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A Shepherd's Tale

Once upon a time there was a shepherd looking after his sheep on the edge of a deserted road. Suddenly a brand new Jeep Cherokee screeches to a halt next to him.

The driver, a young man dressed in an expensive suit, Cerrutti shoes, Ray-Ban glasses, and a YSL tie gets out and asks the sheperd: "I am going to tell you exactly how many sheep you have, and in return I want you to give me one of them." The shepherd looks at the young man, then looks at his huge herd of grazing sheep and says, "All right."

The young man parks the car, connects his notebook computer and mobile phone, enters a NASA website, scans the ground using a sattelite, opens a data base and Excel tables filled with algorithms, then prints a 100 page report on his miniature color printer. He then turns to the shepherd and says, "You have exactly 1586 sheep here."

Impressed, the shepherd answers, "That's correct, you can have one sheep." The young man then looks around, selects a sheep and puts it in the back of his jeep.

The shepherd looks at him and asks "If I guess your profession, will you return my sheep to me?"

The young man considers the proposition briefly, smiles confidently and answers, "Yes, why not?"

Without hesitation, the shepherd says, "You are a Defense Contractor!" The young man is stunned. "How did you know?" he asks the shepherd.

"Very simple," answers the shepherd. "First, you showed up here without being called and tried to impress me with your high-tech gadgits and know-it-all attitude. Second, you charged me an exorbitant price to tell me something I already knew. Finally, you clearly indicated that you really didn't understand anything about what I do, because you took my dog!"