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Re: Irish Story

In a message dated 04/03/2000 9:41:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time, MHanner 

  An Irishman moves into a tiny hamlet in County Kerry, walks into the pub 
and promptly orders three beers.  The bartender raises his eyebrows, but 
serves the man three beers which he drinks quietly at a table, alone.  An 
hour later, the man has finished the three beers and orders three more. This 
happens yet again.
  The next evening the man again orders and drinks three beers at a time, 
several times.  Soon the entire town is whispering about the Man Who Orders 
Three Beers.  Finally, a week later, the bartender broaches the subject on 
behalf of the town.  "I don't mean to pry, but folks around here are 
wondering why you always order three beers?"
  "Eh, tis odd, isn't it?" the man replies.  "You see, I have two brothers 
and one went to America, the other to Australia.  We promised each other that 
we would always order an extra two beers whenever we drank as a way of 
keeping the family bond."
  The bartender and the whole town was pleased with this answer, and soon the 
Man Who Orders Three Beers became a local celebrity and source of pride to 
the hamlet, even to the extent that out-of-towners would come to watch him 
  Then one day, the man comes in and orders only two beers.  The bartender 
pours them with a heavy heart.  This continues for the rest of the evening: 
he orders only two beers.  The word flies around town.  Prayers are offered 
for the soul of one of the brothers.
  The next day, the bartender says to the man, "Folks around here, me first 
of all, want to offer condolences to you for the death of your brother. You 
know, the two beers and all..."
  The man ponders this for a moment, then replies, "You'll be happy to hear 
that my two brothers are alive and well.  It's just that I, meself,  have 
decided to give up drinking for Lent." >>
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