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Tales from the O-NO Ranch

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

Well, I gotta’ tell you gentle readers, I’m a little puffed up this morning. Yep, I swam 50, count ’em, 50 laps in the cement pond this morning and did so without having to stop and catch my breath! Not too bad for an old guy who will be lookin’ back at 65 here in a few days. I felt so good about the morning I decided to shoot off my mouth to a couple of gals that were leaving the rec center at the same time. Both had been swimming and, of course, their hair was wet and stringy.

“I love what you girls have done with your hair this morning,” I quipped.

They turned, smiled and replied, “It’s the casual, relaxed look, and, of course, we love your hair too!” They had been swimming in the next lane and were aware that if I got a dollar for every hair on the top of my head, I might could buy a pack of gum. I smiled and wished them a good day as I, all puffed up, made it to my truck.

Ran into Rachel, an ex-girlfriend, the other night and she commented on how well I looked. Rachel is one of the prettiest ladies that I know and she does not mince her words. Actually, what she said was, “The last time I saw you, you looked terrible! You look good, so whatever you are doing, just keep it up.” I tucked that away as a backhanded compliment. It sort of puffed me up!   

Son Andy is trusting me to make a little trip to Sterling to look at a tractor for him. I will decide if it gets bought or not. That puffs me up a little to know that my son holds such a high opinion of his old dad.

At this writing of May 1, there are some more folks a little puffed up. They are not even citizens of our country but they are demonstrating today for equal rights. They want the same rights that you and I have and they don’t want to have to go through the legal process to obtain them. That’s a little too puffed up for me.

I also understand that a fellow from Egypt has “muled” over 100 folks from the Middle East into our country in the last three years. Is our government so puffed up that we don’t feel that we need to close our borders and we should just let folks come and go as they wish? I have been told that the Border Patrol is doing as good of a job as they possible can with what they have to work with. My hat’s off to them.

I got a brief shower yesterday and off to the north, it really looked all puffed up like it could bring a lot of rain. It didn’t. Just a brief shower and lots of wind. It’s windy again today.

Well, gentle readers, I hope that there is something going on in your life that will give you the opportunity to get all puffed up in a good and happy way.

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


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