A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW approached him along a dirt track, with a cloud of dust in its wake.
The driver, a young man in a Saville Row suit, Gucci shoes and Ray Ban sunglasses, leaned out the window and asked the shepherd, "If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one?"
The shepherd looked at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looked at his peacefully-grazing flock and calmly answered, "OK."
The yuppie parked his car, whipped out the latest ultra-thin notebook and connected it to his 3G phone, then he surfed to a NASA page on the internet where he called up a GPS satellite navigation system, scanned the area, and then opened up a database and an Excel spreadsheet with complex formulas. He then sent an email attaching his screen capture and a short piece of text, and after a few minutes, received a response on his Blackberry, which he adds to his spreadsheet. Finally, he prints out a 50 page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized printer, looks at the last page then turns to the shepherd and says, "You have exactly 1586 sheep."
"That is correct; take one of the sheep." said the shepherd. He watches the young man select one of the animals and bundle it into his car.
Then the shepherd says: " If I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my sheep?"
"OK, why not." answered the young man.
"Clearly, you are a consultant." said the shepherd.
"That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"
"No guessing required." answers the shepherd. "You turned up here although I didn't ask you to. You wanted to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked.
And you obviously don't know anything about my business. ...Now give me back my dog."
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