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Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 4-2-12

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

Gentle readers, most all of you, if not all, have heard the term “survivor’s guilt”. It’s a real thing. You hear horror stories from soldiers that have come back from the war zone and if they survived a terrible incident where most of their comrades were killed, they always, with remorse, talk about how guilty they feel for being alive when their best friends were taken.

I felt that way when Little Miss Martha passed away. I had cancer too, why did I get well and she didn’t? I ask myself that a million times.

Now that I have put a tag on this column I am going to switch horses and talk about a softer survivor’s guilt. Today the wind is blowing as is the norm for March. The weather girl said last night that this month of March was going into the record books as the driest March in the recorded weather history in Colorado. It’s dry. It’s very, very dry and the wind has blown it seems like forever. I do live in windy country up here close to the Wyoming border so I expect more wind than my neighbors to the south of me. My neighbors to the south have had just about as much wind as I have had this winter and spring. The winter was milder than normal and certainly drier than normal.

Last year during the summer when I would visit with my family and friends down in the old country of Texas, they would bemoan how wretched dry and hot it was. They prayed until many times they felt they had prayed themselves out. It didn’t rain. It still hasn’t rained in a large portion of West Texas and some other regions as well. Each and every time I would visit with them I could tell without asking that they were struggling to find an escape from the daily grind of hot and dry, and tomorrow will be hotter and drier. I would feel survivor’s guilt because I was having a nice summer with abundant grass for the livestock and no ration on my water usage.

I finally reached the point of trying to make an end run around the weather issue because I would feel so badly for them after our conversations were over. They felt bad and I felt bad for feeling good about our weather situation.

Survivor’s guilt. I told my brother down at Andrews, Texas, “Bro, you guys will get beyond this and I would almost bet ya that come next spring we here in Colorado will be entering into a drought and you guys will be getting much needed rain.”

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I think that I may have made a probable prediction. We had a grass fire a couple of weeks ago just west of my place that burned up close to 700 acres of grass. Thank goodness no buildings or houses were lost. It did burn right up to and around a number of homes and some folks were instructed to get out.

It really doesn’t look good for our future weather. We have no systems moving in that have the capacity to produce any moisture. Some parts of West Texas have had some rain and central Texas has received a good amount of rain up to the north. I am glad that I did suffer some survivor’s guilt over the Texas drought last summer and now I can really whine and moan if we should suffer the same fate here in Colorado this summer. I don’t think anyone wants to hear me whine, right?

All it will take is a couple of really good rains. It is what it is, take it or leave it.¬†We can talk about the weather and we usually do every day, we just can’t do anything about it. It’s as simple as that.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c. y’all, all y’all.