Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

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December 30, 2013
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Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 12-30-13

Well, it’s time again for those of us who decide to make a New Year’s resolution to get busy and “git ’er done!”

My resolution, forgive me if I screw up here as I am listening to our President at a press conference ducking and dodging, is to be a better listener. Yep, I got to learn to sometimes just shut up and listen. I am fond of the old saying, “It is better to keep yer mouth closed and let folks assume you are a fool instead of opening yer yap and prove that you are indeed a fool!”

My dad was a quiet man but my mother on the other hand, would not let you get a word in edgeways. Well, maybe ONE word, but that was it. She assumed, I suppose that whatever she had to say was much more important than what anyone else might offer up. That’s sad and I am embarrassed to admit it, but that’s just who she was. Didn’t keep her from having a good heart and she was one who was always for the underprivileged, and proved it time and time again by helping those who desperately needed it. I am not as bad as my mom was, but I know where the chinks in my armor are. My father in law, my dad, and other men I have known had a way of just absorbing a conversation without butting in but when they did speak, they spoke volumes with a few selected words or phrases. That’s who I want to be before they put me in the box.

We learn certain behaviors when we are young and it’s up to us to correct the ones that are not constructive when we recognize them. There are those times as a story teller when my “yapping” pays dividends. It helps to be able to converse in such a way that those receiving the “yapping” are enjoying it or at least can comfortably bear it. There is a happy medium that I hope to find so I don’t bore anyone with constant drivel. You will notice that my columns are not real long as a general rule. As a result, when I have said all that I felt needing “saying,” I quit writing and wait for another day to unload on my readers with whatever is on my mind at the time.

I want us all to have a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year. I will work on my self improvement and hope that I am successful in my endeavors.

As a sidebar, my new horse did not work out and the folks that sold him to me will come and pick him up with no hurt feelings. They guaranteed him to be a certain way and unfortunately I didn’t find him to be so. He did have many good qualities but I didn’t think he would be safe enough for a novice rider that might be my guest and want to ride him. I will let them keep one third of the price of the horse for the cost that they had to be responsible for. They were OK with that as was I. Good folks they are. I didn’t expect them to take the horse back. But here we are again looking for that safe, sensible horse with no issues. I mean no issues like being silly about his head, feet, no rear, no buck, no colic, no cribbing, never foundered and easy to catch. A good ole’ retired ranch horse that still has some good years in him without being ridden hard is what I need.

With that said, let me wish you all a wonderful 2014 and go Duck Dynasty! Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion, remember to do good unto others, and I’ll c y’all, all y’all. ❖

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