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I want to share a little story with you from my trip to Ireland. It was a dreary day as we traveled, and we were winding up the trip for the day. As we loaded up for the hotel, we noticed a guy standing on the side of the road clutching a black bag. It looked like it was going to let loose with the next torrent of rain. A group of us talked our tour guide into giving the poor guy a ride. Now this wasn’t something that the tour company did because of the obvious safety reasons, but for some reason we did it.

The guy sat there in silence, not saying a word. Harry, our tour guide, trying to be sociable asked him what was in his bag. “None of your business,” he muttered. He then proceeded to utter some of the most obscene and vulgar expletives that you could imagine in English and Irish. I hope you will understand if I don’t repeat them.

Now our bus driver, Tony, was a mountain of a man. He had arms like tree trunks. He was a very quiet fellow, but something seemed to give way. “Now you see here fellow. We were just trying to be sociable. There is no need for that kind of language in this company. Harry just asked you a polite question, and there was no reason for talk like that. After we are doing you a favor here, and all we would like to know is what is in your black bag.” Said Tony.

“Mind your own business!” said that man and again he issued a string of vulgarities that would make a sailor blush.

Harry said later that he had never seen Tony angry or given to any kind of violence whatsoever. But immediately Tony screeched the bus to a halt, got up and grabbed the poor guy by the scruff of the neck, dragged him off the bus, and tossed him in the grass to the side of the road. Tony got back in the bus and we drove the rest of the way in complete silence.

As we exited the bus someone noticed that the man had left the precious black bag. It was really very tragic, as we had no way to get the bag to him; he wasn’t there when Tony went back.

OK. Let’s take a look at the passage...

What’s that? You ask, “What was in the black bag?” MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!!

There is always one who just can’t help themselves; you just gotta know. You can’t stand the curiosity. Although greed is far different, I think perhaps the mental state is much the same. You just gotta have more.

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