OK. I am assuming that you have read post 171 by now. If not, please do so. I'll wait right here until you get back. I'll tell a joke to the rest of the readers while you stragglers are off reading the previous post.
A man is crawling through the desert, dying of thirst. He hasn't had any liquids in two days. He has had to do unspeakable things in order to remain alive. As he crawls along, inch by painful inch, he chances upon a guy selling ties.
"Would you like to buy a tie?"
"A tie? No! I need water, stat! I can't hold on much longer!", the first man managed to croak out.
"Water? No problem! Just over that sand dune, and the one beyond that, is a restaurant serving the best food and beverages in the entire desert. Should be there in an hour, tops".
The dying man prayed he could make it. Summoning every last bit of his energy, he crawled, delirious from thirst, half-crazed from the heat, over the next sand dunes, leaving the tie salesman behind.
An hour passed. Then two. Finally, the man crawled back to the tie salesman. Nearly dead by now, he croaked, "They won't let me in without a tie!"
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All right, then.
I would very much appreciate your feedback on the speech, the one in post #171. If you can offer any pearls of wisdom, any areas for improvement, send them along. I promise to read and consider all feedback, both positive and negative.