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The Bull Is Dead
When I got back into the office this morning, I found that somebody had left a photocopy of this article on my desk.

I'm not sure who left it, or what purpose s/he was trying to accomplish, but I don't think it succeeded. I skimmed the whole thing, looking for what had happened to the bull. I can't believe the guy concluded his damn story without ever telling us!

What happened, and how did the bull die?

What a stupid column. I simply cannot condone this project reporting strategy if it won't provide simple answers to such vital questions.

Now I'm too curious and annoyed to work. I need to go back on vacation.

I hope the bull died quickly and painlessly....
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lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: July 12th, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
how utterly a-bomb-in-a-bull
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 12th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
heh....exactly.
replyhazy From: replyhazy Date: July 12th, 2004 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, what a load of bullshit! So to speak. I wonder if that explanation was at the end of the article and they sliced it off!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 12th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps so....very annoying!!! (:
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: July 12th, 2004 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
We had it posted in our snack area for a week or so. Actually, all it really does is emphasis the importance of reporting the important information first, then add of the supporting detail so you don't have to wade through all the stuff. Whether the bull died quickly and painlessly is basically irrelevant to the person being reported to, they are concerned with their son not a dead animal.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 12th, 2004 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I understand what the methodology is about, more or less.... My point is that the article was poorly written, because it had me distracted and looking the whole time for a punchline that never came.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: July 12th, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I think the punchline was the article's title.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: July 12th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is a pretty annoying article. I appreciate the point of it, but to leave such an interesting point open like that is just mean.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 12th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, exactly! And the point's impact was lost, because I was too busy looking for the missing information.
From: davidp5382 Date: July 12th, 2004 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd bet it's apocryphal. If someone killed a bull with a car, survived and was ok, and the car was still drivable, that would be rather miraculous. Now a pig. That's a different matter.
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: July 13th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)

gkapuratcenter4pmdotcom

I've decided to stop beating about the bush and went straight to the source...
...emailed the author directly:

Dear Mr. Kapur-
So what did happened to involve a bull in your son’s car accident?
Please finish filling in the details that this academic mind requires to process the full story...
Thanks!
p
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: July 13th, 2004 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)

the 'official' response... and very quickly I might add too...

...
Dear Peter:
I am glad you took the time to ask the question. I was once told that according to Zen philosophy (which has its roots in the teachings of Buddha, 500 B.C.), at the end of a discourse between a teacher and a student, the student should be left with greater curiosity than that existed at the start of the discourse. This means that any (Zen) discourse ends with a question from the student. Here we are; the lesson has been quite successful.

Now regarding the bull:

My son, Raj (now the EVP of our company), was driving home in his Carmen Ghia around midnight when a bull (Texas Longhorn) broke through a wire fence and walked onto the road. Luckily for Raj, the angle of hit was such that the bull got the worst of the collision. Car's front end was damaged but Raj did not have any injuries other than minor pain. He did take a picture of the dead bull, it's quite gross! The farmer who owned the property and the bull reimbursed our auto insurance company for the damage to the car.

If you would like more information on this incident (especially the Bull Sheet) ...*and yes, he really did italicize that ;-) * or about the services our company provides, Raj will welcome your call (800-510-1535 Ext. 12) or e-mail him at rkapur@center4pm.com


Please tell me a bit about yourself, what roles and responsibilities do you carry out at the university?
With best regards.
Gopal


oh... rather fun! (and with a pretty good point too...)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 13th, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the 'official' response... and very quickly I might add too...

Wow! You're so much more solution-minded than the rest of us!

Nice job, and thanks for finding the answer. I'll post it, for everyone's enjoyment!!
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: July 13th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the 'official' response... and very quickly I might add too...

CGitW sometimes like to remind me that "women want men to empathize with them" (I feel your pain about the lack of stylish shoe options to go with the outfit)... not look to find a solution to their problem...
me... I often try... but am perhaps forever stuck in this solution-orientated mindset...

:-)

glad you enjoyed his repsonse!

... oh and if you want to know... he said that nearly 25 people have contacted him directly to find out more about the bull...

:-)
From: davidp5382 Date: July 13th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the 'official' response... and very quickly I might add too...

I'm impressed! A real story on the internet! Who would've thought?
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: July 14th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)

me thinks...

... quite the same thought ...


(oh... and brother of mine has a recumbent and uses it all the time... he and his wife have a bike touring company... but agreed, if you're not used to it... it can be rather unsettleing to ride at first)

:-)
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