From Rick Bruno, 71C
A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote Pasco pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.
The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and
YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you
exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a
Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully
grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, Why not?”
The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to
his Cingular RAZR 3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where
he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds
to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution
The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany.
Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been
processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.
Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech,
miniaturized HP Laserjet printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have
exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”
“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says
He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.
Then Bud says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your
business is, will you give me back my
The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”
“You’re an aide in the Obama Administration”, says Bud.=20
“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess
“No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here
even though nobody called you; you want
to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used
millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living, or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep. …
Now give me back my dog