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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 14:34:53 -0500 (EST)
From: John Heel
Subject: BLAGUES-L: Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 12:43:42 -0500
From: René Routhier

Being in the Right Place at the Right Time:

A dad walks into a market followed by his ten-year-old son.  The kid is
spinning a 25 cent piece in the air and catching it between his teeth.  As
they walk through the market someone bumps into the boy at just the wrong
moment and the coin goes straight into his mouth and lodges in his throat. 
He immediately starts choking and going blue in the face and Dad starts
panicking, shouting and screaming for help.

A middle-aged, fairly un-noticeable man in a grey suit is sitting at a
coffee bar in the market reading his newspaper and sipping a cup of

At the sound of the commotion he looks up, puts his coffee cup down on the
saucer, neatly folds his newspaper and places it on the counter.  He gets
up from his seat and makes his unhurried way across the market.  Reaching
the boy (who is still standing, but only just) the man carefully takes
hold of the kid's balls and squeezes gently but firmly.  After a few
seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up the 25 cent piece, which
the man catches in his free hand.  Releasing the boy, the man hands the
coin to the father and walks back to his seat in the coffee bar without
saying a word. 

As soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no lasting ill-effects,
the father rushes over to the man and starts thanking him.  The man looks
embarrassed and brushes off the father's thanks.  As he's about to leave,
the father asks one last question: "I've never seen anybody do anything
like that before - it was fantastic - what are you, a surgeon or something
like that?" "Oh, good heavens no" the man replies "I work for Revenue

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