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The late great trumpet player Louis Armstrong tells a story about while growing up in Louisiana, having to go down to the pond and getting water for Allie May. He gets down there and is about to scoop the water out of the pond, and all of the sudden coming out of the water are these two huge eyes looking right at him.

He runs to the house and Allie May says, "Where is my water?" And Louis says, "I just couldn’t get it." Allie May asks him "Why not?" And little Louis says, "There’s a huge alligator in the pond and I’m not going near that pond."

She then say, "That old critter has been down there forever, and that old critter is just as afraid of you as you are of him." Louis says, "Ms. Allie May, if that alligator is as afraid of me as I am of him, then that water ain't fit for drinking!"

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