Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

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August 25, 2014
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Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 8-25-14

Gentle readers, I had never heard the phrase “on matters and such” before until I was driving around Buckhorn canyon with friend Dave who had a small ranch nearby.

“We got to stop and see Eddie,” says Dave. “He is one interesting character as you’ll ever meet.” Now, let me stop you right here and be honest. Are those the exact words Dave said? I ain’t sure as it was over 25 years ago, but it is darn close.

To describe Eddie is not difficult. He was a raw boned, thin, with a little bit of a wild look to him. I would have to call him half cowboy, half mountain man. And yes, most of his conversations ended with “matters and such.” It’s funny some of the terms we choose to use in our vocabulary. My brother and sister use “so forth and so on,” on a regular basis. It’s what we grew up with and what’s comfortable for us. However, I don’t use it at all, not sure why.

One of the stories about Eddie, and there are many, was the time his dogs were barking at something they had treed in Eddie’s little ranch yard. Eddie went out to investigate and found a female raccoon and her little ones up in the tree. The female raccoon apparently felt threatened and leaped down onto Eddie’s back. He took a pretty fair country thrashing before she was done with him.

My only other occasion to visit with Eddie was at the Denver Stock Show when he and one of my now deceased neighbors (a lot like Eddie ) stopped at my booth to chew the fat. Yes, there were those “on matters and such” comments and I am not sure why I found it amusing, but coming from Eddie, well, it was just Eddie’s trademark and I enjoyed our visit.

On another subject the O-NO Ranch is getting a face lift. New sign over the gate, house freshly painted, all the corral and pasture gates repainted and my old squeeze chute is sitting behind the garage waiting for new paint and some new lumber. I bought this old chute from the widow of Don Mac Laughen (sp) a well know calf roper for many years in this area. The old chute was worn out when I bought it some almost 19 years ago. I haven’t had to use it a whole lot but it sure came in handy when I did need it. I have never had such a cover of grass on this place in the 20 years I have lived here. Man, it is a sight for sore eyes. Next year could be the opposite but who knows?

Before I close, how many of you have heard the phrase, “gosh zootie?” Not many I suspect. That was one of my dad’s favorite expressions. I don’t think I have every used it before unless it was in this column.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and be proud to be an American. Not everyone is and that’s sad! I’ll c y’all, all y’all.

One more thing, my 2015 calendars have been ordered and should be available in October, I’ll keep ya posted. ❖

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