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Tales from the O-NO Ranch 3-1-10

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

Today is Monday, gentle readers, and it’s column writing day. I don’t happen to have any earth shattering news or comments to put in this column today so I’ll just fly by the seat of my pants.

As I look out the window in front of me there is about 50 to 60 prairie goats, (antelopes) within a stones throw of where I sit. They are pawin’ through the snow trying to get enough to satisfy them. It’s cold again. We are at least 20 degrees below normal for this time of year and I am ready, ready, ready, for spring. It has been one of those old cold winters. I still have a snow drift in the back yard from an early December snow. Sounds sorta’ like a Monday already, don’t it?

I usually go to the cement pond on Mondays for my swim but today I am down in the lower back and it’s a challenge to get anything done it seems. Those of you who have or have had lower back issues, you know exactly what I’m takin’ about. It’s hard to describe that constant agonizing pain. I did get the ponies fed and made it to the T Bar for coffee and conversation. This Monday the subject of spending money came up along with other things like lower back problems.

There was a time that I tried to spend myself into prosperity and guess what? It don’t work. You can’t do it! I think it was Mark Twain or maybe Will Rogers or Thomas Jefferson that said, “a government that tries to spend itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and tryin’ to lift himself up.” Ya just can’t do it and I got that ol’ uneasy feeling that this administration is trying to do just that. I think they got the idea from the last administration. Don’t matter, it sort of all fits with this unusually cold Monday with no relief in sight weather wise for a couple more days.

In my situation Mondays are not much different than any other day since I am not required to get up and go off to a job somewhere. With that being said, I may have to in the future if our economy doesn’t get better but there is most likely not much demand for an old cowboy cartoonist with lower back problems.

Next Monday will be different. I’m sure the snow will be melted and the weather will be much warmer and I will be past the lower back thing. It usually doesn’t last but two or three days if I’m careful. I would almost bet a good weekend of dancin’ will sort out most of what ails me.

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