Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 4-8-13
April 15, 2013
How many times have you gentle readers asked that question in your lifetime? A bunch I betcha. I know for a fact I have most likely more than you have. I'm wondering now as I look out upon a lazy hazy day that has a lot of features like maybe spring is here. Is it? Are we there yet?
I haven't seen ol' Robin Red Breast as of yet but am keeping a keen eye out for him. One of my neighbors to the south has seen Mr. Red Breast already.
There are a number of other things that I wonder on occasion if I am there yet.
Am I as patient as I am ever gonna' get or is there room for improvement? The editor of this fine paper will testify that I don't always send her a column that has been proof read by someone who has patience as a virtue. Yep, I have to admit that there are those times that I call after I have sent my column and ask Amiella if she will do this or that to my column to make it appear as if I'm a real journalist. She always bails me out. I recently wrote a column about RFD T.V. and informed you folks that RFD stood for rural farm delivery. It didn't, as was so apply relayed to me by a somewhat upset reader. He informed me that if I had done my research by going to the RFD website I would know that RFD stood for RURAL FREE DELIVERY! Sorry about misinforming some of you, but apparently I am not there yet.
Am I as "good lookin" as I'm ever gonna' get? Am I there yet? I figure I was there some 50 years ago and was hoping beyond hope that age would somehow preserve me. You know what? I think it has. I think I'm well preserved. You know, sort of like one of those mummified guys they find over there in Egypt. Well, hopefully not to that degree. I will say this: in the last four years I have lost four of my dearest friends that I looked forward to having phone conversations with almost each and every week. Sad part of that is I am older than all but one. Well, sad for them but not so sad for me. I'm a happy Jack that feels good about what my life is all about in the present. I love working in the emergency room at the hospital on a volunteer basis. I can't wait for Friday night lights because that's when my weekend of dancing happens. I have so many wonderful friends and darn pretty dance partners to look forward to.
I must be there yet when it comes to having fun and taking it one day at a time I reckon life is what you make of it. I will admit that I do struggle from time to time as I reflect on this or that and wonder if I have done my best. Obviously most of us would fit into that category at least some of the time.
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Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and stand tall for all that you believe to be true. I'll cy'all, all y'all. ❖