Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

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April 7, 2014
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Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 4-7-14

Yes, gentle readers, this past winter, in my humble opinion, was a winter that was. In fact, I don’t think it has fully left as of yet. I just started the woodstove on this March 31 date.

By the way, have you signed up for the Afforadable Care Act? As I write, this is the last day you can do that without penalty. Only thing that the ACA and my column have in common is that you have to read it to know what’s in it!

I digress. Back to winter. The wind is blowing about 40 mph in a steady gale and it’s right out of the north and it’s cold, cold, cold. I have a friend coming out this morning and we were going to ride horses. She will be disappointed I’m sure, but I didn’t order up this weather. According to our weather person, it will be cold and windy all week long with possible snow and rain showers. Now folks, this is not unusual weather for this time of year. I have seen it worse in years past. The difference is this winter has been consistant. It’s been cold, wet, windy with snows and tumbleweeds seemingly an everyday occurance. It’s not like that but it seems to be for me anyway. Yes, there were those few precious days in January when it was 55-60 during the day. Of course those days were followed up by big storms that seem to come one right after another.

Our neighbors up the eastern seaboard and the midwest really got socked this year. They won’t forget this winter any time soon I betcha, nor will I. I’m ready to get in a litte Harley time on a warm summer night. Man, that will release all of your demons and cares of the day.

It seems that the older I get the faster time seems to run around me and not even look back. I know that in a couple of weeks or so the weather will moderate and I can spend a lot of time outside. I think that’s what makes me grouchy is having to be indoors so much this winter. If it was doing chores or splitting and hauling firewood to the house I didn’t even want to be outdoors.

The ponies are finding a little green grass now and then but it needs to warm up for that situation to improve. I’m betting that next winter is milder but of course I will be older and most likely just as grouchy.

As a sidebar I lost another friend to cancer this past week and saw on the news yesterday where two motorcyclist hit head on and were killed. Very sad. You guys be careful this summer when you are out and about. Look out for your neighbor, slow down and for Pete’s sake, throw those darn smokes away. I did 24 years ago and it was one of the toughest things I ever had to go through, but you can do it also!! You’ll love yourself when you just don’t need them anymore.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion, love this country enough to stand up for the red white and blue! I’ll c y’all, all y’all. ❖

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