I apologize for the short hiatus folks. It's Back-to-School season in the retail world; hence, I'm very busy. Something that I ran into this morning is prompting me to write today. Enjoy.
Today I worked in our Folsom location. When I go to this store, instead of taking two freeways that are a traffic nightmare, I take a 2-lane back road through the "country". It's much faster and saves my sanity. Plus I like being reminded that there are undeveloped parts of Sacramento County. :-)
So this morning I was on my way, flying down the near-empty road. When I was approaching the intersection of Keifer and Grantline (those EG peeps that read this will know where I'm talking about), I saw a large thing in the road. As I got closer, I could see that the "thing" was a large cow.
Yes, a cow. He looked a lot like this:
He was just standing in the middle of the road, watching the cars go past him. Thank goodness he was near the intersection, so cars were not going by too quickly, and they were doing a good job of avoiding him.
I felt bad for the poor cow, so I pulled over, got out of my car, and started to try and get the cow out of the road. I tried calling to him, mooing to him, making gestures.....you name it. But that damn cow was having none of it.
I should mention that I'm wearing a black lace tunic, black leggings, knee-high boots, and giant sunglasses. I bet I looked like a naive city girl trying to woo a cow - ridiculous. :-)
Anyway, after about five minutes of making noises to the cow, I gave up. He was apparently content to sit in the middle of the road. I was worried for his owner - the cow had an ear tag so I know he belonged to someone. There are so many ranches and farms on that stretch of road...if I knew how to identify the tag, I would have found the farm and gotten the owner to take care of his cow.
So I called the non-emergency CHP hotline to tell them of the "road hazard". Never mind that the damn hotline hung up on me three times before I got through (that's the state of California for you, nothing works like it should), but I left a message telling them about the cow, hoping they did something to get him out of the road and back to his owner.
I was a little late to work this morning because of said cow. I really hope that he's okay.