Rodeo Announcer-Music Man Is Truly All-Around Cowboy In The Broadest And Most Diverse Sense Of The Definition

He is truly an all-around cowboy.

There are cowboys who compete in all eight sanctioned contest events at rodeos, break and train their own horses, assist with cattle roundups, and even participate in other horse related competitions. Yes, they’re all-around cowboys.

This one’s entered successfully in some such rodeo action, but they’re not his most given forte to rate the distinctive versatility title.

Saturday afternoon was calm, and like many tied to ranch life, he was burning native pastures.

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Spring Brings Mind Change

“Boys will be boys.”

And, when spring comes, there’s obvious change in the air.

Most stallions are generally eager for romance, but it becomes enhanced every April. Honestly, the smell is there, and more obvious when the cute filly or even that old gray mare raise their tails.

Through more than four decades, we’ve owned lots of stallions and trained considerably more. Usually, when in a regular routine, stallions are quite like riding a mare or a gelding.

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‘Decisions, Decisions’ For Farmers In Long-Awaited New ‘Largely Unknown’ Farm ‘Mostly Nutrition’ Bill

“Farmers waited, and waited and waited, and waited longer.”

Dalton Henry, governmental affairs specialist for the Kansas Wheat Commission,  opened his comments exactly that way.

“And, finally the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill was approved, and became effective on February 7,  when President Barack Obama signed it into law,” Henry continued.

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Helpful Intentions Upsetting

“It is infuriating.”

That response came following e-mail to a customer who’d just slammed the telephone receiver in our ear.

The remark shadowed accusations of “stepping across the line” to make contact with the rancher.

It’s true, we are persistent. But, it is our job. Following philosophy of another, we were “Taking care of  business,” or TCB.

Of course, taken back by the comment, we delved into reasoning behind it, if justified, and if anything was “infuriating” to us.

On the forefront, it didn’t seem so, but others in six decades might argue that due to our instinctive flightiness when something needed to be done right, and wasn’t. Maturity has eased such rashness, some.

But, when at “our best,” doing our job, situations admittedly do arise which can become “angering,” “annoying,” “enflaming,” “enraging,” “exasperating,” “galling,” “irritating,” “riling,” or even “vexatious,” one of Daniel Webster’s definitions.

Certainly, we remember our college judging coach remarking: “That makes my blood boil,” after we’d busted (completely mixed up placing) a class of Hereford bulls at a major contest.

Not to bedraggle nor belittle the subject, “our way” is to fill in the background. As always, we proposed a like-promotions campaign, following with several unanswered calls, because people today often know who’s on the other end, and sometimes don’t want to answer.

Finally, an e-mail came: “We don’t want any. Sorry.” Not replying spontaneously, we later visited the headquarters, found nobody home, and left printed materials. After numerous unreciprocated follow-up phone attempts, husband picked up.

Surprised, we said, “Sorry to bother you,” and his reply: “You don’t care do you Frank?,” and “bang” the receiver. Instantly, we sent the e-mail, with agitated-comeback, from spouse adding: “I don’t have time to babysit your ego.” Stunned, we dispatched: “Thanks for responding. Most sincerely.”

Real Problem might actually be: We do Care. “We want to help others, as we’ve been assisted. We offer an opportunity with very high potential return,” most gut-felt honestly.

And, we’re not going to stop TCB to help others. We will, without question, although attempting it most congenially, and definitely not “infuriating.”

Reminds us of Isaiah 10:6: “I am against infuriating people.” So, Psalm 38:1: “To prevent upsetting and hasty punishment.” Then, Esther 9:29: “Calming letters must go out.” Most importantly, First Timothy 6:18: “All good comes in helping others.”