Harry was having his annual physical and the doc noticed that his blood pressure was a little elevated.
“What do you do for a living?” he asked.
“I’m a woodworker. Mostly hand tools. I work all alone in a sunshine filled studio with Brahms playing low and my golden retriever at my feet.”
“Well, that’s not causing it. How about your family history? Think you might get it from your Mom’s side, or your Dad’s?”
“Neither,” said Harry. “But I might be getting it from my wife’s family.”
“No, that’s impossible,” the doc said.
“Obviously, you haven’t met them,” said Harry.
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