Dear Jon,

Now your response reminded me of a Russian joke. All right, it’s not really a joke but rather an anecdote that demonstrates the way that a Russian mind works.

A small traveling carnival came to a town. There were a usual menagerie of tents, freaks & beautiful women, strong men & clowns, rides & contests, etc. But there was also one tiny tent, and that one had the biggest line. People lined up, came in, jumped out, gave a thumbs up & went away. There was no sign above the flap opening, it was all mysterious & all were curious.

But all it contained inside was one person, who would kick you in the ass as you entered & forced you to jump out. Since no one wanted to be the ONLY one kicked in the ass, they all gave a thumbs up, & went on their way.

Sounds like the rosemary sparking water. However, you are a good enough person to warn me! Thank you. I hear you, & I promise, I shall not enter that particular ⛺️ tent. 🤡

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