Opinion: Pet Peeves

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Here’s a Joke

By Mark Crantz

A guy decides to join a monastery. “Life is too hectic. I need a change,” he tells the head of the monastery. The monastery head replies, “Glad to have you. But will you agree to take a vow of silence? You only get two words every ten years.” The guy thinks for a minute. “I’ll do it.”

The first 10 years go by. The monastery head asks, “What do you have to say?” The guy answers, “Food bad.”

The second 19 years go by. The monastery head asks, “What do you have to say?” The guy answers, “Bed hard.”

The third 10 years go by. The monastery head asks, “What do you have to say?” The guy answers, “I quit.”

The monastery head says, “I’m not surprised. You’ve done nothing but complain every since you got here.”

…And dear readers I quit, too. I will be taking the vow of silence. I hope you have enjoyed Pet Peeves and all my complaining over these last 10 years. I sure did like telling you.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. It has been delightful to read your Pet Peeves.
    May your silence be golden, dear Mark Crantz
    thank you ~
    Jamila Elliott

  2. I am holding out hope that Mark’s vow of silence is one of his jokes. Pet Peeves is the one Indy column I can count on for delight. If this is truly the end of this town favorite column, then let’s turn Mark Crantz loose to do investigative journalism. He has the right eye and wit for it.

  3. Jamila & Deborah:

    I am calling it quits for now. But thanks for the kind comments. It means a lot to me. It’s life reaffirming to know some folks appreciate my quirky perspective.

    Regards,

    Mark

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