Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 12:46:01 -0500
Mr. Wilkens' wife was lost at sea while scuba diving. Late in the
evening of the search's second day, he answered the door and was
greeted by two grim-faced policemen.
"We're sorry to call on you at this hour, Mr. Wilkens, but we have
some information about your wife."
"Well . . . tell me!" he demanded.
One officer said, "We have some bad news, some pretty good news, and
some really great news. Which would you like to hear first?"
Fearing the worst, Mr. Wilkens said, "Well, give me the bad news
So the policeman said, "I'm sorry to tell you sir, but we found your
wife's body this morning in Puget Sound."
"OH MY GOD!" said Mr. Wilkens, overcome by emotion. Then,
remembering what the policeman had said, he asked, "What's the good
"Well," said the policeman, "When we pulled her up she had two
five-pound lobsters and a dozen good size Dungeoness crabs on her."
"Huh?" said Wilkens, not understanding. "So, what's the great news?"
The policeman smiled, leaned closer, and whispered, "We're going to
pull her up again tomorrow morning."