Friday night is here. If you are of age, then it is time for a frosty. Other than the WIND and complete lack of moisture in this part of paradise, the weather has been quite tolerable the past week.
I had time to slip down to the Wooward Livestock Auction for lunch today. The Woodward sale barn is one of the better cattle sales in the midwest. I don’t get to go as often as I would like. Cattle prices are still trending upwards. With very little wheat pasture in this part of the world, a high cost to buy, and high cost of meds one would think that the market would back up a little. NOPE. From the perspective from somebody that likes to see good livestock, it was impressive to see the quality of cattle that were coming through the sale ring. As a whole, cattle producers have done a better job raising sound, good bodied cattle with good structure. It costs more to buy a good bull but it pays off when you keep good daughters and sell good calves. The same applies to the goat world. Yes, bucks cost a pile, but spend more to get the good one and it will pay off in years to come. Doesn’t matter if you are talking commerical or show stock. Buy the good one.
We only lack one more doe to kid out and then we are done for awhile. What doe am I waiting on? Verlin the dairy doe. That’s pretty good planning on my part. You are supposed to have the milk goat kid first so that she is ready to go to work if needed. As usual, I can’t blame this screw up on anybody other than myself.
There has been several things happen recently that has made me feel old. First and foremost, seeing some of my former students kids wearing FFA jackets.
Here are a few other truths that hit you in adulthood.
1 Sometimes I’ll look down at the clock on my phone 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
2. Having to shave EAR hair.
3. You long for kindergarten so that you can have a milk break and somebody would tell you to take a nap.
4. Owning a nose hair trimmer. Tyke was with me when I bought mine. There were tears and laughter involved the first time I used. Not tears OF laughter on my part. Tears AND laughter. Tyke was crying from laughing so hard.
5. Was learning cursive really necessary? I have horrible penmanship anyways and then you throw in cursive. JEEZ, my penmanship will give archeologists fits trying to figure this stuff out.
6. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind-of tired.
7. Bad decisions make good stories. I probably won’t out-grow this one.
8. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
9. Tapes, CDs, Napster, iTunes–It can get expensive trying to update your music library.
10. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word or Excel and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
11. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call. The real bad ones, I just enter a name as DON’T ANSWER. Once you get several titled that way, it makes it interesting wondering which one it is calling.
12. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said? People mumble more often nowadays. There isn’t anything wrong with my hearing.
Here’s you a little piece of not-so-worthless trivia. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that the brain is also important.
Years ago, about 1987, I was in a quick stop in Shattuck, OK listening to a group of older men BS as they drank their morning coffee. They were giving one old fart (75 or 80 years old) a hard time about his hearing aids. He made the comment, “I wish my nuts would have fallen off 40 years ago and left the rest of my faculties intact. I have dentures for my teeth, these thick glasses so I can kind of see, and hearing aids so that I can hear some things. Hhmm. I use my teeth, eyes and ears everyday.” He just shook his head at that. The rest of the table took pause for a second or two.
Have a good day and a better tomorrow. Stay flexible but not limp.