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This is for Myrddred1 [whose name I hope I spelled correctly]

The Cowboy and the Yuppie

A cowboy is herding his livestock in a remote pasture when a brand new BMW drives out of a dust cloud toward him. The driver, a young man in an Armani suit, leans out the window and asks, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"

The cowboy 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 notebook computer, connects to his cell phone and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet. He calls up a GPS satellit navigation system to get an exact fix on his location, which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in a ultra-high resolution photo and sends it to him. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC-connected Excel spreadsheet with hundreds of complex formulas, analyzes the image, and delivers a count.

"You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves," he says.

"That's right," says the cowboy as he watches the young man select one of the animals and stuff it into the back seat of his car.

Then the cowboy asks, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my animal?"

"Okay, why not?" says the yuppie.

"You're a business consultant," says the cowboy.

"Wow! That's correct!" says the yuppie. "How did you guess that?"

"No guessing required," answers the cowoby. "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, and you don't know anything about my business. Now give me back my sheep!"

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