Martin, the drum teacher at a local high school, related this exchange with at student:
Martin: "Where's your book?"
Boy: "I actually had my book and drumsticks in my hand but then the house caught fire. We had to leave and I wasn't allowed to take anything with me. I wanted to go back in to get them but the fireman said I couldn't. I said it was my drum lesson today and I had to get my sticks but he wouldn't let me ."
Martin: "You forget them again, didn't you?"
Martin: "How long did it take you to think that one up?"
Boy: (thinks...) "About an hour?"
Time better spent practising, no doubt, but now that you're reading this perhaps the effort wasn't entirely wasted.