I have received a LOT of email, especially for a Christmas holiday, from readers of the E-Scrap News opinion piece about e-waste and electronics export-for-repair, We Shouldn't Have to Make that Choice. All of it (except for Jim Puckett's response from BAN) has been pretty supportive, but very quiet. I'm feeling a bit like the "Black Hills Cowboy".
The cowboy appeared before St. Peter at the Pearly Gates.
'Before I let you in," said Peter, "I must ask your merit. Have you ever done anything of selfless and brave?'
'Well, I can think of one thing,' the cowboy offered. 'On a trip to the Black Hills, I came upon a gang of bikers, who were threatening a young woman. Seein her in distress, I told them bikers to leave her alone, but they wouldn't listen. So walked on up to the largest and most heavily tattooed dude and smacked him in his face. I kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring, and threw it on the ground. I yelled, 'Now, back off!! Or I'll kick the crap out of all of you!'
St. Peter was surprised and impressed. Flipping through his notes, he asked 'When exactly did this happen?'
'Why, just a couple of minutes ago… " says the cowboy
The photo by the way is from the great 1968 Sergio Leone film, Once Upon a Time in the West... "You brought two horses too many." I watched it with my kids on DVD last night. Will never watch it on TV with ads again.
Thanks to John Chilcott of Waste Management for the Black Hills Cowboy joke.