A barber who was also a music lover organized a band to play background music at a small bar. But soon, neighbors accused them of playing some banned music. The sheriff issued a ban. It said that they were not allowed to play music anymore; otherwise they'd be kept behind bars. So they packed their baggage and moved to another city. However, as they had no jobs and were bankrupt, they could barely exist, and had great trouble just to keep a balance in their account. They could only afford bare necessities. To make things worse, one of them had bacon with bacteria in it and his life was in the balance. All these troubles would not make them stop playing music or take a backward move, though. They threw off their shirts and bared their chests, as it got hotter. The patients were very excited about it too, and a man with an arm banded with plaster even danced to their music, but when he moved backwards, he threw himself off balance. The band then became a big success and was even invited to perform in a concert to raise funds for bankrupts and homeless people.
in the balance （生命等）在危急状态中，（命运等）未定
off balance 不平衡
behind bars 在狱中
A man tried to sell his neighbor a new dog for five dollars. "This is a talking dog." He said. "Stop behaving stupidly," the neighbor replied, "how can a beast like that talk? Or you mean bark?" Suddenly, the dog looked up and said with tears in his eyes, "Please buy me, Sir. This man is mean. He keeps me in a barn and I have to sleep in a barrel. He feeds me only beans and never walks me to the bay, and the only toy I have is a waste battery. Basically speaking, he treats me like a beggar. On the basis of his behavior, I'm sure he'll abuse me with his baseball bat one day. And mind you, I hate his ugly beard. I used to be the richest trick dog in the country, and have the best bearing, too. I can jump over the highest barrier and barrel ovey any high beam. I attended the Animals Olympic on behalf of the country. I had so many fans who loved me so much that my body guards had trouble keeping them at bay." The dog beamed with pride.
"Hey," said the neighbor, "he can talk! How come you want to sell him for just five dollars?" "I'm selling him on my own behalf. I'm getting tired of his lies, which have a bearing on my kids, too, and wish he would only talk with a bark." the seller said.