* Ernst Albrecht joins us again from the trenches. Take a few minutes to sit back and enjoy him spin us a wonderful tale of life and love. Country Doctor By Ernst Albrecht I?ve been retired for a number of years. Lean a little closer. I say I?ve been retired for a number of years. Did you hear that? Good. Yes, I was a doctor. ?Doc? they used to call me. I?d be sitting near the fireplace with my head in brandy snifter when someone would sound the alarm: ?Doc, come quick. Luke, he bahn hurt bedt.? ?Get outta her,? I?d say. ?Go on, get outta here!? Then I?d try to throw the brand snifter at ?em but my head would stuck fast inside of it. If there was time I?d drink a little Irish coffee to sober up. Then I?d wash my feet and embark on the next train for New York so I could pick up my doctor?s bag at the pawn shop. But if it was a real emergency, like when Luke got lost in Gecko Cavern, I?d grab whatever I could find in the kitchen and go. It was generally a good thing when I didn?t find my doctor?s bag. I never could figure out what most of that stuff was inside there. A lot of those little glass vials with powder in them were labeled with a skull and corssbones and that always made me feel superstitious. Anyway, by the time I got to that cave most of the town folk were there singing church hymns. They all looked pretty scared. Spotted corn fever had taken its toll the previous winter, so the fear was still hanging in their watery gray eyes. We all knew that come Spring (God willing that Spring did come), the Dry Burlap Rash would be the weight of worry on our minds. By and by a black preacher man by the name of Nubi Nixon leads me to the mouth of the cave. ?Have a care, Doc,? he says. ?That place is chock full of geckos!? He puts boney hand alongside his face and rolls his eyes around. I take a big look into the dark of that cave. Then I rear myself up like a jungle beast ill my rib cage just about busts and I yell, ?Sa-tan, begone! Sa-tan, begone!? For the whole gosh-darned thing please visit: http://www.thebigjewel.com/countrydoctor/ --- Thanks for being a friend. If you know other friends who would like to subscribe to this mailing list, have them email us. It's cool.