My classmate, Susan, and I

My classmate, Susan, and I are in the middle of our thesis rewrites for
Johns Hopkins University. We only have two weeks left and we are both
quite razzled at the prospect of doing more research in the remaining

Today Susan called me to say that she desperately needed more history
about a small tribe of Native Americans that lives in the Grand Canyon
but theres only one telephone on the reservation and no one ever answers

As a matter of fact, the three times she visited the tribes Visitor
Center while she was on vacation, she said no one ever opened up the

Being a computer geek, I said, Have you checked the Internet?

She said, No, what a great idea! Thanks.

I did a quick check using Excite while she used Yahoo and she was
astounded at the information available about this little-known tribe.
She thanked me profusely for the tip and hung up.

Two hours later, she called me back sounding absolutely miserable.

Susan, I said, Whats the matter?

Well, she said, Youre not going to believe it but they have their own
Web page with all the information I could ever want about the tribe.

Thats great, I said. What more could you ask for?

You dont understand, she said. My article is about how isolated the
tribe is and how their only path to the outside world is a little dirt
trail up the side of the canyon! On their Web page, they even have a
scanned photo of the helicopter that brought the donated PC into the

Moral of the story: Sometimes ignorance is bliss — especially when
youre trying to finish a thesis on time.

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