The Pacific Northwest
The day after her husband disappeared while out kayaking, a Manchester woman answered her door to find two grim-faced Washington State Troopers.
"We're sorry Mrs. Wilkens, but we have some information about your husband," said one trooper.
"Tell me! Did you find him?" She shouted.
The troopers looked at each other. One said, "We have some bad news, some good news, and some really great news. Which do you want to hear first?"
Fearing the worst, an ashen Mrs. Wilkens said, "Give me the bad news first."
The trooper said, "I'm sorry to tell you, but this morning we found your husband's body in the Puget Sound."
"Oh no!" Swallowing hard, she asked, "and What's the good news?"
The trooper continued, "When we pulled him up, he had about 25 good-sized Dungeness crabs clinging to him, and we feel you are entitled to a share of the catch."
Stunned, Mrs. Wilkens demanded, "If that's the good news, what's the great news?"
The trooper said, "We're going to pull him up again tomorrow."
…and that’s how it goes here in the Pacific Northwest.