Friday, July 31, 2009

Riding Drag

When I was young my Dad would talk about how it felt like he had been riding Drag all day. So I asked him, what is riding Drag? He explained to me with a drawing much like the one above. He said, that it was usually the worst job to have when pushing a herd of cattle. He should have known, since he was raised on a cattle ranch. He explained that you have keep strays from stopping, you get to eat the dust from all the herd, and you get filthy dirty. The job stinks, but has to be done.
Dad told me that every job was equally important when driving cattle! Everybody has a role to play and a post to watch! It is like a car engine, if any single part breaks down, the whole thing shuts down. He knew that I would understand that description. Cars have always been my thing.
The biggest thing I learned from my Dad, is that everyone is important. There are no small roles in life, only small self centered people that think they are above others. All arenas of thought have these people in them. Religion, Government, Business and so on. It is not our job to judge these people, it is our job to do the best with the tasks that ours to do.
A lesson that is still taught in this country is that we should look out when we think we are on top of it all, we are about to fall!

Just Eatin Dirt

Help Wanted?

I would like to bring up a sore subject. It is the job situation that we face here in this country. The Help Wanted sign was seen in every business here in Wise county just a few short months ago. So what is the real cause for the extinction of this sign species? My personal feeling, Greed. I don't mean corporations, governments, or small business. Those are just generic terms for what they do. No, I am talking about the people that run these things. Bigger bottom lines! I called a long term friend of mine, who is the head claims guy for a large ins. co here in Texas. He said that business is great and he needs to hire some adjusters. However, the big wheels, in the head office will not allow him to. He must cut, the labor costs, it affects their bonus. He and his staff are being driven into the ground, but there is no relief in sight!
Then we have our county people to look at, since being elected, they have been on a spending binge, like a drunk that was just paid. Now they want more tax money from a population that is already hurting. I don't even want to start on the state and federal people.
Soloman said that a greedy man brings trouble to his family! Why can't these people realize that we, the citizens and employees, are their extended family?

Just Venting!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Warning Sign (Misdirection)

Here in the western world, there are a multitude of signs we are told to observe. Warning labels on coffee, that it may be hot. Really? Warning labels on almost all of the products we buy and use. Other than poisons, the first labels I remember are the ever present smoking caution labels.
But a lot of warning signs are put up just to make us overlook the real danger. They are there to get us to thinking something is wrong when it is not. All the while more destructive events are happening, Healthcare Reform. When people are allowed to determine who gets to live or die based on the cost, things are out of control. Why are we in such a hurry???? I am not against healthcare. I have problems that the traditional ins company, in all of their fiscal greed, will not cover! The medical business has brought this on themselves with the overcharging for services, their need for all the toys they want. Success is good!!! Just don't pave the road to success over the graves of your so-called patients!

Just Warning!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

No Waiting

This is our motto, in this Land of Ours! How many times have we been to the store and got behind someone who has a buggy full of things. The one who is so not moving at the speed we think they should. We feel our faces turning red with rage. Ready to give them a piece of our mind. Why? Don't they know who I am? I am more important than them!
Folks, take a chill pill. It is not a big deal unless you make it that way. But, it is this no waiting mentality that is driving our political landscape. Nobody owes us anything. Rights are not made in a factory and then given out for all to take. No Sir, we have to fight for our rights! If you don't think you can handle it, it will upset your poor little system, Just Rewards are coming to you. I know a lady that believes that cows milk comes from a factory, cows are not involved. If we remain ignorant, the ones who are fighting will take control. And no, we can't all just get along, sorry Rodney.

Just Fuming!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Do Overs

I was taking a trip down memory lane, and it was a pleasant trip for the most part. Thinking about how stupid I was at times.
I found this picture that Brenda took of me exactly 20 years ago this month. Man would I like to talk to that guy. What I would tell him is that life is not just a party to be enjoyed, but it is always a training ground for bigger and better things to come. I would tell him that there are going to be things he cannot control. Mistakes that turn tragic. Potholes that would make any road guy happy.
I have been given a second chance at something I cherish deeply, so the reason for the trip. Sometimes even we as an adult get do overs.

Just Happy

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Good Times

A buddy of mine came up and hung out with me. Of course we had to make the required trip to Chili's, they know us there. After eating the Hot Wings and such, we had to fulfill an obligation at other locations to attempt to drink one more beer. The attempt failed. One became many that is the only way they got this picture. Thank goodness for DDs. I am the one with hair.

Just Partying.

My Beautiful Girls

My sweet young daughter decided to get married again, and that is wonderful. Macie Grace is the little one, and since she is the only girl, is quite spoiled. With 6 guys for cousins I think she will always have protection. I think my girls are very pretty. Just Braggin!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Life Can Suck at Times

In this life we live in, there are many and various hurdles we must jump or fail trying. I thought for my entire life that I was 10ft tall and bullet proof. I had not had a match since Superman died.
Well guess what, I could not have been more mistaken. There have been so many things that kicked my butt. I think that the events will not harm me, there is not a magic weapon that can hurt me. But get a reality check ready, let some one you love, trust, adore, etc. up and leave you, by act or by death, it will kick you in the privates! I am now a pro at dealing with the bull life can give you, but the joy that I live by is that everything and every event has a cycle. Things do actually improve inspite of the other actors in the drama! Just thinking.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What to do.

It is amazing the way some people react to situations that confront them. Some cry, some scream, and some just run away. Why do people get their panties in a wad over things that don't matter? In my short, but 55 years of living I always thought that people would mellow with age. It seems that my thoughts were wrong, we still think like a 19 year old at times. Perhaps, it will come to pass that we as a group will get our minds right and start to accept that the fact we don't always get our way. Solomon said that a story sounds truthful until we hear the other side.Just asking?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Just a newby

This is my first attempt at this! The line forms to left for laughter.