|Texan was walking through the Chihuahuan
desert, desperate for water, when he saw something, far off in the
distance. Hoping to find water, he walked towards the image, only to
find a little old man sitting at a card table with a bunch of neckties
laid out on it.
The Texan asked "Please, I'm dying of thirst, can I have some
The man replied "I don't have any water, but why don't you buy a
tie? Here's one that goes nicely with your shirt."
The Texan shouted, "I don't want a tie, you idiot, I need
"OK, don't buy a tie. But to show you what a nice guy I am, I'll
tell you that over that hill there, about 4 miles, is a nice restaurant.
Walk that way, they'll give you all the water you want."
The Texan thanked him and walked away towards the hill and eventually
Three hours later the Texan came crawling back to where the man was
sitting behind his card table.
The little old man said "I told you, about 4 miles over that hill.
Couldn't you find it?"
The Texan rasped "I found it alright. They wouldn't let me in
without a tie."