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Old Country Preacher

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Old Country Preacher

An old country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the
boy should give some thought to choosing a profession.

Like many young men, the boy didn't really know what he wanted to do,
and he didn't seem too concerned about it.

One day, while the boy was away at school, his father decided to try an

He went into the boy's room and placed on his study table four objects:
      - a Bible,
      - a silver dollar,
      - a bottle of whisky and,
      - a Playboy magazine

'I'll just hide behind the door,' the old Preacher said to himself,
'when he comes home from school this afternoon, I'll see which object he
picks up.'

If it's the Bible, he's going to be a preacher like me, and what a
blessing that would be!

If he picks up the dollar, he's going to be a businessman, and that
would be okay, too.

But if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a no-good drunkard, and,
Lord, what a shame that would be.

And worst of all, if he picks up that magazine he's gonna be a
skirt-chasin' bum.'

The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's footsteps.

The boy entered the house whistling and headed for his room.  He tossed
his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the
objects on the table.  With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to
inspect them.

Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm.  He picked
up the silver dollar and dropped it into his pocket.  He uncorked the
bottle and took a big drink while he admired this month's centerfold.

'Lord have mercy,' the old preacher whispered with disgust, 'he's gonna
run for Congress!'

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