Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Overheard At The Bank

From a woman who was intently studying the free calendar she'd just received:

"Is that a cow?"

(peers closely at calendar page, holding it 6 inches from her face)

"I think it is. That's a COW!"

(looks around to realize that others are not sharing her wonder at correctly recognizing and identifying a member of the bovine species)

"Well, it's...it's hairy. I've just never seen a hairy cow before."

I really wanted to engage this lady in conversation at this point, but was stricken effectively speechless for so long that by the time I recovered, she was gone. I never got to find out how cows are upholstered on her planet.

19 comments:

  1. Might have been a shaggy Highland cow. They look a little different. I almost think it's better than the woman looking at beads last night having a conversation with another woman, asking "What's the EU?" I wanted to fall over.

    Oh, and if this is my 2nd comment, please forgive. It was spastic at first.

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  2. I was wondering if it could be a Scottish Highland too. Although to me, who has been around cattle my whole life, they're very cow-identifiable.

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  3. I was hoping that she meant "shaggy." But I was still tickled at the thought of a hairless variety of cattle. You know, for the rancher with allergies.

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  4. Thank heavens she didn't see one of those cows with the "spare tire stripe" around the middle. She may have been baffled for days on how they got the tire there...

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  5. Yeah, my first thought was Scottish Highland cow, too.

    They ARE hairy! :)

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  6. When I was a kindergartener? My babysitter was a grad student in microbiology. And she too me to her lab, where the cows had WINDOWS into their stomachs, to better view their digestive process. So my first thought was, maybe it's a research cow?

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  7. That should, of course, read "took" not "too." Whenever will I learn to type?

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  8. Yeah, I was thinking "Scottish Highland cow" too. Well actually, city girl that I am, I was thinking "But there ARE shaggy cows! Those...hmmm...what the hell are they called?"

    Which amounts to the same thing, right? Right? Belinda?

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  9. Wow! Belinda, you have very educated Blog friends. I have never even heard of a Scottish Highland.
    Then again, I am too busy hiding out in my basement trying to scissor the perfect topknot!

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  10. I also thought of a Scottish Highland cow. And they are kind of bizarre looking if you're used to Holsteins.

    Still though... what a weird thing to bellow at the bank.

    What makes me laugh is that she will be showing that free calendar to all of her friends for weeks and squealing "but it's a COW!" in a loud, bemused voice.

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  11. All of a sudden I got a mental picture of those hairless, wrinkly, ugly cats...except as cows.

    Now that would be a sight.

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  12. trishie, I just had the same picture in my mind. Hideous.

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  13. We have hairless cows here in Oregon, you don't there? :)

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  14. OMG! That is so funny! Maybe her eyesight was so bad, that she never realized they HAD hair (or fur) until she got the photo that close to her nose! LOL!

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  15. I'm dying of laughter, or a coughing fit from laughing so hard!

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  16. Bless you for the laughter. I believe there is never enough in the day! By the way.. Ninja Poodles... best blog title I have ever come across.

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  17. My husband queried if perhaps the only cows she had seen were shrink-wrapped at the grocery store. :^)

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  18. Dammit.. I missed this... and that turned out to be a good thing - because I *so* needed the laugh tonight!

    Naked cow! Eek! Moo!! :)

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  19. I so want to tell that woman that it's more of a miracle never to have seen a hairless cow...For that, I'd pay good money.

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