By relling on Apr 25, 2007
It is bad when someone wakes you from a deep slumber at 2:00 in the morning.
It gets worse when that someone is a policeman.
It gets worse when he asks, "do you have any cows?" Groggily, I answer, "yes."
It gets worse when he says, "there is about a half dozen cows loose on the highway." Suddenly, and without coffee, I am wide awake. We have a half dozen cows in the pasture near the highway.
It gets worse when he says, "see that car spun off the road in the ditch?" In the distance I see a car with its blinkers on.
It gets worse when he says, "the car clipped a cow and spun out." I've seen pictures of livestock vs. automobile encounters and they are suddenly recalled from the depths of my memory.
It gets better when he says, "everybody seems to be ok." Whew!
It gets worse when he asks, "can you get the cows out of the highway?" "Sure!"
I put on my boots, grab some lights, and jump the in the Calabaza. The policeman heads down to the highway to deal with the wrecker arriving to extract the car from the ditch.
I drive into the pasture to see if the fence is broken and accidentally drop my flashlight. I jump out to retrieve the flashlight and hear an inquisitive "moo?" I scan the pasture and see 12 green eyeballs staring at me. "Got hay?" they ask. Whew, the girls are safe.
We rounded up the wandering bovines and moved them to a safe area and began looking for their home. To our surprise, we couldn't find a broken fence or open gate. We did find evidence that they had traveled about a half mile down the highway, though. By 4:30 AM we decided that we would continue to look for their home after sunrise and went back to bed. The story is getting better, now, but...
It gets worse when you sleep through the alarm and miss your 8:00 AM conference call...