Cold Winter

This was sent to me via email from my Robert Nio on Sept. 7, 2001.

A Cold Winter

It was autumn, and the Indians on the remote reservation asked their new 
Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was an Indian 
Chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets, and 
when he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the weather was going to
be.

Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he replied to his tribe that the 
winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village 
should collect wood to be prepared.

But also being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He 
went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, 
"Is the coming winter going to be cold?"

"It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold indeed," the 
Meteorologist at the weather service responded.

So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more 
wood in order to be prepared.

One week later he called the National Weather Service again. "Is it going 
to be a very cold winter?"

"Yes," the man at National Weather Service again replied, "it's going to 
be a very cold winter."

The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every 
scrap of wood they could find.

Two weeks later he called the National Weather Service again. "Are you 
absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?"

"Absolutely," the man replied. "It's going to be one of the coldest 
winters ever."

"How can you be so sure?" the Chief asked.

The weatherman replied, "The Indians are collecting firewood like crazy."

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