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Doctor OctaviaAt dinner one evening, Hosh was narrating an embarrassing incident when his medical gear played up in front of a patient.

"Impressions matter, doc" said Isha, "Invest in your business or you'll end up getting a reputation like Dr. Palmer's."

"Never heard of him," Hosh paused, "What's with him?"

"Oh, its an old online joke I read once on Parikrama Forum. One day, Mrs. Trimble was in terrible pain. Fortunately, Dr. Palmer was making house calls."

The doctor came out of her bedroom moments after he'd gone in and asked Mr. Trimble, "Got a hammer?"

Puzzled, Mr. Trimble went into his workshop and returned with a hammer.

The doctor thanked him and went back into the bedroom.

Minutes later, he came out again and asked, "Got a chisel?"

Mr. Trimble was disquieted but quietly went to his workshop again and returned with a chisel.

His concern and anxiety rose in the next few minutes, as Dr. Palmer asked for and received from him a pair of pliers, a screwdriver, and then a hacksaw.

This last request really got to Mr. Trimble.

"What are you doing to my wife?" he mumbled in clear distress.

"Not a thing," replied Dr. Palmer, "I just can't get my medical bag open!"

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