One day a man came to see Sisman Tuccar at the teahouse and said, “I’ve been trying to get hold of this thing that’s between what’s already gone and what hasn’t yet arrived but I don’t seem to be getting anywhere with it. Tell me what I should do.”
Replied Sisman, “Well you know, there’s both good news and there’s bad news. Which do you want to hear first?”
Said the man, “Give me the bad news first.”
Said Sisman, “The bad news is there’s nothing you can do.”
“Oh,” said the man, “now give me the good news.”
Said Sisman, “The good news is that there’s nothing you can do.”