* You don't have to be Cuban to appreciate this joke, just know a Cuban.
One dark night, outside the small town of Medley, a fire started inside a
local chemical plant and in a blink of an eye it exploded into massive
flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around.
(Ft. Lauderdale, Davie, Hollywood, etc,) When the volunteer fire fighters
appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fire
chief and said, "All of our secret formulas are in the vault. They must be
saved. I will give $50,000 to the fire department that brings them out
intact." But the roaring flames held the firefighters off.
* Soon more fire departments had to be called in (West Palm, Boca, Miami) as
* the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted
* out that the offer was now $100,000 to the fire department who could bring out the
company's secret files. From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another
fire truck came into sight. It was the nearby Hialeah Volunteer Fire Company
composed mainly of Cubans over the age of 65. To everyone's amazement, the
little run-down fire engine, operated by these Cubans, passed all the newer
sleek engines parked outside the plant...and drove straight into the middle
of the inferno.
Outside, the other firemen watched as the Cuban old timers jumped off almost
inside the flames and began to fight the fire with a performance & effort
never seen before. Within a short time, the old timers had extinguished the
fire and saved the secret formulas. The grateful chemical company president
joyfully announced that for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward
to $200,000, and walked over to personally! thank each of
the brave, though elderly, Cuban firefighters. Channels 6, 7, 10, 23 and 51
TV news reporters rushed in after capturing the event on film asking, "What
are you going to do with all that money?"
* "Coņo," said Pepe, the 70-year-old
fire chief, "dee firs ting we gonna do is fix dee brakes on dat focking truck!"