Journal Of An Oobax Cowboy
By H. Jason Schulz
Copyright © 2011 H. Jason Schulz
All Rights Reserved
The year is 4011. Earth has been in communication with thousands of planets throughout our arm of the Milky Way galaxy. Many centuries ago The United States passed a law that allowed only two cities per state. They did this to make room for the ranches. The ranches needed to be gigantic to accommodate the oobax. On the planet we called Suptrak, which orbits the star Proxima Centauri we found a planet very similar to our own. Among the life forms that we discovered were the oobax, an animal the size of a brontosaurus but with a stubby neck and small tail. We imported this animal to earth because of the many uses it afforded us. The most important was the fact that its skin, silvery in color, is incredibly strong and blocked 100% of cosmic radiation. At one eighth of an inch think, its hide was equivalent to sixteen feet of steel. Its bones are full of a new kind of element, a metal called latem. latem a yellow metal and is a better electrical conductor than gold. Finally, one pound of oobax meat contained 100% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals. Most people said that oobax tasted similar to beef.
The events in this journal take place in northern Arizona. The cowboys that handle the oobax are required to attend a University and gain a four year degree in Ranch Science. They learn the oobax inside and out, they train on the winged thays from the planet of Yarmoth. Thays are the best animal for use in herding oobax. Similar to horses in size, they have wings that allow them to fly for short distances. Graduating cowboys are also required to be proficient in the photon lasso, used to capture the oobax. Upon completion of a year long internship, an oobax cowboy can earn up to 5000 US gold claims per year. Recently the United States of America has returned to the use of gold as its main currency.