Somebody

Nou Bodi knocked at Sum Wun’s door.

Sum Wun opened the door.

Nou Bodi said, “Hello, excuse me.”

Sum Wun, though somewhat startled, said, “You’re excused,” and shut the door.

Nou Bodi knocked at Sum Wun’s door again.

Sum Wun opened the door again and looked at Nou Bodi suspiciously.

Nou Bodi said, “I think we got off on the wrong foot.”

Sum Wun looked down, saw that Nou Bodi was leaning on his left foot, and said, “Put your weight on right foot, problem solved,” and shut the door.

Nou Bodi knocked a third time on Sum Wun’s door.

Sum Wun opened the door a third time.

Nou Bodi said, “I want to sell you life insurance policy.”

Sum Wun replied, “You better keep it. Your wife is going to need it very soon.”

Nou Bodi said, “No. I am not selling my policy.”

Sum Wun said, “You’re damn right.” And shut the door.

Nou Bodi never gave up; he was patient and persevering. “Each time,” he thought, “I have made slight progress.”

Nou Bodi knocked once again on Sum Wun’s door.

A pitcher-ful of water descended on Nou Bodi from the second story window.

Sum Wun looked down and said, “Sorry, I though nobody was there.”

Nou Bodi jumped and shouted, “You were right! Nou Bodi IS here!

Sum Wun shook his head sadly and said, “Somebody has knocked you crazy.”

Nou Bodi said, “You know my brother, Sum Bodi?”

Sum Wun said, “I don’t know anybody in your family.”

Nou Bodi said, “Oh, so you don’t know Ani Body, either. Then how how do you know Ani Bodi’s name?”

Sum Wun said, “I ask, they tell.” What is your name?”

Nou Bodi said, “I’m Nou Bodi.”

Sum Wun said, I think we have already established that.” And he shut the window.

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