The $30,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Story
This is from a radio program - a true report of a happening in Michigan,
where really smart duck hunters live.
A Michigan guy buys a brand new red Jeep Grand Cherokee and has large monthly payments to make on it for four years. As a first trip, he and a friend load up the guns, the beer and the dog and go duck hunting in the bright, new Grand Cherokee. As they knew it would be, the lake is frozen.
They drive out onto the lake ice, park and survey the scene.
Now, they want to make some kind of a natural water landing area for the ducks - an area for the decoys to float on to entice the ducks to land. So they need an expanse of water large enough for all of this and they came prepared. Out of the back of the new Grand Cherokee comes a stick of dynamite with a 40 second fuse.
These two Rocket Scientists take into consideration that they must place the stick of dynamite on the ice at a location fairly far from where they (and the new Grand Cherokee) are standing. They don't want to place the dynamite then run, taking the risk of slipping on the ice and possibly falling into the expected large ice hole. So, they decide to light the 40-second fuse and throw the dynamite as far as possible. With it bouncing on the ice, they figure it will go at least a 100 yards or so.
Remember the black lab? Well he has quietly stood by while these two beer drinkers make their plan - - - and he is a well trained retriever. You guessed it! As soon as the dynamite hits the ice and starts sliding, the dog takes off as fast as he can to bring it back to his master.
The two idiots yell, scream and wave arms, doing everything they can to get Fido to stop. Fido takes this as encouragement and runs faster. He grabs the dynamite and heads back, as fast as running on ice can be done by a well rested, motivated retriever - - being, in his mind, called by his master.
The guy who does not own the dog grabs his shotgun and says to his friend, "Sorry Pal, but we gotta shoot your dog. It's him or us". The owner immediately recognizes the wisdom of this statement and grabs his own gun, only to find it is not loaded. The other guy fires until his magazine is empty - and, misses the dog every time. They both realize they cannot outrun the dog, but start running anyway.
The bird shot hitting the ice around him has gotten the dog's attention and he stops for a moment, slightly confused, and observes his master running away. He is now completely confused, frightened and untrained for all of this. The dog makes an executive decision to seek cover and does so, under the brand new Cherokee. ----BOOM!---- That is the end of the dog and the Grand Cherokee. There is nothing left but a large hole in the ice and the two space scientists with "I can't believe this happened" look on their faces. This has been the most memorable 40 seconds these two will ever experience.
The insurance company took the position that sinking a vehicle in a lake by the illegal use of explosives was not covered by insurance. There was no salvage value. Our brilliant hunter still had not yet made the first of those $600+ a month payments and now must now do so for about four years.
And you thought you have had bad days!!!
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