Just a Few More Days
"What is wrong with you, Gage?"
"Uh...Mike's getting ready to take down the tree."
"Well, I was just thinking that maybe we could leave the tree up a few more days."
"Why? Christmas was over a week ago."
"Well, I think it'd be a waste, yeah, a waste."
"What on Earth are you babbling about?"
"The tree. It's still fresh and it'd be a shame to throw it out while it's still looking good."
"Are you crazy?! That tree is a fire hazard."
"No, Gage. That tree is coming down before we don't pass our own fire inspection."
"That's not funny."
"What? You were mumbling."
"Uh, good one, Cap."
"Well with that settled, Mike can go ahead and undecorate."
"But, Cap. We can't undecorate the tree. We just can't. My life may depend on it."
"John, what is going on? How can taking down the tree be life threatening?"
"Hey, come on, Pal, what is it?"
"Can't we just leave it up until January 6th? That's just five more days. We don't have to burn the lights."
"Please, Cap, please. I'm begging you."
"Not until you tell me how taking down the Christmas tree puts you in a life threatening situation."
"You won't laugh?"
"No, I won't laugh. Now what is it?"
"Well, you know that for some reason trouble seems to always to pick on me."
"That's an understatement."
"Sorry, go ahead."
"Well, I was reading the other day that it was bad luck to take down a Christmas tree before January 6th, so see?"
"Uh, no, not really. Help me out here, Pal."
"Every year I always take down my tree right after New Year's and we do here at the station also. See the pattern?
"No, can't say as I do."
"The pattern being, the trees come down before the good luck time and bad luck befalls upon me. Think about it. The monkey virus, rattle snake bite, an explosion that I end up in the hospital with a broken leg and had to miss Dixie's birthday party and just lately getting hit by a car. Man."
"Yeah, I see what you mean."
"Well, first I want you to know I don't believe in good luck or bad luck but...."
"I don't think it'll hurt to leave the tree up a little while longer."
"Really? Gee thanks, Cap."
"No problem. I hope this will easy your mind.
"Man, you don't know how much."
"Well leave it up until January 7th just to be on the safe side."
"Cap, I thought you didn't believe in luck?"
"I figure with you being the trouble magnet that you are, one extra day couldn't hurt."
"You're welcome, Pal."
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