Sadsach as Blaine
Jellybean Merengue as the Members Only Jacket
Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "Once I was the King of Spain."
[25 September 2007]