Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

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Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 7-22-13

Just a little free range gossip this morning gentle readers as I try to keep you informed on what happens around the O-NO Ranch.

It’s fairly early on a Saturday morn and the sky is somewhat overcast. I too am a little overcast from some late night dancing. Now, a late night for me is around 11 p.m. I’m not a big drinker but I am a full time dancer if given the opportunity. I was given the opportunity last night and took full advantage. This old codger loves to dance and the younger and prettier they are the harder I try. That’s what old cowboys do.

I can’t seem to beg any rain. It’s rained all around me and some pretty good rains at that, but alas, my turn has not come. I sent home the better part of the steers I had here at my place just for that reason. In fact I am feeding my ponies a little alfalfa in the mornings as a supplement.

It will rain, it usually does around Cheyenne Frontier Days and that’s coming up shortly.

I had a dentist appointment for yesterday and had confirmed it on the day before. I get to the dentist office and the crime scene tape is all around. The place had been blown up! Yep, twice in the last three weeks someone or somebodies have driven a car into the building to catch it on fire and this time there was an explosion. They didn’t have time to let me know so I reckon I’ll just stay on the mound (so to speak) like Charlie Brown and wait for something to happen that’s good down there. I will be getting a dental implant from another dentist in the near future. I might have to sell the place to pay for that one. They are expensive.

Speaking of spending money, I just had my old Buick repaired at the local Co-Op and that set me back close to $900. I’m due for a colonoscopy in a couple of weeks. Boy, this gettin’ old is sure lots of fun!!

The other evening as I was sitting on my front deck with some iced tea, I see this snake head pop up over the deck and I know at once it is a bull snake by the shape of his (her) head. He looks at me for a moment and decides to move along which is what I wanted him to do. I hate the thought of coming home late in the dark and stepping on a snake of any kind, especially one that looks and sounds like a rattler. I have not seen a rattler in a good long while around the house. That doesn’t mean they are not here, I just haven’s seen one.

As I look out the window I see Bobbie and Travis, my neighbors to the northwest out for a horseback ride. It’s a good morning for it. I reckon I’ll jump on the Harley in a little while and make a run to the post office before it gets too hot. It has been very hot and windy for the past few weeks. Not good.

That’s pretty much it from the O-NO for this week. Hope you are all well and havin’ lots of summer fun and your corn is high and your cattle fat.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and remember to stand up for freedom. I’ll c y’all, all y’all. ❖


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