A West Queensland Jackaroo was herding his cattle in a remote pasture when suddenly a
brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.? The driver, a young
man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out
the window and asks the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and
calves you have in your herd,will you give me a calf?"
The Jackaroo 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 AT&T cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he
calls up a GPS satellite navigation system 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 photo.
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 a 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
and finally turns to the Jackaroo and says, "You have exactly 1586 cows and calves."
"That's right.? Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says the Jackaroo.
He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.
Then the cowboy says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"
The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?"
"You're a consultant for the National Political Party." says the Jackaroo.
"Wow!? That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"
"No guessing required." answered the Jackaroo. "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 tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a damn thing about cattle........?
Now give me back my dog."