Weird, long Saturday

October 22, 2011


Today was a day of having to get stuff done, and nearly everything going wrong. Lloyd went to his auction, which was a total bust. He sat around grading until the things he wanted sold (not to him) at 2p.m., and it turned out that he was supposed to meet someone at his school at 2. We were late.

I had errands to run, and almost everywhere I went they didn’t have the things I needed, or it was way more than I wanted to pay. I gave up.

At Lloyd’s school, after we apologized to the guy who waited for Lloyd, then I ‘helped’ Lloyd do some stuff to some of the computers. I am as bad with computers as he is with recipes: I’m very, very literal. He tells me something, I write it down and then perform the functions like a very dumb robot. The rest of his school stuff took much, much longer than I wanted it to, and I couldn’t even nap in the library because someone was working in there. How rude.

The real excitement happened on the way home. I was driving, and out of the tall grass on the side of the road came charging a bull! There was a guy there trying to keep it on the side of the road, and also a lady who had pulled over. We pulled over so Lloyd could use his farmboy skills. That bull was mad. Thankfully it never actually made it out onto the highway. It went running into a field (wrecking the fence), then down the road and into the lane of the farmer who owned it. We drove the car down to see if Lloyd could still help, and I snapped some shots. See that space in the row of hay bales? There was a hay bale there seconds before, but a mad bull decided to show us all who was boss and tossed it around like a marshmallow.

He looks so peaceful in this photo, but he's just resting.

Here, you can see the space better.

Still mad.

Feeling useless, I drove back to the highway to be the car with the hazard lights on so cars might slow down in case he ran for the road again. He didn’t, and while I walked around the owner drove by and I told him where his bull was, so I guess that was helpful.

Later, Lloyd said they got the bull into the fenced-in yard, and the people who lived there got it into the barn, so apparently all is well and the black cow will not be out on the highway at night.

Snip snap snout. My tale’s told out.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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14 Responses to “Weird, long Saturday”

  1. Brad Said on:

    You could have helped by driving off to get some rodeo clowns. I hear they’re good at getting bulls back into their pens.

    What makes a bull mad anyway? And how can you tell? This would be good information for me, for the next time a meet a bull.


    • Lauren Said on:

      Personally, I think the thing that made him mad was the pretty, yet inaccessible, girl cow across the highway. The way I knew he was mad was by the leaping about, in a surprisingly graceful way. I’m used to watching cows stand still or mosey along, not jump around like they’re auditioning for Footloose.


  2. Kitt Said on:

    Great story! Happy ending. For the people, anyway.

    Driving through the Pine Ridge Reservation one moonless night, my boyfriend noticed something in the ditch and slowed down. It was a brown cow. And it was a good thing he slowed down, because then we noticed a whole herd of black cows in the middle of the road! Close call.


    • Lauren Said on:

      Yeah -- I have to think that hitting a cow would be much, much worse than hitting a deer. Cows have mass.


      • Kristi Said on:

        My brother hit a cow once at night. It was not pretty. Insurance covered the damage to his car,but the cow had to be put down. I don’t know if they took it to the butcher or not.


  3. Lauren's dad Said on:

    Grilled beef or grilled venison—either way ruins the looks of your vehicle.


  4. Jane Sommerer Said on:

    I heard a good one yesterday. The car was stopped for 2 deer and the third deer came running into the side of the car. Deer attack cost 3,000


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