A leap of faith

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A leap of faith

Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Aug 05, 2005 1:16 am

A young Wall Street dealer loved living on Staten Island, but wasn't crazy about the ferry timetable. Missing the ferry back late at night meant spending the next hour or so wandering the deserted streets of lower Manhattan.

One evening the dealer had been unable to leave his office at the usual time. He knew that making the next ferry would be a close thing, and he half-ran down the streets to the pier. When he spotted his boat moving slowly along no more than ten feet away from the edge of the dock, he made up his mind that he wouldn't put up with waiting another hour to get home, and executed a flying leap towards it. Although his business cards flew out of his jacket pocket and trailed across the water, their owner landed safely although somewhat bruised, falling on his hands and knees onto the ferry deck.

With an effort he got up, brushed himself off, and proudly announced to a bystander on the quayside, "Well, I made that one, didn't I?"

"You sure did," said the onlooker. "But you could have waited the minute or so until it was tied up at the quay."
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