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Thu
03
Sep

SERVICE STATION ETIQUETTE

By Tumbleweed Smith
 
I am writing this in Carlsbad, California enjoying a family reunion. Although oil is down to its lowest price per barrel in a decade, gas here is $4.29 a gallon. We passed by a Costco store yesterday and noticed about 100 cars in line to get gas for $3.39. I know the further west you go, the more you pay for gas, but this is crazy. I must say the people waiting in their cars were most patient and content to wait an hour or so to fill up.
 
Thu
03
Sep

T. TOMMY AND BAD NEWS

by Baxter Black
 
First, a little about T.Tommy; he likes Corrientes, carries a stock whip and is good help when you need a team ropin’ partner, a good hand on a gather, isn’t bad on a back hoe and is good to his dog. I’m sure he has had many fine team roping horses. His arena is open to all and he always has some steers around to practice on. He and I have many things in common, including that our ‘build’ is similar.
 
Thu
27
Aug

SLIM PICKINGS IN LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

by Bartee Haile
 
With independence about to be swapped for statehood, Texans packed the polls on Sep. 2, 1844 to pick a president for the fourth and final time. The year before the Lone Star Republic's last election, Texans could not have imagined that they would be forced to choose between Anson Jones and Edward Burleson. Even though each man had held important positions, both were political small fry clearly not cut out to be in charge. But when more qualified figures refused to run, the nominations of their respective factions went to Jones and Burleson by default.
 
Thu
27
Aug

Switchin' Flies

by Barney Nelson
 
Sometimes it seems like this country is such a mess that nothing could possibly help. I always blamed it on tv, so never owned one. But . . . after I retired from schoolmarming, I bought my first ever tv and now think maybe it ain't so bad. I have long been preaching that a big part of what ails us is that we have convinced our children that money equals happiness and real work is to be avoided: move to the city, get into technology, don't get your hands dirty, don't sweat except at the gym, get a desk job.
 
Thu
20
Aug

SOUNDS OF THE MOUNTAINS

by Tumbleweed Smith
 
Back in the depression of the twenties and thirties the government started sending artists to national parks to live in the parks for a few weeks, create something about the area and donate it to the park. The artist in residence program has continued and grown and the parks have gained poetry, films, photographs, paintings and other forms of art.
 
Thu
20
Aug

THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES

by Baxter Black
 
The Emperor’s New Clothes is a fairy tale wherein two swindlers convinced the vain emperor they could weave the most elegant clothes so uncommonly fine, only those with the highest refinement, good taste and intelligence would be able to see them. The ambitious emperor heartily agreed, thinking it would help his ability to distinguish the wise men from the fools in his empire.
 
Thu
13
Aug

POLIO SURVIVOR STARRED IN BIG-SCREEN MUSICALS

by Bartee Haile
 
During a tour of Europe with a ballet company, 17 year old Tula Ellice Finklea of Amarillo married her instructor Nico Charisse, 32, in Paris on Aug. 12, 1939. If the name on her birth certificate fails to ring a bell, how about Cyd Charisse, the beautiful brunette who danced her way to stardom in the classic Hollywood musicals of the 1940's and 1950's? She had gone by "Sid" since childhood because that was how her baby brother mispronounced "Sis" and probably because anything was better than Tula.
 
Thu
13
Aug

Switchin' Flies

by Barney Nelson
 
Did you watch the recent Republican debates? Supposedly over 24 million did, which makes me wonder how they know that? If true, it does give me some hope that maybe voters are paying attention to these elections and might actually vote this time. Anyway, I watched both debates and especially liked the hair and the tough questions. Instead of generic questions that produce boring answers, the media put each candidate on the hot seat to defend their biggest weaknesses and take genuine positions.
 
Thu
30
Jul

Switchin' Flies

by Barney Nelson
I've been wondering about Wild Rose Pass again. Since no wild roses grow there, some helpful jokester has tied pink plastic flowers in the brush. Tourists ripping along on the highway, probably point to the plastic flowers and say, "Oh, look, wild roses!" I've read and heard several versions of what happened to the roses:  They were dug up by covered wagon pioneers to transplant at new homes  farther west. They were dug up and transplanted by locals and still grow in local yards.
 
Thu
30
Jul

On The Edge of Common Sense

Pete was invited to put on a working stockdog demonstration at the agricultural fair in the nearby town of Perdue, Saskatchewan. He could have  brought his own lambs that were ‘dog wise’ but his hosts offered to furnish the sheep. On arrival in Perdue that morning Pete peeked into the dark trailer at the sheep. Six big black-headed Suffolk ewes glared back at him malevolently. It  was like looking into a cave full of bank examiners! He stationed his wife Pam and his dog Jock at the back and opened the tailgate. The ewes charged in aflying wedge and bowled over the defense!

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