Even though I was in the backyard pulling weeds, I could hear a man’s laughter coming from across the street. My man’s. That could mean only one thing: the Peanut, the Pistachio, and the Pecan (aka The Three Nuts) were swapping stories on the sidewalk again.
Beau Byrd is the undisputed master of joke telling. He personalizes them so skillfully that his victims don’t realize what’s happening until the very end. This time, as Dearly Beloved told me later, Beau saw DB and Henry talking on the sidewalk in front of Henry’s house.
“Henry, I’m so sorry about Clemson,” he called out as he jogged across the street to join them.
Henry keeps up with sports at his alma mater, but had no idea what Beau meant.
“What? What happened? I haven’t heard anything!”
“ They had to suspend one of their programs!” Beau said, shaking his head.
“Wha’. . . ? Which one?” asked Henry.
“Driver’s Ed. . .” Beau told him, then added…
“The mule died.”