On this week’s opener segment the guys talked about the need for a “stupid” sign which stupid people would be required to wear. Very funny.
And it reminded me of when I was a teenager and worked on a cattle range near Durango Colorado for a summer job. The ranch was big. Really big. Sized not acres, but in 100’s of square miles! When you were standing in the middle of it, everything you could see for miles in every direction was part of the ranch.
And this was in a tourist area. There’s a steam train from Durango to Silverton which draws the tourists like flies during the summer months. And every once in a while one of these tourists would find their way to the ranch, usually because they got lost. But they’d stop by, ask directions, say hello to us ranch hands, ask if we have any cowboy stories like they see in the movies, you know problems with gun slingers, fist fights with the sheep ranchers over fences, etc. We’d say “no, just treating the cows for “pink eye” (a common malady with cows) is all we do”.
But sometimes the owner of the ranch would be there, and he liked to talk up the tourists, give them something to write home about. Because he knew eventually the tourist would ask “How many cattle do you have?”. And after he said 10,532 or something like that, the tourist would invariably say “How do you count them all?”
The rancher – he’d wink at us – and say to the tourist “Well, we hired a Ph D from Colorado State University to help us with that. What he does, he counts all their feet, and divides by 4.”
Then the tourist, a little puzzled, would drive away, and the owner of the ranch would laugh and say “Tourists should announce themselves by a big “Stupid” bumper sticker on their car!”