A man was walking through the Sahara desert, desperate for water, when he saw something, far off in the distance. Hoping
to find water, he walked toward the image, only to find a little old woman sitting at a card table with a bunch of neckties
laid out on it.
The thirsty man asked, "Please, I'm dying of thirst, can I have some water?"
The woman replied "I don't have any water, but why don't you buy a tie? Here's one that goes nicely
with your outfit."
The man shouted, "I don't want a tie, you idiot, I need water!"
"Okay, don't buy a tie. But to show you what a nice person I am, I'll tell you that over that hill
there, about four miles, is a nice restaurant. Walk that way, they'll give you all the water you want."
The dehydrated soul thanked the woman and walked away toward the hill and eventually disappeared.
Three hours later he returned crawling back to where the woman was still sitting behind her card table.
She said "I told you, about four miles over that hill. Couldn't you find it?"
The man rasped, "I found it all right. They wouldn't let me in without a tie."