THE HALL OF FAMOUS JOKES
is on his first date with Lena, a teacher whose personal ad he answered.
He picks her up in his car. As he drives, he puffs on a cigarette
and politely offers her one, too.
"Oh, I don't do that," Lena
Olaf takes her to a nice restaurant
for dinner. The waiter brings a wine list. Olaf asks Lena if
she'd like to order something to drink.
"Oh, I don't do that," she
They have an excellent dinner. On the
way home, Olaf passes a motel with a big sign saying SPECIAL FOR COUPLES.
Thinking he's probably already blown his chances with Lena and that
there's nothing to lose, he says, "Hey, Lena, see that sign?
How 'bout goin' in there."
She says, "I'd love to, Olaf."
As Olaf parks, he's a little confused.
Finally he turns to Lena and says, "There's one thing I don't
understand. How is it that you won't have a cigarette, and you won't
have a glass of wine, but you're willing to go to a motel with me.
Isn't that a bit of a paradox? What will you tell the children at
"Same thing I always tell them,"
Lena answers. "You don't have to smoke or drink to have a good
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