Langston’s Laughs


A man stopped at a local gas station to fill his car up with gas. Afterward he was standing by his car drinking a Pepsi and watching a couple of men working beside the road. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on down the road about 25 feet and repeat the process. The other man came along behind him and was filling in the hole while the other man was digging the next one. The guy with the Pepsi watched this confusing sight for a while until he couldn’t take it any longer. “Hold it, hold it,” the man said to the two workers. “Can you tell me what’s going on here with this digging and filling in the hole with the same dirt?”

“Well, we work for the county government,” one of the workers said. “But one of you is digging a hole and the other one is coming along behind him and filling the hole back in. You’re not accomplishing anything. Aren’t you wasting the county’s money?” “You don’t understand, mister,” one of the workers said, leaning on his shovel and wiping the sweat off his brow. Normally there’s three of us working together, me and Joe and Mike. I dig the holes, Joe sticks the trees in the hole and Mike here puts the dirt back in around it.” “Yea,” said Mike. “Now just because Joe is out sick, that doesn’t mean we can’t keep on working, does it?”