My father-in-law loves to trade trinkets. Knives, guns, dogs, trucks, it doesn’t matter; he’ll trade on it.
One Summer day he was sitting down at the small gas station-convenience store (like men his age do), when Fae came walking up to join them. Fae knew how much my father-in-law likes to trade, so before he even got up to him, he hollered, “‘Lo, Cliff. What you got to trade today?”
“I ‘haint got nothin’ you can ‘ford.” says Cliff.
“You might try me,” said Fae, “You don’t know what I might buy.”
“Well, I do have an awful nice pocket watch… ‘Hits a real nice ‘un.” he replied.
“Well let me see hit.”
So Cliff let Fae inspect the pocket watch. Fae commented on the weight, and the color, and the size, and the quality, and Cliff reiterated how nice a watch it was, and that being seen with a pocket watch might even in some way help Fae with the lady folkl.
Fae finally said, “I’d like to have that pocket watch, Cliff, I really would, but I can’t see no ways to pay you ’til payday.”
Knowing he had made the sell, Cliff said, “Well, you just pay me when you feel like it.”
Fae got scarce around payday. He didn’t come around all week. Not for two weeks, then almost a full month. Then one day Cliff was driving by the store and saw Fae sitting outside. He pulled in.
After a few minutes of small talk, Cliff said. “You know Fae, I sold you a pocket watch a while back, and you still ‘haint paid me for it.”
Fae answered, “Well, you said I could pay you when I felt like it… and I just ‘ain’t felt like it yet.”
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