19. What Happens to Missing Lighters?

“I lose lighters all the time,” said a friend to the stoner. “Where do they go?”

“There are many theories,” the stoner replied. “Some say one pothead takes them all. Others say that the lighter companies send teams of people to retrieve them. And still others say that this is one of the 420 mysteries of trees, never to be known.”

“But what is the truth?”

“The truth,” the stoner replied, “is the 19th Rule of Thumb: Lighters come and go. And so, when one is missing, do not be mad, but know that it is out there, free.”