Joe the Satirist
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Copyright 2013 William Hrdina
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When I was but a boy, I met a man who was to form the most fundamental of my understandings of this or any world. I don’t believe any actor in this story endeavored to bring me this understanding, but it was my fortunate wit to find the lesson buried therein- even if I was the only person to see it. I would lament at this fact, but I am afraid one learned lesson reveals more illumination than you can find on a typical day in my fair borough (The name of which- by the by- is Hamptonville).
This man, who I met in Bartley’s Saloon by happenstance and the vagaries of fate, was known most commonly as Funnyman Joe. Or so he claimed. Judging by the wildness of the tale he wound round me- for most of the telling I wasn’t sure if I bore witness to the sheerest terror or the fullest extent of bullshit I’d ever heard.
When I entered Bartley’s Saloon that momentous day, I was simply coming by to pick up a cask of wine for my mother, who was entertaining some of her lady friends later on that evening. I think they planned to play cards, but I wasn’t sure- being too preoccupied with thoughts of the upcoming frog jumping competition. I had a particular frog who I thought had a real shot at winning the cup presuming no one fed it buckshot to weigh it down.