Wednesday, August 03, 2005

four dollars....four dollars!!!

A livestock auction bears little resemblance to it's demure cousin the art and antique auction. Forget the dulcet tones of Leslie Hindman, "Fair warning...". Livestock auctions are instead loud and raucous affairs, with uninteligible syllables tumbling out of the auctioneers mouth at amazing speed.

Helpers on the auction floor scan the crowd for signs of a bid - a raised finger or a nod. It's then that they spring into action and with the drama of a home plate umpire calling a third strike, they acknowledge the bid - FOUR DOLLARS!!!

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